I was only in Paris for a few days during my Europe trip, but wherever I went, from the famous attractions like the Louvre and Notre Dame, to taking walks to the National Library and along the river, the view was enjoyable. It’s obvious that a lot of effort is put into preserving not just historic buildings but decades-old townhouses. There are a lot of old buildings and hardly any highrises, and this is probably a deliberate form of urban planning to maintain the look of entre neighborhoods. The subway also has a distinct antique character, so for example, you have to open the subway doors by hand and a lot of the hallways, stairs and platforms look like you could be in the 50s. It is a great city to stroll through the streets and neighborhoods and riverbank, and I only wish I could have done much more of that.
Goodbye Paris. Setting off at Gare Lyon station
The top photo and this one above were taken during a morning walk before I left Paris in the afternoon. It was a serene way to enjoy viewing Notre Dame without encountering hordes of people.
Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France)
Elevated subway station
Looking at one of the many great paintings at the Louvre
Admiring some of Paris’ grand buildings from on top of the Montparnasse Tower
I didn’t realize how massive the Louvre is until I saw it from here (it’s the long building on the left that stretches past more than half of the photo). Notre Dame with its twin towers is to the right.