Saturday - Paris December 2008


Saturday 6th December 2008

First day in Paris, arrived by Eurostar around lunchtime. Met up with Benoit for dinner in the evening.

Paris December 2008

John's Pictures
Maison de Stuff

13:24:12 Chie in the now standard Eurostar picture, at Gare du Nord.14:43:19 Chie on the metro on the way to our hotel.15:18:09 By the side of our hotel, just after checking in, we were intrigued by this public bike rental system they have in Paris.

15:18:20 A couple of those bikes up close.15:34:43 A heron in a little park near Bercy.16:08:24 Lunch at a place in the Bercy village shopping centre.

16:40:00 Not sure what the donkeys were here for.16:52:41 Heading into the centre of Paris, one of the many bridges over the Seine. Reminded me a bit of kintaikyo in Japan.16:53:54 The bridge again from a slightly different angle.

18:44:26 Bon Marche - a department store in the centre of Paris. I liked the lights here, although they didn't really come out that well in this picture.19:35:12 You can't beat a little turret like this.19:35:32 Quite an appealing looking restaurant frontage to the right hand side as well.

19:43:35 Notre Dame, not very well lit in this picture.19:49:41 That's better! The Christmas tree was rather nice too.19:50:13 ...even better still I think.

19:56:55 Close up on the Christmas tree.20:01:33 Notre Dame from the side.20:04:01 ...and almost from the back.

20:04:27 On Chie's map it said this was a good place for a view of Notre Dame - I think it probably meant by day.21:19:41 Aha! This is my former colleague Benoit - I'd emailed him last minute to let him know we were coming to Paris, and luckily he was free this evening. So here we are in a very French bistro, looking very French indeed.22:09:55 Chie with her Tarte Tatin. She rather liked this apparently.

22:10:19 A picture Benoit took of the two of us (no we don't know those other people).22:30:30 Chie and Benoit outside the restaurant.22:30:52 Me and Chie outside the restaurant.

22:41:25 A couple of buildings we walked past on our way to a bar to have another drink...22:41:35 ...and another. Apparently lots of famous French people buried here.