There is not much that hasn’t already been said about Paris and my short trip will hardly lift the veil on some cool undiscovered area unless you were not aware of Disneyland or the meaning of cool. I’d still like to share some photos from my trip.
The first place of note is Palais du Luxembourg the palace-turn-parliament. This 17th century building was originally designed by Salomon de Brosse and has since been expanded and remodeled. Its now the seat of the French Senate and is set in an a wonderful public park.
Onwards to the Musee de l’Armee. The central point here is the Dome des Invalides which is surrounded by hundreds of years of french military history and beautiful gardens that are home to rabbits. As native Londoner I often smirk at the idea that tourists love the squirrels but when I saw the urban rabbits of Paris I became a little more sympathetic. I’d rather have rabbits than squirrels in London.
Naturally I visited the Louvre and gawked at the Mona Lisa below. It’s not the agenda of this blog to debate the politics of whether it should be in Paris instead of Rome or whether the painting really has merit but one cant ignore it’s provenance. No artwork is more famous and never have I seen such a crowd in a museum around the one feature.
The Paris Aquarium is right next the to Eiffel Tower. It boasts sharks, jelly fish and colorful underwater plants. With this, urban rabbits and ratty pigeons Paris is quite the wild place.
Yes I went to the Eiffel tower and pretended I was the guy in the Elliot Erwitt photograph but you wont see that. I’d highly recommend that anyone thinking of heading to Paris should go especially if you are under 26 as you will get into all of the museums for free.