Photos: Contiki 2011 – Day 5 – Paris

Me eating lunch near Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me eating lunch near Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, I woke up in Paris and the day ahead would take me across the city and leave me feeling a way I had never felt about any other place ever.

Our first major stop of the day was near the Eiffel Tower for our group photo, but there was some stuff spotted along the way, and a brief stop.

From the bus, not far from our hotel, I saw this somewhat amusing graffiti.

Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Those are quite the hats. hehe

Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

We stopped for photos in front of Les Invalides. It is home to Napoleon’s tomb.

Me in front of Les Invalides - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me in front of Les Invalides - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Les Invalides - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Les Invalides - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Les Invalides - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Les Invalides - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Les Invalides - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Les Invalides - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

We then arrived near the Eiffel Tower for that group photo. While the photographer was setting up, we had time for some photos of our own!

Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Eiffel Tower and Trocadero - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Eiffel Tower and Trocadero - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me with the Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me with the Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Here we were doing a sort of Charlie’s Angels thing. We really didn’t have an explanation for Chris.

Greg, Mike, Melissa, Chris, and Me in front of the Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Greg, Mike, Melissa, Chris, and Me in front of the Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

And here is the group photo. By the way, seeing Eiffel Tower never got old.

Group photo in front of the Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Group photo in front of the Peace Monument and Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

After the group photo, those of us who had signed up for it headed off to start our three-hour bike tour of Paris. Each of our bikes had a name. I can’t remember any of the others, but I ended up with Chucky Cheese.

My bike for the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

My bike for the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me on my bike during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me on my bike during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

As in London, there will be some mystery structures and statues. If you can identify some of the ones I haven’t captioned or written about that you see here, please feel free to leave a note in the comments section at the bottom. Thanks.

Along the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Along the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Our bike tour guide said the best part of Tour Montparnasse is that, from the inside, you can’t see it.

Tour Montparnasse as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Tour Montparnasse as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

During the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

During the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Les Invalides as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Les Invalides as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Les Invalides as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Les Invalides as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

By bike is such a fun way to see Paris. If you have the time, I highly recommend it! It gives you so much energy, and you feel really good about eating lunch when you’re done.

Group shot in front of Les Invalides during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Group shot in front of Les Invalides during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Seine as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Seine as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Grand Palais as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Grand Palais as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Grand Palais as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Grand Palais as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

During the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

During the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

A note, proper French has accent marks over many of the place names you see in these blog entries, but, unfortunately, Word Press isn’t too fond of them. So, no accent marks.

Assemblee Nationale as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Assemblee Nationale as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

What’s funny is that I was having such a great time that, though you see quite the cloudy sky in many of these photos, I don’t remember it being so cloudy.

Luxor Obelisk as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Luxor Obelisk as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

I mentioned feeling a way I’d never felt before. Well, it was as we were cycling around near the Louvre, through amazing paths like the one you see below, that I felt that if someone made me a job offer, I would seriously consider relocating to Paris for six to twelve months. I’ve never had that feeling about anywhere else. I am a native New Jerseyan and New York is my city. There are plenty of places I’ve been that I would love to visit many times, but never one I would actually consider living in. That is the power Paris had over me. It is a truly wondrous city and if you get the chance to go, don’t pass it up! Also, if you have such an offer, please let me know. ;-)

During the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

During the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Louvre as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Louvre as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Louvre as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Louvre as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The tradition on the Pont des Arts is for a couple purchase a lock, sign it, attach it to the bridge, and then throw the key in the Seine – a symbol of their everlasting love for each other.

Pont des Arts as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Pont des Arts as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Pont du Carrousel as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Pont du Carrousel as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Pont Neuf as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Pont Neuf as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Musee d'Orsey as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Musee d'Orsey as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Musee d'Orsay as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Musee d'Orsay as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

During the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

During the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

The Eiffel Tower as seen during the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me with the Eiffel Tower at the end of the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me with the Eiffel Tower at the end of the bike tour - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

After the bike tour, our Contiki tour manager – Steve – lead those of us who wanted to go over to the Latin Quarter.

Some of the Paris metro stations are rather interesting in their design. You’ll see a little more of this one later.

Cite metro station - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Cite metro station - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Saint-Chapelle - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Saint-Chapelle - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Some of us found lunch.

Where I got my lunch - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Where I got my lunch - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

I had a panini. I’m pretty sure it was tomato, mozzarella, and ham. Here’s the thing. The French really know what they’re doing with bread. Even before I got to the meat of the sandwich, I was already mighty happy. I love it when food perfectly hits the spot. This sandwich was exactly what I wanted. :-)

Me eating lunch near Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me eating lunch near Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

After lunch, a bunch of us made our way to Notre Dame. Before the Twin Towers, Philippe Petit walked between the two parts of the top. Just a little historical information for your blog-reading experience. Be sure to check out Notre Dame.

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

There were no signs asking us not to take photos, so I didn’t feel I was disrespecting the church by taking some. Of course, a tripod would have been helpful in getting better ones.

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Notre Dame - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Cite metro station - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Cite metro station - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

When we were done at Notre Dame (and a nearby playground) we made our way to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. A whole bunch of famous people are buried there – perhaps most famous is Jim Morrison (more on that later and in an entry to come).

Pere Lachaise is a very confusing place, even for someone with my sense of direction.  We managed to find the grave of Marcel Proust, who Michael (who you saw in the Charlie’s Angels photo earlier) felt quite a connection to. In fact, we left the cemetery so he could buy flowers to place at the gravesite.

Marcel Proust's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Marcel Proust's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

After we finished with Proust, we made our way to the grave of Oscar Wilde – and pun intended – it is a wild one. I mean, look at it.

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

People leave all sorts of stuff at Wilde’s grave – including quite a lot of Metro passes.

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Oscar Wilde's grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

As the rest of the group went to find Jim Morrison’s grave, I had to run and get back to the hotel and freshen up before the evening activity for which I had signed up. More about that shortly.

People bring all sorts of stuff on the subway. I felt it photo-worthy to snap a shot of the man with the ladder.

Riding the metro - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Riding the metro - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Look, it says Picard. Yes, I’m a Trekker. It’s some sort of eatery chain, I think. But it says Picard, so I took a photo.

Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Moulin Rouge - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Moulin Rouge - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Yes, the evening activity was dinner and the show at the Moulin Rouge.

I don’t speak French, but maybe you do. So, here is this sign on the building.

Moulin Rouge - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Moulin Rouge - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

If you get a chance to sees the show at the Moulin Rouge, take it. Yes, there is partial female nudity, but it’s very classy. But it’s much more than that. At one point, the front of the stage rose to reveal a water tank with snakes in it and one of the dancers went in and danced with the snakes. It’s also a variety show. So, there was a fantastic juggler and a man who played the drums with ping pong balls he shot from his mouth. There was also a spectacular ventriloquist who used a live dog as a dummy, but also used live people. He would interview each one (to get a taste of his or her accent) and then tell the man or woman that when he squeezed his or her wrist, that was the signal to open his or her mouth. It was very entertaining. If that wasn’t enough for you, the show also featured miniature horses!!!

Now, photography is, understandably, not allowed inside. So, Steve and Wiksy collected our cameras to give back when we exited. Well, when we turned them on, we found they had left a gift on each of them – a hilarious self-portrait.

Steve and Adam's self-portrait outside the Moulin Rouge - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Steve and Adam's self-portrait outside the Moulin Rouge - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Moulin Rouge - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Moulin Rouge - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me at the Moulin Rouge - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

Me at the Moulin Rouge - Paris, France - Jun 15, 2011

After the Moulin Rouge, we headed next door to the bar O’Sullivans. Eventually, we all made it back to the hotel in one piece and the next day was full of more fun!

- Evan Bindelglass

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