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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Jardin de Luxembourg, Pantheon, Pompidou and elsewhere.

Firstly, for those of you who have been brave enough to follow my blog, there are a considerable number of pictures but it is, after all, a record of our holiday...

Our last full day (Thursday 7 October) - can't believe how quickly the days have gone...!!

We'd noticed a very very expensive shoe shop the previous evening, not far from the restaurant; so we went via that shop on our way out today. They were over £2,000 a pair... of course I went shopping and bought a few pairs ..... (don't believe me, please)!!!

We set off for the Jardin de Luxembourg as our first stop. It was another good day weatherwise, and it got hot as the day went on.... glorious!

This was a garden for birds... we'd not seen that many up till now...
Heard a Woodie and saw  Ring-necked Parakeet (we could hardly believe our ears initially!!)
Wren, Great Tit, Tree Creeper, Nuthatch, Robin, Starlings, Blackbird, Blackcap and Mallard!

We stopped for a drink in the gardens... had to wait ages for the bill despite several requests for it!! Service other than that had been really good.

And after that wonderful visit, we went on to The Pantheon. - a neoclassical building!

From the above website:
The Pantheon Paris (Latin Pantheon, from Greek Pantheon, meaning "Every god") is a building in the Latin Quarter
of Paris, France. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, but after many changes now combines liturgical functions with its role as a famous burial place. It is an early example of Neoclassicism, with a facade modelled after the Pantheon in Rome surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's "Tempietto".

This 'time piece' is amazing... I'd love to understand better how it works though!

Some views along the way...

our visit to the Pantheon over, we walked through a pedestrianised area - ( it was really lovely NOT to have to constant sound of traffic and to be able to wander and gaze about more easily.) making our way to the area of the Pompidou Centre

We sat and had a lunch with a drink... thirsty work all this walking!

Leaving the Pompidou Centre behind us, we contnued our walk...

and came across the Palais Royal Gardens.  A small area and we got the impression the inner gardens were for local residents..

and so we made our way back to the hotel...

Music students playing classical music.. makes a welcome change from the usual street musicians - in any country!

This surround some steps going down... don't know where to - fascinating though.

We had a quick visit to Saint-Eustache church - which was lovely (more of that tomorrow)

and, finally, back along the river bank to our hotel...

Another really great day!  And where to eat tonight, this being our last evening Dinner in Paris? 

Where else of course but Le Petit Chaise!

 and tomorrow.... well....


oldcrow61 said...

What a place. So much to see. The statues are fabulous. I wouldn't mind that man lying in the shrubbery in my garden. lol. Love the bug house.

ShySongbird said...

Hi Tricia, I've thoroughly enjoyed sharing your fabulous holiday. You managed to pack so much in and took some lovely photos. Very well done on ’conquering' the Eiffel Tower :-)

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