We went to Paris this weekend - a rare family trip away. Here are some of the photos we took which I hope gives you a very different view of Paris.
From our apartment we could see the Eiffel Tower - terrible focus as I didn't have a camera stand but you get the idea. This 125 year old edifice still knows how to strut her stuff!
Isn't she pretty in Spring?
We chose not to go up The Eiffel Tower - unless you pre-book you have to queue for ages so we decided on another vantage point - the Montparnasse Tower. No queue here and it has the fastest lift in Europe which in 38 seconds takes you to a height of 196 meters (over 640 ft). A final flight of stairs and you are on the outdoor viewing platform where you get the most fantastic panoramic view of Paris. And of course if you go up the Eiffel Tower you don't get to see her do you?!
A couple of shop/bars names caught my eye:
and Chicken Clothes (sadly not for our feathered friends which was a pity!)
and I got to see a Hippopotamus!
We have no idea what these cyclists were demonstrating about but they were very colourful, very loud and upset a few car drivers!
We managed to book our week-end to coincide with the Paris Marathon - it was a fabulous atmosphere and we cheered on the brave runners.
Near La Place de la Concorde are several sculptures of hands - this tiny one looked so lonely on it's large granite plinth that Ben felt it needed a comforting touch.
We went to Montmartre and yes - we really did see a man hanging off a lamppost by one hand spinning a football. He had been doing the most amazing "keepy uppy" on the plinth below which in itself was incredible but his talent appeared to have no limits. He climbed this lamppost whilst spinning the ball on a pen held in his mouth before doing more mind boggling ball control. A truly talented man. (Montmartre and the Basilica of Sacre Coeur were wonderful too but this is somethihg you don't see every day in Paris!)
Finally, we were made to feel at home. There was a cow just down the road from our apartment! Now who would have expected that!
Have you been to Paris and seen some unusual things? Please do let us know.