Scenes From A Paris Street! The “City Of Light” At Night! Notre Dame Rebuilding Update! Seine Hitch-Hikers And Spiral Staircase Selfies!

My First Night In Paris…

I have been sharing some pictures on social media of my just-concluded trip to Paris, and it began with this shot of an iconic Parisian building as the sun was setting, a first night of classic beauty that confirms this is the “city of light”:

As wikipedia states:

“Paris is often referred to as the City of Light (La Ville Lumière), both because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment and more literally because Paris was one of the first large European cities to use gas street lighting on a grand scale on its boulevards and monuments.”

I was just in Paris for 5 days, meeting on a television project, and I wanted to share some of the random moments from the trip, beginning with my travel companion on my flight:

Meet “The Mummy!”

When you travel solo, you never know who will end up next to you, and this time it was a guy who slept encased in a blanket cocoon…he seemed nice enough when alive…

Oh La La!

Things were livelier outside the Moulin Rouge after a rainstorm – nothing can dampen the excitement of this part of Paris, where the famed stage show shares a street with literally dozens of sex shops…

Near the Bastille I passed this Pizza Vending Machine again – I’d still love to try this one time to see just how well it works…instead, I had an incredible lunch at Le Servan, including yellowtail, fresh tomato, pistachios and marinated red bell peppers served over a brioche, and yes, it was spectacular:

I also wandered the streets of Paris on my days off, and I mean WANDERED: over 15 miles each day of walking, which led me past this street market sight on Saint-Germain:

My wife Alex and I would love to get an apartment in Paris just so we could buy fresh fish, vegetables, meat and more to make a Parisian feast every night…

I also walked to the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, with more than 3.5 million visitors annually, making it the most visited necropolis in the world.

I will share some of the famous graves I visited, as well as my inept attempt to get there…

The Rebuilding Begins…

I also visited Notre Dame to see what was happening, and as this picture shows, they are in the process of stabilizing the structure so that rebuilding can begin. I will share more of that as well…and while crossing the Seine, I noticed this “hitch-hiker” – take a look and you will see at the end of the :35 second video:

As you can see, it was “take your car to work” day here…finally, my hotel in Paris has a tradition spiral staircase, so I had to get a selfie to share with you…well, a “forehead selfie” at least –

I will share several of my Paris adventures, including a few things I had never done before in all of my trips here – but if you want to see why I love Paris so much, I shared this before…

Yes, Paris knows that nothing tops a potato like caviar – you can see more here:

Let me know your favorite Parisian experience!

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11 replies

  1. What a wonderful trip! And what better place for a marathon walk! I’ve only been to Paris once and hope to go back someday!

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  2. I love Paris. Glad to see the repair work happening. Your food shots look delectable. Walking and eating suits you!

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  3. I remember the first time I went to Montmartre, when I was around 11 years old. It seemed to sum up the feel of the ‘Old Paris’, as well as giving great views over the city.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Pete i wandered into a big protest last night – dozens of police in film riot gear surrounding the Sacre Coeur – not sure why as the protestors seemed harmless – couldn’t stay because i had a dinner reservation!!!

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  4. A most entertaining post as always, John. I have not been to Paris but maybe I will share a post about my South Korean experience.

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