Dropped our bags at the hotel and headed for our first activity, Seine River cruise. I didn’t do the cruise during my first visit, thus I was totally up for it. There were several cruise operators to choose from. We went for Bateaux-Mouches because their boats had open-air top decks, which would be perfect for taking pictures.
|That was where we boarded, next to Pont de l’Alma.|
|The moment I saw that metal structure, I immediately thought, “Yeah baby, I’m in Paris again!”|
|The boat took us underneath more than 10 bridges. Guess why those people were excited to take photo of that particular bridge?|
|Musée du Louvre, home of Mona Lisa.|
|Pont des Arts, the first metal bridge in Paris.|
|Pont Neuf, the city’s oldest surviving bridge, decorated with carved faces called “mascarons”. By the way, I wonder how those cars got under there.|
|Sitting by the river, watching boats passing by. What a nice way to spend springtime.|
|Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, an architectural marvel. Took nearly 200 years to build it.|
|Statue of St. Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, at the side of Pont de la Tournelle.|
|A police boat passing by. In the background, a cruise boat gliding underneath Pont de Sully.|
|Musée d’Orsay and its prominent giant clocks. The building was a train station built in 1900, now a museum renowned for its collection of impressionist paintings.|
|Palais Bourbon, the seat of French parliament’s National Assembly.|
|It was a clear sunny afternoon in Paris. A perfect weather for a cruise.|
|The best photo I took of Eiffel Tower. So proud of how it turned out!|
|A glimpse of modern Paris. Tall buildings with glass exteriors. Cars and train crossing a double-decker bridge.|
|Statue of a Zouave soldier. Parisians used it to indicate Seine River’s flood level. The highest one recorded was when the water reached the statue’s chin.|
Done with the cruise, we spent the rest of the day going from one store to another till night came. I had always enjoyed checking out designer goods in Europe. Where else could you enter a Louis Vuitton store in jeans and sneakers without the sales assistant looking at you from head to toe?
Anyhow, things were never cheap in Paris, but we were lucky because Galeries Lafayette, the city’s most popular mall, was having a sale. Not only the goods were on large discounts, but more importantly the store closed later than usual. So of course, we did shop till we drop and went zzz!