Paris 2012

The famous attractions of Paris are what make the French capital the number one tourist destination in the world. I had been in Paris twice, 20 years ago for a week, and one more time on in 2004 a 6-hour layover during a flight to Spain.

Montmartre – in many people’s opinions the most romantic area in Paris… This 130 metre high hill is one of the few areas in Paris that have retained their original medieval street layout and were left unscathed by the big rebuilding of Paris in the 1860s.

Following my visit to Sacré Coeur I strolled down the southwestern flanks of Montmartre, past the Moulin de la Galette, one of the few windmills left on this iconic hill. It was one of about 14 windmills that once stood here which were used to press grapes and mill wheat.

My explorations of Paris on April 21, 2012 included a walk past some of Paris’s most famous attractions: the Moulin Rouge, Place Pigalle, the historic Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est.

Paris by bike and bateau mouche – that sounded like a great – if somewhat unusual – combination to for exploring the French capital. The final point of my itinerary on April 21, 2012 was… Read more.

April 22, 2012 was another day with very predictably unpredictable weather. One hour it was sunny, then it rained for an hour, then it got sunny again, and that’s how it went the whole day…. Read more.

After my adventures in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, one of Paris’ most beautiful urban parks, I hopped on the Metro again and exited on the Ile de la Cité, the oldest area of Paris… Read more.

So far, my stay in Paris had been very enjoyable and interesting, despite all the rainy weather. Well, not surprisingly, April 24, 2012 was another rainy day, perfect for attending some Paris museums. Wanting to… Read more.

April 25, 2012 was my last day in Paris and I was planning to embark on one more excursion before heading out to the airport. Already located in the east end of the city, it… Read more.