With the four different bus routes that you can take to see all of Paris...we'll need every bit of our 3 days plus there's the Seine River boat tour!
And the tour begins! Our bus stop was the second to last stop on the yellow line, so we stayed on it and did the full loop...going past where we got on, to the final stop, where we then got off and changed to the green line.
Opera Garnier (or Palais Garnier)...a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It was called the Salle des Capucines, because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier, in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier.
The theatre is also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier (French and historically was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra, as it was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille. The Paris Opera now mainly uses the Palais Garnier for ballet.
La Madeleine, Paris)...is a Roman Catholic church occupying a commanding position in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The Madeleine Church was designed in its present form as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's army.
Gare du Nord Train Station...is one of the six large terminus stations of the SNCF mainline network for Paris, France. Gare du Nord offers connections with several urban transport lines, including Paris Métro, RER and buses. By the number of travelers, at around 190 million per year, it is the busiest railway station in Europe, the 24th busiest in the world and the busiest outside Japan.
Moulin Rouge Paris....
The Louvre...the world's largest museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the right bank of the Seine. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square metres (782,910 square feet).
The Louvre is the world's second most visited museum after the Palace Museum in China, receiving more than 9.26 million visitors in 2014.
We drove through that archway with only inches to spare...
Place de la Concorde...
The Big Wheel at Place de la Concorde is one of the major public squares in Paris..,
The Big Wheel is part of the Christmas village on the Champs-Elysées. Each year, it welcomes 300,000 passengers who come to admire the spectacular views of the city from this vantage point. Perched at a height of 70 metres (this is the world’s largest mobile Ferris wheel), you can enjoy a breath-taking view of the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre and the Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysées. A symbol of the festive season in Paris, the Big Wheel has been set up every year in this spot by Marcel Campion, known as ‘the king of fairground entertainers’, since the year 2000.
Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées...
Arc de Triomphe...
Eglise du Dome: With its sparkling golden dome (1677–1735), the landmark church of the Hôtel des Invalides is one of the finest religious edifices erected under Louis XIV and was the inspiration for the United States' Capitol building. It received the remains of Napoléon in 1840; the extravagant Tombeau de Napoléon 1er comprises six coffins fitting into one another like a Russian doll.
Army Museum...Note the green canons...
There was so much to see with all the beautiful old architecture it was mind boggling...hopefully we captioned all of the pictures correctly!After a full day of freezing our butts off, we made our way back to our hotel...and relaxed before heading out for a drink. On our way back, we had passed a bar (L'Echevin) that advertised a happy hour...it wasn't far from our hotel, so that is where we headed. We were still chilled to the bone at this point!
After a couple of beer...we were off to dinner at a Thai restaurant just down the street...Thai Richer.
We both had Pad Thai and it was excellent. "Cheers!" to an awesome day!