Monday, May 28, 2018

#Paris4MonumentClimb: My Pantheon

The Pantheon was the last stop on the four monument climb, and in some ways my favorite.

Inside the Pantheon, Foucault's Pendulum proves the world turns ... 

The first stop on the climb up the Pantheon is still inside the building, looking down on the main hall and the pendulum. 
Notre Dame de Paris, and behind it the Pompidou Center

The columns of the Pantheon

The Tricolor,  mansard roofs along Rue Soufflot, the Luxembourg Gardens and Luxembourg Palace, the dome of Les Invalides,  and of course the Eiffel Tower

The observatory at the Sorbonne. Behind it the Louvre, the green roof of La Madeleine, and the dome of St. Augustin 

This guy is just taking in some sun. At first I thought he was part of the sculpture.

The stairs down from the dome are fairly vertiginous

According to the counts on websites, I climbed 1759 steps in Montmartre and in the monuments, but there were more stairs in the Metro and just moving around the city. As you can see below, the FitBit count for flights was 114, my iPhone counts was 96. That'll do for one day.

#Paris4MonumentClimb: My Trocadero and Eiffel Tower

A rainbow in the Trocadero fountain

Third stop on the four monument climb

Sunning by the Trocadero fountain

One of the new security gates at the Eiffel Tower

328 steps to the first level

Mansard roofs


The Champ de Mars

Arriving at step 669, the second level

Macarons from La Durée on 2nd level

The elevators are boring

Heading down

#Paris4MonumentClimb: My Arc de Triomphe

The top of the Arc in the 1840s (from my personal print collection)
The second stop on the four monument climb

Looking down the Champs Élysées during a security alert in May 2018

Screening bags at the Arc de Triomphe

It get windy up there

A view from the other end of the Grand Axis

The sun setting over the great axis of Paris as seen from the Louvre courtyard last week

#Paris4MonumentClimb: My Sacré-Coeur

On a sunny Saturday in May, I set out to climb the stairs in four Paris monuments.
The first was Sacré-Coeur.
I wrote about this little adventure for the new travel section of The Daily Beast.
To come: more photos of the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and the Pantheon