Paris Day 4

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View from Pont de la Concorde

 

Our final day in Paris was a short one so just a few photos of our last hours.

We opted to stay close to the apartment as we needed to check out at noon.  As mentioned before, the apartment is close to many sights so we still got to see many magnificent buildings on our stroll.

The Grand Palais  – home to a number of exhibitions and home to a science museum and the Petit Palais to start.  We wished we had more time to enter but we didn’t so just admired from the outside.

 

We also walked along towards Les Invalides.  We had seen this from the Eiffel tower and its just as impressive from ground level. Another place we would like to visit on a return trip.  It sounds fascinating as an exhibition venue, military hospital and home for retired veterans.  Such an impressive set of buildings and grounds We wandered across the bridge (impressive Pont de la Concorde) and back again.

 

One thing we have noticed in Paris are pockets of little gardens (public) across the city.  We stumbled across one on our stroll and enjoyed the tranquility for a moment or 2,  Streams and waterfalls, bridges and foliage.  I am sure in the summer months, these spaces are lovely.

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Hidden Gardens

We headed back and checked out of the apartment. and made our way to Gare du Nord.  Took around 40 minutes form where we were based but we had plenty of time.  The Paris Metro system is easy to navigate and we got around the city fairly easily through our trip.  In fact, quite impressed with the service it offered.  I don’t think we waited any longer than 2 minutes for a train at any point.  Unlike the London Underground which can frequently see long delays.

As I said in my first post, the Eurostar service is great.  The return journey proved to be the same swift and efficient service.  I would highly recommend for anyone not yet experienced it.

So we made it back to London safe and sound.  Including all our bags.  There was one that loved the Eurostar so much, it decided to stay on board 😦  A disappointment for everyone but thankful it didn’t hold anything more than a few souvenirs and the macaroons!

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