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Paris, Day 1: Paris on Foot

Golden sunlight filled the room when I woke on my first morning in Paris but as soon as I opened my eyes, I began to sneeze. It had been an unseasonably warm and everything was in bloom, someone told me later. I didn’t let that stop me.

I had planned on being in Paris for only two days then head to Barcelona for a day before returning to London. But when I mentioned my plan to Karen, she said I was crazy, that I needed more time just to see Paris.

My goal for the day was the Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. So I left the hotel shortly after breakfast, map ready.

Come with me as I walk from the metro towards the Avenue de General-Eisenhower.

Pont Alexandre - Maynefoto
Post Alexandre, back view - Maynefoto
Lights on the Pont Alexandre
Detail of the Grand Palais - Maynefoto
Detail of door at Grand Palais - Maynefoto
Paris Street

I spent most of the morning strolling the expansive boulevards around the Champs Elysees, admiring the beautiful buildings that line the street.

Then I made my way to the Arc de Triomphe.