|Papillons at the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris|
I am fortunate enough to have made a half-dozen trips to Paris in the past few years, and thanks to friends and proximity as well as occasional SNCF train ticket bargains, I hope to make many more. No matter how many times I visit, I find myself in unfamiliar neighborhoods and am delighted by new experiences.
|A hot-air balloon over the Loire Valley as seen from the train to Paris|
I am accompanied on my most recent trip by my friend who grew up in Paris and her two children, and so for part of my visit I share a kids' eye view of the City of Light. I also help myself to some rare "alone time" where I visit nearly empty museums and enjoy a solo stroll halfway across town. Here are some highlights:
|Le Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris in the Petit Palais|
|Bronze statue of Winston Churchill at the Petit Palais in Paris|
|The Bataclan theater in Paris's 11th arrondissement|
|Boutiques and workshops line la Coulée Verte, an old railroad viaduct in |
Paris's 12th arr.
|View from the garden promenade on top of la Coulée Verte in Paris|
|Wine warehouses were converted into the trendy Bercy Village neighborhood in |
Paris's 12th arr. Just after taking this photo, I received a soaking from
the rainwater which had collected in the parachutes above the walkway.
|View from the 2nd-floor balcony of the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution in Paris|
|Elephants at Grande Galerie de l'Evolution in Paris|
|Apes at the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution in Paris|
|Exhibit at the Arab World Institute (Institute du Monde Arabe) in Paris|
|View of the Seine from Place Louis Aragon at the tip of Ile Saint-Louis in Paris|