Friday, October 09, 2009

Merci Paris - Euro Trip 3


Le Pont des Bridge, behind is the institute of France.
I wasn't hoping to write one more post on Paris, owing to the fact that I spent only one and half days there, and I slept 10 hours during my stay. But it’s hard to say no, to a friend who wish to hear some more.

It’s difficult to forgo history when writing about Paris, one of the old cities in the world. The permanent habituation of which dates back to 4200 BC! Much later Romans conquered it, and settled down by 52 BC. Below is the oldest place and centre of Paris – “Ile de la Cité” – a naturally formed Island in the river Siene.

Across the island you can see the “Pont Neuf” (“new bridge” then) that is now the oldest bridge in Paris built in 16th century. During the darkest times (Of French revolution referred as Reign of Terror)of France, famine came upon, diseases spread and vast blood has been shed due to political upheaval. 40,000 people gave their head to Guillotine, and right here near Pont Neuf, The knights of Templers were burned at the stake.

We had lunch in a nearby restaurant. It was one the tastiest meals I had in the whole trip, it was a different pizza, with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese with herbs, right from the oven.

We walked into “Ile de la Cité” and visited Notre Dame de Paris ('Our Lady of Paris') finest architecture from 11th century; This Gothic cathedral is famous for using external columns called “flying buttress”(:P) and said to have survived French revolution and World War II and other rough times.

Notre Dame Cathedral from behind, look at the flying buttress
When travelling to ancient cities, especially the ones with rivers, its best to take a boat trip for sight seeing, and that's what we did next.

Most of our civilization grew along the bank, and the legacy continues till date. It’s lovely to watch people by the bank enjoying reading, catching up friends, relaxing and even dancing!

The Grand Palais ("Big Palace") a large glass exhibition hall
Almost all the important monuments, buildings of Paris are sighted along the river including the Eiffel tower.

There are 37 bridges just within the Paris; the one below is called “Invalides Bridge” considered most beautiful bridge of Paris.

Invalides Bridge
“Underneath the bridges of the Seine,
There's a truly magic lovers' lane.
I'll take you by the hand
Into a wonderland
That lies there
Underneath the bridges of the Seine
Where they say you'll make a wish and then
You watch the river flowing
Hand hold by stars above
That Paris will be showing you
How to fall in love. “- Mireille Mathieu

Le Pont Marie is called the most romantic bridge, for reasons unknown. According to the tradition the first time you pass under it; you must make a wish, and at the same time kiss the person sitting next to you. I did what I could do best in that situation – I made a wish!

Then hurrying to Holland, we bid good bye to Paris. I did not had time to go to the “entertaining” Moulin Rouge ( sorry to dissapoint you Ramesh), but I made up for it in Amsterdam ;)

52 comments:

Annam said...

உள்ளேன் ஐயா:)

Swaram said...

Wow Sri! Its just getting better n better :) Lovely pics ;)

Am drooling over Pizza nw :P I think I hv to book a table today ;)

athivas said...

Wow, loely pictures! The island was awesome!!

@ Swaram: Here, swaram have! the mixture we stole from G3 and these pizzas from Sri, escape before they spot us and ask for a share ;) :P

அன்புடன் அருணா said...

I wish I could make a trip to Paris during the next holidays!

athivas said...

37 bridges? in Paris alone??

The river bank scene looks much like the riverbank here, isn't it?

Swaram said...

Wow Savi! Gr8 idea ;) But hv a look @ that Pizza :P Only bits n pizzas available. Sri hs to treat us with a new one nw! He just cant make us drool over it and nt share it with us! What say ;)

gils said...

!!! interesting placesda..makes one wish to visit it..france tourismoda ethachum dealinga :) ipdi pakkam pakkama adikara :)

A journey called Life said...

awesome.. i loved all the pics and the account..
@savi-only u and swaram is it? not fair..

Swaram said...

U too Appu :) Muft mein Pizza :P

Swaram said...

Sri, I think u shud relocate soon!!!

To WP I mean :P

Srivats said...

haha its a mela going on.

Swaram what WP means ?

Swaram said...

I hope u don't mind ;)

WordPress :)

G3 said...

//A journey called Life said...

awesome.. i loved all the pics and the account..
@savi-only u and swaram is it? not fair..//

I the second this ur honour !!

Thamizhmaangani said...

//It’s lovely to watch people by the bank enjoying reading, catching up friends, relaxing and even dancing!//

dancing?? wow..wow..that's happening dude!

G3 said...

Sriiiiiiiiiiiiii,

Neenga pesama tourismla join pannidalaam.. padikkaravangala avlo tempt pandreenga andha placekku poga :))))

Swaram said...

More the merrier G3 :) Lets all share :)
We wil nw order more Pizzas :P

Srivats said...

Swaram French fries kuda erukku adha vituteengaley

Srivats said...

Swaram

haha wordpressa i am comfortable here and would remain so :)

@ Thamiz
Yes it was very nice

@G3, AJCL, Savitha
THanks :)

Swaram said...

Wow! Ippo me so hungry slogging @ office n u talk of all these :(

A journey called Life said...

ok so final list of ppl
Sri- pizza sponsoring+fries
muft mein eating list
ajcl
swaram- (actually they have mixer stock from G3)
athivas and G3
gils- will come with vanilla cake, vadai and kaju kathli..

Srivats said...

@ Gils

Ammam da enakku freeya french fries tharennaanga adhaan

@ Annam

Enna attendance pottu aala kanum

Srivats said...

@ Aruna

Poitu vaanga kandippa :) Europe tour podunga :)

@ AJCL, Swaram, G3

Enna engey sema party pola, hehe Gilskku pavakkai pancake erukku

Aaarti said...

Boootiful write up n pictures Sri.... :)

Paris has 37 bridges? whoaaaaaaa...!!

Cmon write fastly abt Holland.. wanna see pics of Tulips and other beauties from there! :D

Sundari said...

Beautiful pictures!!

////It’s lovely to watch people by the bank enjoying reading, catching up friends, relaxing and even dancing!//

wow..dancing near the bank..lovely

athivas said...

//ok so final list of ppl
Sri- pizza sponsoring+fries
muft mein eating list
ajcl
swaram- (actually they have mixer stock from G3)
athivas and G3
gils- will come with vanilla cake, vadai and kaju kathli..//

This sounds perfect! :) :)

//@ AJCL, Swaram, G3

Enna engey sema party pola, hehe Gilskku pavakkai pancake erukku///

Me too, me too! :D

Srivats said...

Ellam onnu kuditaangayya onnu kuditaangayya

athivas said...

//hehe Gilskku pavakkai pancake erukku//

@Gils: get that also, I'll give u my share, and get that pancake in return, no probs :)

Ramesh said...

Sri - brilliant. Great photos, lovely write up, poem thrown in, the missed kiss; superb read. Thanks for the "additional" post.

Goedemorgen Holland. De dashin Sri komt

mybittersweetkoreanlife said...

Thanks for sharing that wonderful poem and a little history.

Wow.. seeing the pictures you posted about Paris, I feel like I was there with you...

AMSTERDAM - forget about Moulin Rouge! This is the one I'm DYING to hear!!!! I have a very good feeling this is where you had your BIGGEST adventure. I'm so envious of you SRI!

gils said...

//get that also, I'll give u my share, and get that pancake in return, no probs :)//

avvvvvvvvvvvv...........ivlo nallavangala neenga !!

Annam said...

@ Annam

Enna attendance pottu aala kanum/////////////////////////////

u told to keep the finger on the lip athaan:((((((((((((((((

Annam said...

என்ன அழகு

Annam said...

எத்தனை அழகு

Annam said...

பாரீஸ்ல சுட்ட பீஸா:P

Annam said...

வரலாற்று பக்கங்களை இப்படி போட்டு புரட்டுரீங்களே........ஏன்..?????வரலாற்றில் நிச்சயமாக உங்க பேரு வந்துரும்..:)

Annam said...

பாஸ் !!!!!!ஒசில ஊர் சுத்த விடுவாங்களா பாஸ்:)

Annam said...

apdiyae antha history book thorantha peelu irukku

Karthik said...

absolute delight sri.. thanks.. :)

Srivats said...

@ Ramesh

//Goedemorgen Holland. De dashin Sri komt//

Danke :)

Srivats said...

@ mybittersweetkoreanlife

Thanks Emma, :) Glad you travelled with us.

//AMSTERDAM - forget about Moulin Rouge! This is the one I'm DYING to hear!!!! I have a very good feeling this is where you had your BIGGEST adventure. I'm so envious of you SRI!//

Yes indeed , would write more
;)

Sri

R-ambam said...

Too much history though ...
gud write up ..and scrumptious pictures..nyways.

Vidya said...

I LOVE the shores where the people were dancing. Isn't it awesome?

I can't wait to see what you did in Amsterdam. You do know what Holland is famous for, right? :D

Vidya

Vidya said...

And thank you for dropping by. I made the blog private for a very serious reason! You will not see the updates unless you actually visit the blog! Sorry about the inconvenience and thank you for putting up with it!

Srivats said...

@ Annam

//வரலாற்றில் நிச்சயமாக உங்க பேரு வந்துரும்..:)
//

Varalaaru miga mukkiyam :)

//பாஸ் !!!!!!ஒசில ஊர் சுத்த விடுவாங்களா பாஸ்:)//

Osila kovilkuda sutha mudiyaadhu, kaasu potta dhaan mariyathai

//என்ன அழகு//

Podhu enakku vekkam vekkama varudhu

Srivats said...

@ Karthik

Hey thanks for coming around bro :)

@ Sundari

Yea it looked lovely, The people there know how to enjoy life :)

@ Aarti
Yes Holland is a lovely place
Unfortunately thats not the tulips season but I made the best of holland :)

Srivats said...

R-ambam,

Amam konjam history neraya ayudichu :) but i couldnt help it , its like having to write about zoo. Without writing about animals, i can write only about the fast food got there or plants i found in the encolosure :) next postla kammi ayidumnu nenaikaren :)

Anyway thanks for your comments its helps to reshape my writing skills.

@ Vidya

Yes it was lovely sight to watch people enjoying the simple pleasures of life around the banks. Paris is romantic for a reason :)

yes I know what amsterdam is famous for LOL :) you would be seeing it in my coming posts.

Karthik Lollu said...

Ayya.. Saamee.. Ennaiyum kooda kuthitu pongappa!! naa 7H bus pidichi PARRYS thaan poirukken.. Inda PARIS paarthadulla.. Dharmam pannunga saameee

Srivats said...

@ Karthik lollu

welcome here. Haha andha parry pathi kuda neraya ezudhalaamey :)

Charissism said...

Hahaha! What about that kiss + wish under the bridge! ;P
Sooo romantic. Thanks for sharing this wonderful journey with us.

Srivats said...

@ Chariss

You dont know ? hehe
Thanks

Chan said...

Pizzas luk yummy.....had a great parisian trip i guess...luks like for 1.5 days u were on the streets of ever romantic Paris.

Paris Photograph said...

its always a historical day when you tour around Paris..