We started our tour by taking the Metro to the Trocadero across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. My father-in-law put us on to this as the best place to get pictures of the tower. As usual, Father knows best. This location gave us a great view with enough distance to get some perspective. We also didn't have to deal so much with the crowds at the time we went.
Our next stop was the Ch. de Gaulle-Etoile where we came up out of the Metro right beside the Arc de Triomphe. This area was more crowded than the Trocadero, but the sidewalks are extremely wide here and we were able to set up the tripod and get pictures that showed the relief of the carvings on the arch very well. This area is also the beginning of the Des Champs Ellysees that runs back down toward the Place de la Concorde near the river. We had a wonderful walk under the trees filled with tiny white lights lining the street.
Later we traveled down to the Palais Royal stop near The Louve. The museum was closed, but we got some spectacular pictures of the pyramids leading into the complex. From there we walked down the Left Bank by some street vendors selling everything from freshly made crepes to old books and crossed over one of the many bridges of the River Seine.
We stopped off at a cafe near the st Michelle churchyard in the Latin Quarter and had a glass of wine to finish off our evening of sightseeing. This was the most relaxing time we had the whole trip as it was at our own pace and we chose the places we wanted to see.
June 18, 2004
From journal April in Paris