Paris #2

Anna's apartment was 2 minutes away from one of the best bakery I've ever been to and across the road from a Metro station, the only two things you really need in Paris! We ate a light breakfast of freshly baked chicken and mushroom pizza with Agrum flavoured Schweppes and set off - the plan?

Walk.

We roughly planned out a route that would lead us past Le Jardin du Luxembourg, then on to Saint-Michel where we'd jump on the Metro to Champ de Mars - Let's go!

Take a look at this mannequin in front of Christian Lu, vêtement femme apparently.

There are a handful of gorgeous bakeries and cafes along Rue de Vaugirard, but we'd already eaten.

When we got to Le Jardin du Luxembourg we were met with sprawling lawns, quiet paths, majestic statues and armed police - Très jolie!

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This is La fontaine Médicis built in 1630. Very secluded, very romantic.

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The gardeners were all in high spirits, telling jokes and messing around.

Possibly because of the great weather - 27°C!

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There was an air of excitement around the Grand Bassin where kids were gliding boats across the water.

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So many characters.

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Someone's late.

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Aiko took a quick break.

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After some more exploring we left the park en route for Saint-Michel metro station. I'm serious when I say that certain cars truly stand out in Paris, especially in that off white colour.

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Hatchbacks that marry classic flair with modern lines really work well with Paris as a backdrop - the intentions of the design flourish.

This guy was too cool for school, straight out of the mid 80s.

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We took another break at Notre-Dame de Paris.

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And then continued on to Saint-Michel.

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While we were on the train a kind Parisian nodded at my camera and pointed at the window.

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Champ de Mars is stunning, you turn the corner from the train station and there it is, the Eiffel Tower in all it's grandeur.

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This guy.

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We wandered around some more and then decided to head home, cutting through the fairground on our way back.

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Her facial expression says it all, so does his!

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Barbe à papa, daddy's beard.

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Walking back to the apartment was really therapeutic.

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It was a lesson in architecture, scenes like this warrant a revisit.

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This vespa convinced me, I'm learning to ride in the near future!

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Does this scene look familiar? I spent a moment standing here, it's a great spot - points to whoever recognises it first!

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Almost back at the apartment, we spend about €4 between us and had a cool little afternoon wandering around. Paris is very walkable, but Aiko and I still argued over which car we'd drive around the city.

Here's Aiko

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This is me

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Gotta do the Peugeot.