Riverboating in Paris

Eiffel

In June 2010 I spent some time in Paris, and at one point we went on a riverboat cruise. When a city has a river running through it, it’s really fun to get to see some of the major attractions from a distance in a boat.

Some of the attractions we could see from the boat while on the Seine was the Eiffel tower, the Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and many other places.

One of the many churches in Paris

Sacre coeur

I don’t claim to know how many churches one can find in Paris, but I’m pretty sure there’s quite a few of them. This is, in my opinion, one of the most famous ones. Sacré-Cœur Basilica. I’ve posted about it before, and every time I need to copy/paste the name in, because I don’t want to spell it wrong.

Sacré-Cœur Basilica was completed in 1914, and is a Roman Catholic church in the 18th Arrondissement in Paris. It’s a relatively large church and the view from outside is pretty incredible, so if you find yourself in Paris, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica is worth a visit.

The Triumph of Paris?

Triumfbuen paris

In late June 2010, I went with a large group to Paris (France, not Texas as the norwegian soda Solo has been using in their commercials this summer), and during that trip, we got to see quite a few typical places to see when in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe is a well-known site to visit, and around it one can find what I think of as one of the scariest round-about I’ve been in.

The Arc de Triomphe was built between 1806 and 1836, and stands in honor of those who fought for France. In particular, those who fought the Napoleonic Wars, but the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the first World War can also be found there.

Tinkerbell tops off the Castle in Disneyland Paris

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This picture was taken in Disneyland Paris, I’ve written more about the park here. As most (if not all) of my pictures from Paris, this was also taken in June of 2010. One of the fun things about Disney-parks, is the details. Not everything will be visible at first, but there are a lot of cool details hiding in plain sight. So if you’re going to a Disney-park, take a look around to find some hidden details.

The Mainstreet in Disneyland, Paris

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Disneyland Paris opened the same month and year that I was born, so when I visited at five years old, it was pretty cool that the park also celebrated five years. This picture is not from that time, but from when I visited in June of 2010. My third visit to the park, and I still would like to go back. There is just something about the magic of Disney.

Viewing Paris from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica

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SacréCœur Basilica is located on Montmatre in Paris, and (especially) if the weather is nice, the view can give you a nice idea of the size of Paris. (It’s pretty big…)

This picture was taken in June of 2010. And if I remember correctly, I did not see the Eiffel tower from outside of the church, which was a slight disappointment. But it was a nice view none-the-less, and absolutely worth a visit if you find yourself in Paris.

The backside of Notre Dame

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During a vacation to Paris in June of 2010, we spent some time in the park behind the Notre Dame de Paris, and it’s a beautiful park. Walking into the park, without seeing the Cathedral properly, made it a nice place, but it didn’t feel completely like the Notre Dame without having been to the front of the Cathedral.

Walking around in the park, as well as the other parks in Paris, is absolutely worth it, as it often gives you some quiet time to hide away in the large city of Paris.

Montmartre, Paris

Montmatre

This picture was taken in June of 2010, from the area surrounding Sacré-Cœur and looking out over Paris. The Church lies on the hill called Montmartre, and has given name to the surrounding district.

Montmartre is a beautiful district, and standing in the stairs up the hill, gives a nice view of Paris.

 

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Disneyland Paris

The castle is otherwise known as the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris. The park opened on the 12 April 1992, and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012. This picture was taken in June 2010, during my (currently) last visit to Disneyland Paris.

On the Grand Opening of Euro Disney (now Disneyland Paris), in 1992, Michael Eisner dedicated the castle to  “…both the young, and the young at heart. To those who believe when you wish upon a star, your dreams do come true”.

La Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower

The picture was taken in the park by the tower around mid-June in 2010. The tower is one of the tallest buildings in Europe, and was the tallest man-made structure for several years. The Eiffel Tower was originally built for the World fair in 1889, but was kept as several other pieces for World fairs have. It has three levels for visitors, and you can walk to the 1st and 2nd level, or go by lift/elevator to the 1st, 2nd or 3rd level. (I walked up one or two of the levels when I was 8, and have since had a slight height-phobia.)

When France was invaded in the Second World War, the cables for the lifts were cut. Apparently this was so that Hitler had to use the stairs if he wanted to climb it. He never did, and the cables were allegedly fixed shortly after the Liberation of Paris.