Paris, France

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Weather: A little colder today with less cloud cover.

Not that many pictures today, as you've seen most of the main stuff already. I took the Metro today, (subway). It's pretty easy to navigate and get around. My only problem is with my ticket. Although it's good for bus, rail, or metro it keeps rejecting it at the turnstyle and I've got to get another ticket from the operator each time. This really sucks when you've got to wait in line, or there isn't a human at a particular entry point. I think I would've been better off to just buy the tickets as I need them as I spent the extra money for the convienence which isn't turning out to be one. Again, it's pretty easy to get around using the Metro so that makes up for the problem. Sort of.

I went to the Arc De Triomphe today and took some night shots. It's a bit too difficult to get a panoramic shot since I'm not standing at one central spot so I've popped up a few of the better shots. Obviously nothing beats the human eye, but I've put up the raw pictures without editing. I'll do all that later and clean everything up.

As I walked up the Champs-Elysees, which is packed full of people on both sides, primarily for the view and the massive shopping stores along the way, I find that Paris is truly cosmopolitan with the number of different nationalities of people all around me. London was close, but Paris is full of different languages being spoken.

The street with the lights on the trees is the Champs-Elysees. On either end of it is the Arc de Triomphe and the Obélisque de la Concorde, which was in the photo's from the day before. (The Washington Monument looking thing). There'e some shots of the steps to reach the top of the Arc de Triomphe. There's about 280 steps and unless you exercise with a stairmaster weekly, you'll feel the burn. You could also tell which people smoke as they would continue to cough at the top and it had nothing to do with being sick. Alas, I must make this climb again to get some daylight shots of Paris.

I'm very busy each day and with all the walking and looking I've got little time to eat and rest. Creating this site each morning is the most time I get sitting in one place.

Paris traffic at the Arc De Triomphe
Eiffel Tower at night via the Arc de Triomphe