Riding The Bus In Paris

Today was about riding the hop on-hop off bus all around Paris.  

The idea is that you ride the tour bus (while listening to an audio guide explain interesting facts about the city and it’s landmarks) to a location that you are interested in seeing and hop off to explore at your own pace.  When you are finished with that section, you hop on the bus again and follow the route to the next point-of-interest.  It’s a great way to see the whole city and map out which areas you want to visit at length.  The only problem is that sometimes traffic around the city is so heavy that by the time you finish the route, the whole day has been spent riding the bus rather than actually visiting the sights.

That’s sort of how the day went today.

The good news is that now we have a feel for how the city is laid out, and based on the audio guide I heard today, I have a mental list of the places I want to explore over the next few days.  I’m really looking forward to spending more time at the Opera House, the Louvre, Notre-Dame, Eiffel Tour, Hotel des Invalides, and Jardin des Tulleries to name a few.

I couldn’t take photos from the bus, but here are a few shots I managed to squeeze in today as a warm up.

More tomorrow.
I saw this building on the way to buy the tour tickets
and was captured by the detail in the iron work.


Classic tourist pose in front of the
Arc de Triomphe.

Streets of Paris.

Side of the magnificent Opera House.

Corner of the Opera House.

Paris street lamp in front of the Opera House.

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