Paris #3

Today it was nearly 30°C outside, pink lemonade and pizza then out the door.

I wanted to get as many landmarks out of the way as possible so that I could spend my next trip to Paris exploring new things. Aiko and I planned a route that would take us from the Arc de Triomphe all the way to The Louvre, which is virtually a straight line.

A walk down the beautiful Avenue des Champs-Élysées, a quick stop at Ponte Alexandre III, through Place de la Concorde to peep the Obelisk of Luxor, then on toward the Louvre.

We got to Charles de Gaulle - Étoile Metro station.

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The traffic was absolutely crazy.

Overzealous drivers overtaking with reckless abandon, vespas weaving to dodge overzealous tourists hopping barriers and running right out in front of said speeding drivers - just excessively zealous behaviour for the most part.

I decided that I dislike being hit by cars and took the underground passage instead.

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The Arc de Triomphe.

A truly inspiring monument, the detail in each warrior was further pronounced by the beautiful midday sun. I didn't want to leave this spot but alas, we couldn't leave Paris unexplored.

Thank you Jean Chalgrin and Jean-Nicholas Huyot.

It wouldn't be a trip to Paris without paying homage to Louis Vuitton.

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This was pulled up with the hazard lights on, I wonder who was making a quick run.

The Ferrari 458 Italia.

I could alway rent one of these, but I don't think Aiko and I are ready to do any driving in Paris just yet, especially when we nearly got flattened twice while crossing.

Stepping out into the road looking left instead of right means I'd be pulling out of junctions doing the same thing!

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Super cool Parisian alert, easily an 80 on the super cool Parisian-o-meter.

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120?

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We continued down Avenue des Champs-Élysées trying our best not to get sidetracked by the cafés and luxury stores, we'll save that for another time!

Kenzo.

A lovely Porche.

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We took a moment to walk beside the Seine before walking along the extravagantly ornate Pont Alexandre III.

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Then we were ambushed by a group of tourists on Segway PTs.

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J'aime cette photo.

This ice cream vendor had quite the sales pitch, apparently this stand has been there for generations.

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Bye bye boat!

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Nymphs de la Seine.

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I really enjoyed shooting at this bridge, so much subject matter.

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Fames.

Embellishments.

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Art Nouveau Lamps.

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Staring into these statues, you can't deny their other-worldly aura.

Aiko is a Nymph of the Seine.

So much more to see...

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Go to Part #4!