A stroll along the Seine, Paris

I’m back in Istanbul, but still posting the last photos from my trip in Paris during the middle of July. Yes, I took about 1,000 photos. No, you won’t have to see them all. I think this will have to be the last of them.

One afternoon, Shelley and I took a stroll along the Seine on our way to a museum. Just a few photos I took on the way.
One afternoon, Shelley and I took a stroll along the Seine on our way to a museum. Just a few photos I took on the way.
Funny! And surprised the words are English.
Funny! And surprised the words are English.
A huge chalk board! He's Shelley, signing it.
A huge chalk board! He’s Shelley, signing it.
I guess it's art?
I guess it’s art?
This is the base of the Alexander III Bridge. Those "railroad ties" are seats, which you find all over this section of the Seine. They are made of recycled plastic.
This is the base of the Alexander III Bridge. Those “railroad ties” are seats, which you find all over this section of the Seine. They are made of recycled plastic.
These pods were presented as portable "hotel" rooms. Inside was a round couch with pillows. You'd have to sleep in a curve, but I guess. It's larger than the capsule hotel I stayed in in Saigon.
These pods were presented as portable “hotel” rooms. Inside was a round couch with pillows. You’d have to sleep in a curve, but I guess. It’s larger than the capsule hotel I stayed in in Saigon.
This is a floating greenhouse filled with plants. I had expected vegetables, but these were flowering.
This is a floating greenhouse filled with plants. I had expected vegetables, but these were flowering.
These hammocks were open for anyone to try out.
These hammocks were open for anyone to try out.
This floating greenhouse was lovely. There were lots of signs, but not in English, so I don't know exactly what they were trying to teach. Waht surprised me what that it was completely open and accessible--there was no caretaker or security.
This floating greenhouse was lovely. There were lots of signs, but not in English, so I don’t know exactly what they were trying to teach. Waht surprised me what that it was completely open and accessible–there was no caretaker or security.

Tuileries Garden, Paris

Tuileries Garden, Paris, 2015, 3From Wikipedia: The Tuileries Garden (French: Jardin des Tuileries, IPA: [ʒaʁdɛ̃ de tɥilʁi]) is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Created by Catherine de Medicis as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually opened to the public in 1667, and became a public park after the French Revolution. In the 19th and 20th century, it was the place where Parisians celebrated, met, promenaded, and relaxed.

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Pont Alexandre III, Paris

View from the bank of the Seine.
View from the bank of the Seine.

The Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris. It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The bridge is widely regarded as the most extravagant bridge in the city.

Four gilt-bronze statues of Fames watch over the bridge. According to Wikipedia:

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The Nymph reliefs are at the centers of the arches over the Seine, memorials to the Franco-Russian Alliance.
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The glass structure is the Grand Palais

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In the far distance is The Dome, part of the Invalides complex.

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Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe

This angle view gives you a good idea of how very big this moment is. The official name is the The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile. Beneath the arch is is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Interred on Armistice Day 1920,[15] it has the first eternal flame lit in Western and Eastern Europe since the Vestal Virgins' fire was extinguished in the fourth century.
This angle view gives you a good idea of the size of this moment. The official name is the The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile. Beneath the arch is is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Interred on Armistice Day 1920, it has the first eternal flame lit in Western and Eastern Europe since the Vestal Virgins’ fire was extinguished in the fourth century.
The famous Champs Elysee is about 2km in length. It runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, which you can just see in the far distance.
The famous Champs Elysee is about 2km in length. It runs between the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle, which you can just see in the far distance.
On the Champs Elysee, heading toward the Arc de Triomphe. Following its construction, the Arc de Triomphe became the rallying point of French troops parading after successful military campaigns and for the annual Bastille Day Military Parade. I arrived in Paris the day after this parade and the flags were still flying.   Famous victory marches around or under the Arc have included the Germans in 1871, the French in 1919, the Germans in 1940, and the French and Allies in 1944 and 1945.
On the Champs Elysee, heading toward the Arc de Triomphe. Following its construction, the Arc de Triomphe became the rallying point of French troops parading after successful military campaigns and for the annual Bastille Day Military Parade. I arrived in Paris the day after this parade and the flags were still flying.
Famous victory marches around or under the Arc have included the Germans in 1871, the French in 1919, the Germans in 1940, and the French and Allies in 1944 and 1945.
The monument stands 50 metres (164 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. It was the tallest triumphal arch in existence until the completion of the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City in 1938.
The monument stands 50 metres (164 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. It was the tallest triumphal arch in existence until the completion of the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City in 1938.
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.
The Arc de Triomphe honors those who died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. The names of all French victories and generals are inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.
A side view. The Arc is located in a huge round about at the end of the Champs Elysee. It is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle.
A side view. The Arc is located in a huge round about at the end of the Champs Elysee. It is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle.

A boat trip down the Seine

This was just a two hour trip, with a light sandwich and drink, but it was one of the highlights of my trip to Paris.

The boat left from just below the Eiffel Tower.
The boat left from just below the Eiffel Tower.
Paris is for lovers! Wedding pictures near the boat port.
Paris is for lovers! Wedding pictures near the boat port.
There were surprisingly few street performers in Paris. I expected to see many. But there was this human statue.
There were surprisingly few street performers in Paris. I expected to see many. But there was this human statue.
The dinner cruise started at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on the Seine, one of the great rivers of the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seine
The dinner cruise started at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on the Seine, one of the great rivers of the world.
"While it's common knowledge that the Notre Dame Cathedral is the technical epicenter of Paris, the real essence of the city is captured by the river Seine." http://www.aparisguide.com/seine/
“While it’s common knowledge that the Notre Dame Cathedral is the technical epicenter of Paris, the real essence of the city is captured by the river Seine.” A Paris Guide
The trick is to remember when you face DOWNRIVER the left bank is on your left and the right bank is on your right. If you can't tell left from right at this point you should not be traveling alone! This is the Alexander III Bridge.
The trick is to remember when you face DOWNRIVER the left bank is on your left and the right bank is on your right. If you can’t tell left from right at this point you should not be traveling alone! This is the Alexander III Bridge.
Detail, Alexander III Bridge (Pont Alexandre III)  It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The bridge is the most ornate in Paris. It is classified as a French Monument historique in The Beaux-Arts style.  It is named after Tsar Alexander III. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896.
Detail, Alexander III Bridge (Pont Alexandre III) It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The bridge is the most ornate in Paris. It is classified as a French Monument historique in The Beaux-Arts style. It is named after Tsar Alexander III. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896.
The Luxor Obelisk marks the center of the Place de la Concorde, where so many were guillotined during The Revolution. The obelisk is over 3,000 years old and was originally situated outside of Luxor Temple, where its twin remains. It first arrived in Paris in 1833, a gift of Muhammed Ali, Khedive of Egypt (NOT the Boxer!).   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxor_Obelisk
The Luxor Obelisk marks the center of the Place de la Concorde, where so many were guillotined during The Revolution. The obelisk is over 3,000 years old and was originally situated outside of Luxor Temple, where its twin remains. It first arrived in Paris in 1833, a gift of Muhammed Ali, Khedive of Egypt (NOT the Boxer!).
The Musée d'Orsay now houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. The building originally was a railway station built between 1898 and 1900, the Gare d'Orsay.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_d%27Orsay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gare_d%27Orsay
The Musée d’Orsay houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. The building originally was a railway station built between 1898 and 1900, the Gare d’Orsay.
Sitting on the left bank.
Sitting on the left bank.
The Louvre.
The Louvre.
There are estimated to be 37 bridges in Paris that span the Seine. The Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge. It links the Institut de France (where they decided what is and is NOT French!) and the central square (cour carrée) of the Palais du Louvre.  Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks (love locks) with their first names written or engraved on them to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture.[3] This gesture is said to represent a couple's committed love. The locks are cut off periodically by police.
There are estimated to be 37 bridges in Paris that span the Seine. The Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge. It links the Institut de France (where they decided what is and is NOT French!) and the central square (cour carrée) of the Palais du Louvre.
Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks (love locks) with their first names written or engraved on them to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture.[3] This gesture is said to represent a couple’s committed love. The locks are cut off periodically by police.
On this island in the middle of the Seine, is the Notre Dame Cathedral and is accessed by the Pont Neuf.
On this island in the middle of the Seine, is the Notre Dame Cathedral and is accessed by the Pont Neuf.
The Oldest bridge is the Pont Neuf which has been immortalized by artists and poets and even 20th century films.
The Oldest bridge is the Pont Neuf which has been immortalized by artists and poets and even 20th century films.
...and someone seems to be living there.
…and someone seems to be living there.
Notre Dame.
Notre Dame.
Another bridge, another million locks.
Another bridge, another million locks.
Notre Dame's famous flying buttress'.
Notre Dame’s famous flying buttresses.
Paris is for lovers.
Paris is for lovers.
...and we turn around and sail back to where we started.
…and we turn around and sail back to where we started.