Other Paris Sights

It’s not difficult to find something around Paris (pics) that you want to photograph: monuments, fountains, sculptures, museums, food.

Place de la Concorde is one of Paris’ most impressive plazas, anchoring one end of the Champs-Élysées opposite the Arc de Triomphe.  In the 1790’s, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were guillotined in Place de la Concorde along with some 1340 others over a two year period.  And then, of course, the Arc de Triomphe is another Paris icon.

Louvre - Four Captives

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A Night at the Opera

For the week we spent in Paris, we rented an apartment in the 2nd arrondissement.  It is a terrific location, just a short walk to the Royal Palace, the Louvre, close to two subway stations and in an area with lots of restaurants and shops.  In addition, it is about 4 blocks from Palais Garnier (pics), one of the most famous opera houses in the world.

Our host for the apartment suggested either taking the tour of Palais Garnier or, better yet, checking out ticket availability for performances while we were staying there.  We did just that and found that we could get tickets.

Palais Garnier

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Eiffel Tower

It’s the Eiffel Tower.  The most visited paid monument in the world.  It’s hard to imagine that this beautiful tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World’s Fair.  The builder, Gustave Eiffel put up about half of the money needed to construct the tower in return for which he was given a 20 year contract that permitted him to collect the fees for entrance to the tower.  By the end of the world’s fair there were almost 2 million visitors.  After this 20 year period, ownership would revert to the city of Paris and they planned to tear it down.

Sadly, during our visit in Paris, the top level of the Eiffel tower was closed.  Such is the nature of travel.  You can’t always visit a particular place during a perfect time for weather, events or availability of major attractions.