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MERS-LES-BAINS
LE TRÉPORT
LYON
PARIS (added 21.3.2011)




MERS-LES-BAINS
best holiday spot since 1971 (for me)
since 1992 with Saila















































LE TRÉPORT





















































LYON
Valofestari järjestetään vuosittain. Juhlan sydän on aina 8. joulukuuta. Hieno kaupunki ja aivan sanoinkuvamaton ulkoilmatapahtuma!

Muutama kaupunkinäkymäkuva










Illan hämärtyessä lyonilaiset ja turistit lähtevät vaeltamaan ja ihailemaan lumoavia valoinstallaatioita ja -esityksiä. Kaupungin valtaa suorastaan hurmostila. Noin neljä miljoonaa kävijää neljässä päivässä...



 La Place Bellecour -aukiolta on hyvä aloittaa illan vaellusretki. Ja mikä ettei, onhan tämä kaupungin nk. 0 km-piste.

"Parempi riidellä pöydän äärellä kuin taistelukentällä"

Kaikki teokset eivät ole massiivisia. Yllätyksiä löytyy aukioilta, puistoista, parvekkeilta jne.


 Fellinin La Dolce Vita kiehtoi pienellä suihkulähdeaukiolla.  Marcello Mastroianni ja Anita Ekberg ihastuttivat uudessa ympäristössä.



Kukkameri oli vallannut pienen puiston.


Videoinstallaatiot yllättivät kävelyreiteillä.


 Kaiken ei tarvitse olla ihmeellistä ja vaikeaa...

Valo pimeydessä riittää joskus.


PARIS
My city! Born and bred 100% pure parisian.

Opéra Garnier

View of the "Place de l'Opéra"

Kitty O'Shea irish pub (just before Place Vendôme)
The place where i first met Saila on May 23 1990 (love you darling).

Place Vendôme


On the right: world renowned hotel "The Ritz"
On the left: the ministry of justice.




The Olympia music-hall


Rue Édouard VII


Place Édouard VII
Named after Edward VII, king of Britain (equestrian statue)


Quartier Latin


Church St-Séverin (background)

Rue de la Huchette
(famous for the jazz clubs)



Vélib: city bikes to rent
(vélib stands for "vélo libre" - free bike)

Fontaine "Wallace"
The Wallace fountains are named after Sir Richard Wallace,
a british millionaire philanthropist.
Recognizing the difficulty and cost of finding drinking water in Paris after the 1870 war, he donated fifty cast-iron drinking fountains to the city of Paris. The fountains were a popular success with the parisians, and new ones were still being installed until the beginning of the First World War.
They're still in use today.

Place St-Michel

Pont St-Michel


View of Notre-Dame de Paris




The Sacré Coeur basilica on the "Butte Montmartre"


The you know what.




The Trocadéro & Palais de Chaillot.
The bridge seen here is the Pont d'Iéna
(named after a battle won by emperor Napoléon)


Eiffel Tower & Champs de Mars seen from the Trocadéro

Champs-Élysées

The Arc de Triomphe & Place de l'Étoile

The way up to Montmartre basilica


The Sacré Coeur basilica

Place du Tertre




View of Paris from the top of the "butte" (hilltop)


World famous cabaret "Le Moulin Rouge" - Red Windmill
situated on Place Blanche (Pigalle district)

La Conciergerie.
Jail during the french revolution, the Conciergerie was known as 
"the antechamber of the guillotine".
Queen Marie-Antoinette was jailed in this building,
as well as some famous revolutionaries, like Danton.
Building and cells can be visited today.

Place du Châtelet.
On the right is the belfry of the church St-Jacques-la-Boucherie.
The belfry is the only relic as the church has been demolished in 1797.

George Pompidou Center (Place Beaubourg)
modern art museum & exhibitions

Beginning of the Rue Montorgueil

Church St-Eustache

Famous restaurant "l'Escargot Montorgueil"
(the snail from Montorgueil - speciality of snails)
There's so many great restaurants in Paris - and i mean great -
that an entire blog wouldn't suffice to post a pic of each one of them!


Another Famous restaurant "Au Pied de Cochon"
("the pig's trotter" - the pig from A to Z)


Quai de la Mégisserie.

The "Bouquinistes"
open air bookstores by the river Seine

Pont des Arts

Ile de la Cité - Square du Vert-Galant
public park at the extreme end of the island de la Cité


Pont-Neuf
the "New Bridge". Builded from 1578 by king Henri III,
opened in 1607 by his successor king Henri IV

The equestrian statue of king Henri IV on Pont-Neuf




The musée d'Orsay (dedicated to the impressionistic period) 



L'Assemblée Nationale (the french parliament)



Grand Palais (seen from river Seine)

Musée du Louvre (seen from the river Seine)


Cathédrale Notre-Dame (seen from river Seine)








The famous english bookstore "Shakespeare and Company"



Rue Galande

Park adjacent to church St Julien le Pauvre, facing Notre-Dame de Paris.
You can see in the middle of the pic the oldest tree in town (100s of years).
Concrete pilar has been build in and around to help him stand.
Saila and i used to eat greek sandwiches there at the time we lived in Paris.


Another famous restaurant "Polidor"

Jardins du Luxemburg (public park)

Palais du Luxembourg - le Sénat
Le Sénat (the french Senate) is located inside "les Jardins du Luxembourg".
The public park is owned and maintained by the Senate.













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