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Love all the photos....makes me "homesick" a bit! . I think once people realize how Paris is organized spiraling out from the center, it is a pretty easy city to get around....so long as the metro isn't on strike! (At least they announce their planned strikes so people can attempt to plan accordingly)
Ah, but strikes are so much a part of French life...
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Nice update and glad you made it into Paris without any problems!

Good that you got your Metro tix before arriving into Paris with the lines at the machines! Although, those particular ones may may been for standard train travel (RER) and not for the Metro! When, I arrived at CDG airport back in May and had to get a train ticket into Paris in my morning arrival, I opted to go to the ticket office, where they were so helpful and got you what you wanted, instead of using a menu driven system and being not familiar with it and suffering from severe jet lag! I made the right choice!
I can imagine you did. I've been to both the ticket office and used the machines and I found the machines easier to use, but I can imagine they wouldn't be in a jetlagged state.

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Nice pix of the Bastille! Visited there a number of years ago. I think in 1998. Some good ones in Place de Vosges as well. Great area of Paris here in the Marais! (Arr. 3) . Such a pretty area. Sort of equivalent in NYC to Greenwich Village or Covent Garden in London to an extent.
It certainly has some similarities to Covent Garden. I haven't made it to Greenwich Village yet... maybe one day.
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Thursday 5 December – part four: I wasn’t intending to visit this…

The entrance to Place des Vosges was impressive, but it also cleverly hid the square away, so you didn’t get to see the full splendour of it until you were pretty much on top of it, but I liked that, as it left it as a surprise until the last minute.



As you might remember from my pre-trip report, this square is considered amongst the most beautiful in the world. It’s got a total of 36 houses around it, nine on each side and they are beautiful. They date back around 400 years and as a result, they’ve seen many historic events over the years. There was a three day tournament held here to celebrate the marriage of Louis XIII to Anne of Austria in 1615 and it’s also been home to famous people over the years, including Cardinal Richelieu and writer Victor Hugo.



We walked over to see the statue in the middle of the square of Louis XIII.



Even though the fountains weren’t working for obvious reasons and the trees were lacking leaves, it still had a real charm to it and it looked beautiful in the winter light.




Once we had finished taking photos, we headed back the way we had come and back along the main road.



We came next to the Hotel de Sully, which we found completely by accident, as it wasn’t a place I was planning to visit. It dates back to the 17th century and has undergone extensive restoration to bring it back to how it used to look.


Mark decided to do a silly photo op!


It was a lovely place and had a lot of character to it. I was so pleased that we found this place.

We found that the back of the Hotel de Sully actually opened out on to Place des Vosges that we had just come out of.



Next: now how are we going to find Hazel?
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Beautiful photos of the square. I love the feeling of serenity the symmetry gives you. Nice to just roam around and be surprised by where you end up.
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Just beautiful. That kind of history fascinates me. Nothing quite like that here in the US. And this photo:


Classic. It's like something out of a picture book.
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Beautiful photos of the square. I love the feeling of serenity the symmetry gives you. Nice to just roam around and be surprised by where you end up.
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Classic. It's like something out of a picture book.
I must admit I thought that when I took it!
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Paris is such a beautiful city. You are so fortunate to live so close and be able to visit easily. We've been there twice, most recently in September, but would love to return some day.
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We are very lucky with where we live - we have so many countries we can visit for a day or a weekend, with a major airport 35 minutes away with direct flights all over Europe and beyond. I know how much of a blessing that is, having seen the hub and spoke system in the States.
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The square is absolutely beautiful!!! I would love to live there!!
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Place des Vosges is beautiful even in the winter. I have to agree with Laurie that I find the symmetry of it visually appealing as well as calming. It would be such a treat to live here and look at the square in all season. Hotel de Sully was also beautiful. I sometimes wonder what the original architects and builders would think about their work all these years later. I'm one who is glad they have been preserved and restored.
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