|Tricolours outside the Hotel de Ville |
|Crowds gathering to view the Bastille Day Parade|
However there was much more to be impressed by. Paris to me means history, statues, art and architecture and a special kind of light over the Seine.
The "Pyramid" at the Louvre came in for a lot of criticism when it opened. I am not a great fan of modern architecture, but somehow this juxtaposition of the old and new works. You descend in the glass structure to a marvellous spacious reception area with impressive visitor facilities. And what did we spend the most money on when in Paris - postcards and pictures from the Louvre!
|The Pyramid at the Louvre|
As a lover of opera, operetta and ballet, a tour of the Paris Opera House was another must for me - once we had negotiated how to cross the road in the heavy traffic, as pedestrian green lights did not seem to guarantee you safety.
|Bastille Metro Station|