I’ve written and posted several articles about Paris’ top attractions. This article is just about what you see when you’re in the city.
As you travel around Paris, you’ll notice a lot of places selling things for the tourists.
Almost everywhere you go, they are selling postcards and little, miniature Eiffel Tower’s.
Here are some little Eiffel Tower’s for sale as souvenirs.
I was surprised at how many shops had hats for sale.
This store had some very nice guitars in it.
I was happy to see a Harley-Davidson store in Paris so I went in and bought a shirt.
A lot of people ride bicycles or little scooters in Paris. Now days, just about every major city has this bicycle system, where you use a bike and bring it back when you’re done.
The best way to get around Paris is by subway.
Paris subways are clean, which makes it easier to travel by them. I’ve been to some cities and their subways were dirty and looked very bad.
Paris’ subway system is easy to learn.
During your trip, you’ll see people entertaining the crowds in the subways for tips.
Another way to see the city is by tour bus.
This is a very big business in Paris. You see Tour buses running the roads all the time.
I mentioned Champs Elysees in another of my articles. It’s believed to be the best shopping boulevard in the entire world. I searched for a certain watch and finally found it.
This is a restaurant along the Champs Elysees.
My sister and I had a nice lunch here while we were walking the boulevard and shopping.
Check out some of the men’s clothing for sale in some stores along the Champs Elysees.
If I bought something like this, I don’t know where I’d wear it, lol.
This guy is creating great pictures with just spray paint. I’ve seen guys doing this all across the U.S. and every time they are all very talented.
Here’s some of his work. Done with spray paint. Amazing!
I mentioned that a lot of people ride bikes and scooters. Well, a good many people also drive some of the smallest cars you’ll ever see. I’ve never seen a car like the one below. It’s got to go forever on just one tank of gas.
Here’s one of the cop cars. Doesn’t look too intimidating does it?
Paris has many struggling artists. On your walks around town, you’ll see people trying to sell their paintings.
Also, there’s artists who will draw you for a small fee.
Around the city, you’ll see lot’s of ‘Human Statues’. These people dress up, paint their faces and stand still all day for tips. You can get a photo of them or with them but remember, they work for tips so give them a little something for the effort.
One area of Paris that you must visit is the Latin Quarter. I stayed there on my first visit to Paris because I read that it’s a lively, happening place. It’s a series of narrow little streets lined on the sides with many shops, bars and restaurants.
Here’s one restaurant in the Latin Quarter.
During the winter months, you’ll see people roasting chestnuts in shopping carts and selling them to passer-bys.
I bought some because I had never had roasted chestnuts before. I didn’t like them.
July 14th in France is similar to our 4th of July. They call it Bastille Day and it commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the bastille.
On the morning of the 14th, Paris has the oldest and largest military parade in Europe come down the Champs Elysees in front of the President of the Republic, Dignitaries and thousands of people.
These guys are waiting for the parade to start. My sister and I came to Paris on this date to see the Bastille Day celebration so we got to the Champs Elysees early.
I started to sense things weren’t going to be smooth when the time kept ticking away and the parade never started.
My sister stayed in one spot and I went to see if there was anywhere that we could get to see the parade. As you can tell by the photo, it was packed with people.
We never could find a place to watch from that we’d actually be able to see the parade. We waited for a long time, standing behind the crowds that were lining the Champs Elysees but the parade never started. Finally, we grew extremely frustrated and left without seeing the parade. I know they had it but I have no idea when it started but it didn’t start in the morning like it was supposed to. I left feeling like Paris couldn’t even pull off a military parade the right way.
This article concludes my series about Paris. I’ll be writing about other cities I’ve visited now. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my travels.
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