|Bonjour, Notre Dame!|
|Sailing a boat at the Jardins du Luxembourg|
Père Lachaise Cemetery and saw Chopin's grave and the monument to Abelard and Heloise. One morning we went to an outdoor market for groceries and spent an afternoon in the Jardin des Tuileries. We walked across the Pont Alexandre III and admired the Hotel des Invalides, the Grand Palais, and the Petit Palais.
|a gallery in the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine|
Among the contemporary models at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine was the Citroen Showroom on the Champs-Élysées, which we'd walked by earlier in the week and marveled at without really knowing what it was. After scrutinizing the model, N. wanted to go in the building, so another day when we walked down the Champs-Élysées again, we climbed to the top of the showroom, enjoying the high-concept new architecture and the Parisian views high above the street.
Without exactly planning it this way, our first week in Paris began in the tiny ancient streets of Île de la Cité and ended in a new automobile showroom with sweeping views of much of the history in between. And that's how we began to get to know Paris.
|Top level of the Citroen Showroom|