The history of Paris spans over 2,000 years. The city has developed into a center of art, medicine, science, fashion, tourism, high culture, and high finance, becoming one of the world’s major global cities.
I took the picture above from the Tour Montparnasse tower, which has a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city.
My first impression upon entering Paris was one of a little disappointment, but maybe my expectations were too high. Our entry into the city took us by a lot of graffiti, and it did not look as clean as I thought it would be, since it is such a famous city, with high tourism, and the Seine River had garbage floating in the water.
But, as we toured the famous sites that day, I was still quite impressed with the many iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc De Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees, the Palace of Versailles, and The Louvre Museum where the Mona Lisa is housed. The Louvre is massive, and would take several days to tour the whole museum. I was pleasantly surprised that we were permitted to take photos of the Mona Lisa, with our camera flash off. Most enjoyable was our boat ride on the Seine river. The day was beautiful, pleasantly warm, and sunny. Below are some video clips of our road travel into Paris, and our boat ride on the Seine River. I hope you enjoy them. Also check out post to the right titled: Paris/Photos/Video
Below: Tour Director, Emma, narrates as we enter Paris France. I love her accent.
The Louvre Museum