Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 8 – At the Eiffel Tower (Day 7, 2 of 2)

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Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos – # 8

(Day 7, 2 of 2)

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Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos Links and Commentary – # 1

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 2 – Around Notre Dame (Day 3, Part 1 of 2)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 3 – Around Notre Dame (Day 3, Part 2 of 2)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 4 – St Sulpice, St Germain de Pres (Day 4)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 5 – Rue Saint-Andre des Arts, St Germain de Pres (Day 5)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 6 – Square René Vivian, St Severin Area (Day 6)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 7 – Walking to the Eiffel Tower (Day 7, 1 of 2)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 8 – At the Eiffel Tower (Day 7, 2 of 2)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 9 – To the Tuileries (Day 9, 1 of 2)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 9 – To the Tuileries (Day 9, 2 of 2)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 10 – Horloge du Musee d’Orsay (Day 11, 1 of 2)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 10 – Horloge du Musee d’Orsay (Day 11, 2 of 2)

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 11 – Passing by a Paris Manifestation (Protest) (Day 12)

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Intro

In Part One of Day 7, Sheila and I wandered, literally, through the streets of Paris, intent on finding our way to the Eiffel Tower minus a working GPS on our phone, plus a gut feeling of the general direction.

From the small cover image for my fiction work, “Slumming in Paris, Part One” at the top left of the article, everyone knows we did get there, and actually we finally found it near noon. ;-)

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Eiffel Tower, Street View, Blvd de la Tour-Maubourg and Rue Saint-Dominique

Eiffel Tower, Street View, Blvd de la Tour-Maubourg and Rue Saint-Dominique

At the corner of Blvd de la Tour-Baubourg and Rue Saint-Dominique, we had our first true taste of feeling we were finally truly near.

And stopped to have a well-earned lunch. ;-)

Not at the nice restaurant at the corner here, le Recrutement Cafe, but at a tiny narrow pizza-pastry shop back a few shops on this same street.  There’s a cluster of small cafes and eateries here, many very inexpensive, so we knew we were getting close to Eiffel.

I’ve placed a link to the Google map for this spot so one can see where we were at this point.

And, by looking at the photo carefully, and the map, one can see that although the Eiffel Tower is clearly in sight, the street curves to the left, and is not a direct shot to the grounds of this incredible icon.

In other words, we still had to wind our way zig-zagging down, across, and along a number of both small and larger streets.  So at this point, stopping to eat, now, was our best option.

En-route, we would pass near or by the American Library in Paris, and didn’t even know it.  One of very many places and spots to visit in the future. ;-)

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Sheila at Lamp Post at Eiffel Tower

Sheila at Lamp Post at Eiffel Tower

Image for Slumming in Paris Novella Series

From the small streets at the intersection in the first picture, we crossed a large boulevard, and found we had a few choices of paths to take, and chose several small streets lined with very stately residences, and emerged onto the grounds of the Eiffel Tower!

Rounding a few more corners on the way in and we came across this configuration…and it became the basis for the cover of my first fiction work set in Paris! ;-)

As mentioned in my previous post, a decade ago when we visited Paris and the Eiffel Tower, we went at night, and were properly enthralled with the sight and presence of this world-famous icon.  This time around, what impressed us most, was the extent of the grounds around it.

If you peek past Sheila on the left side of the image, under a clearing in the greenery, you can see a horizontal strip of colors – that’ll show itself more clearly in the next picture. ;-)

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Nearing Tour Eiffel

Nearing Tour Eiffel

As mentioned in my previous post, a decade ago when we visited Paris and the Eiffel Tower, we went at night, and were properly enthralled with the sight and presence of this world-famous icon.  This time around, what impressed us most, was the extent of the grounds around it.

Being late fall, early winter, I was surprised how much planting there was going on.  A lot of effort is evidently put into preparing and presenting the lawns around the Eiffel Tower (Champ de Mars.)

Also, if you notice the colorful line of people past the lamppost and heading toward the underneath center of the tower, it appears there’s quite a crowd there.  That’s the colorful strip in the image before seen underneath some dense green foliage.  Most of that line turned out wasn’t folks, but is actually art work attached to a fence like barrier! 

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Birds Bathing on Eiffel Tower Grounds

Birds Bathing on Eiffel Tower Grounds

Like Galveston, one of several places I’ve lived for extended times, it rains regularly in Paris.

Here, birds, like birds I’ve seen all the places I’ve lived, make the most of what nature provides.

Being our 7th day in Paris, this was mid November by now, and a bit of fall foliage still remains.

The birds, by the way, didn’t seem to mind us hanging around at all. ;-)

In Galveston, I was fortunate enough to catch quite a few bird scenes I really liked.

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Birds Bathing on Eiffel Tower Grounds, Close-Up

Birds Bathing on Eiffel Tower Grounds, Close-Up

This is a close up of the image above.

It could well be one of the bird bath scenes I’ve shot pictures of here in Austin!  If I didn’t know the Eiffel Tower and the rest of Paris were just beyond the frame of the image. ;-)

But that’s kinda the reason I cropped and posted this little scene of innocence.  It could be anywhere.  And “the everydayis here in Paris, as much as anywhere else in the world.

And yet Paris can still be Paris.

That be one of this city’s more amazing accomplishments…

And that is also one of the things I try to bring across in my fiction work based in Paris.

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Finally, when we pulled back toward the Quai Branly and the Seine, we were able to get a full top to bottom view of the Eiffel Tower!

We decided against going up for the view, as we had done that our first trip, and, if had time, would return for a night view again.

The restaurants inside tempted us, but we were on a roll going to neighborhood eateries, and decided we’d save any “official” Eiffel eating for another time. ;-)

People milling around near the base, and the folk walking down the path on the left, help give a nice size perspective.

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And finally, on the way away, toward where we saw lines of city buses waiting patiently for folk like us ;-) we got this great view.

Having walked ourselves into the afternoon, and sunset happening before 5 pm, we decided a nice bus ride back home to our tiny furnished apartment would be just right. ;-)

We went from door to door of each bus til one of the drivers pointed us to the one that would take us back to our haunts.

At the time, the extremely useful site, and app, for RATP was unknown to us.

But we found the drivers to be exceptionally helpful and friendly.

And it was that ride home we realized how nice the bus service and views were, even compared to our few bus rides a decade earlier.

From this point on we were on the lookout for convenient ways to bus ourselves to spots when we felt time or distance was more important than walking and exploring the route there.

It was nice to have that choice. ;-)

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Preview, Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

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Conclusion

Future Paris Photo Posts

This finishes Week One of my wife Sheila and mine’s 5 1/2 week stay in Paris.

So the good news is, there’s still 4 1/2 more weeks of images and links and observations! ;-)

Even better, some of those “days” will be so dense with pictures, they will, like this Day 7, be a multi-post.

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Future Fitness Posts

The next three posts however, I balance out my interests, and bring three fitness articles key to being a senior,, back to back.

The impetus for the topics actually, is our return from Paris.

Though Sheila and I vigilantly kept up a chair based routine 4-5 days a week, varies between hour-long stretches or aerobics or strength work, plus as is shown in the posts so far, an incredible amount of walking.

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Keeping our Health as Young Seniors

However, our usual level of exercise was much more strenuously.  I myself taught 3-5 times a week through first a fitness center, and then the Y, in Vermont, before our “detour” to Paris. ;-)

And we were under tremendous stress from the cold weather we weren’t used to, that had already begun in Vermont in late September, and carried straight into Paris, and then an unusually cold December in Houston when we returned to Texas.

We got very ill and worn down, and it has taken a good amount of time, medical care, and dedication to getting fit again, to bring ourselves back to health.

I’m tentatively titling the three fitness posts, “Aging Gracefully into 62″ – ;-)

Now of course, in mid April in Austin, we’ll be adapting to record heat again, and so it is with life.  A little of this, a lot of that, and a whole bunch of coping. ;-)

These posts will try to speak to what we do and why, from a fitness viewpoint.

It is my fitness after all, that I hope will allow me to continue to be creative in the arts, travel, and enjoy my extensive and extended family.

Til, best wishes, and best health. ;-)

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My Fitness Articles of Possible Interest :

Teaching Seniors is Like Teaching the (almost) Whole Population

Yoga Breathing – Nose? Mouth? or Both?

“Aging Gracefully” – Original Inspirational Poetry

Nice Thing ’bout Getting Old(er) — My Yoga-to-Dance aha! Moments! – # 5

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4 Responses to “Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos # 8 – At the Eiffel Tower (Day 7, 2 of 2)”

  1. claudia April 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    smiles..great shot of the eiffel tower..unfortunately never made it to the top so far…one day…smiles

    • Felipe Adan Lerma April 15, 2013 at 5:39 am #

      don’t feel bad, only made it up there a decade ago, but images from then remain within me, so yeah, a great thing to do, esp at night, thanks claudia ;-)

  2. brian miller April 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    very cool pics of the tower…i think it would be pretty awe inspiring…and i like that you point out the everyday in paris…ha…you ground us a bit…

    • Felipe Adan Lerma April 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

      thanks brian, that means a lot to me –

      and don’t forget how awe inspiring dVerse is man, everyday… ;-)

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