Monday, September 5, 2011

Navigating Paris

Paris has the second oldest subway system in the world and is the second most heavily trafficked, carrying more than 4.5 million people on a daily basis.

I'm glad hubby knew what he was doing because it was all very confusing to me; but I must say, I was very impressed with how the whole system worked like clockwork.

This mural found on a wall of the metro in the Bastille area depicts a reproduction of one of the illustrations published in French newspapers during the Revolution.

There was even entertainment in some of the tunnels, from musicians to singers. It was like a mini concert every time we walked through.

While others chose to see Paris by bus.

Or by boat.

We chose to walk...

and walk ...

and walk.

Something we don't get to do during summers in Kuwait.

Our first day back to school went well. I was busy so the day passed really fast. The kids are happy with their classes (for the most part) and were happy to see all their friends again.

For those celebrating Labor Day, I hope you had a great 3-day weekend. Best wishes to all for the remainder of the week. Friendship blessings, Tammy

20 comments:

Marilyn said...

What a wonderful trip for you in a beautiful city!!
Love,
Marilyn

~~Carol~~ said...

Our daughter went to Paris a few years ago, and now she wants to go with me some time. Once I get over my fear of flying, I would love to go and just walk and walk like you did!
Have a great week!
Carol

Theresa said...

I just went through the posts of your trip that i missed... oh you lucky girl! That's all that keeps playing in my head right now! What a gorgeous trip you had. I would have chosen the walking too, i think you see more that way. Love the photo of you in front of the Eifel tower. School starts tomorrow for us, and we're all hoping for a great year! t. xoxoxoxo

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Lovely day! I see the boys were wearing light jackets..what was the weather like? Do they get chilled more easily because of the heat? Glad they're back in school and able to see their friends :-)

Grateful4Crochet said...

Amazing photos!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Tammy, y'all sound like us in Italy! We must have walked AT LEAST 10 miles a day. I love to see places that way. So much you miss when rolling by in a vehicle! Glad school has had a smooth start. I know that will cut into your crochet time! ;) Take care and have a good day! blessings ~ tanna

Createology said...

We had the best dinner in the Bastille at Bofingers many years ago. I am terribly confused by directions or maps or schedules but we did ride the Metro as Mr. C is a whiz at all of this navigation stuff. Hope your weather begins to cool down soon. Ours is feeling like Fall more and more...

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I have never been..thanks for sharing, looks wonderful. Yea! on everyone's day back to school...and Happy Labor Day

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

So glad you got to enjoy Paris and 'walking' without a melt-down!
Love to you,

Mariette

Anonymous said...

How nice that Sam knows Paris enough to get around. I am guessing the days you spent there would have been less enjoyable if you had spent your days trying to find your way through the streets and subways.
Fascinating information about the subway system. I did not realize Paris had so many people use the subway each day. Amazing... I am guessing NYC has the oldest and probably busiest subway in the world. I know Michelle uses it each day.
Your walking tour looks great. I love seeing the boys in jackets. It will be a few more months before we see any cool weather here. I am waiting patiently!
Glad the first day of school went well. We have another week to go. Swim practice starts today. Got to love schedules!!
Hope you found some time to crochet after a busy day!!
Love ya,
Renee

Gwendolyn said...

I know if there is one thing you can do girl.. it's walk!! I would much rather walk the streets, then take a boat ride or bus.
Glad school is off to a good start for you and the boys.
xoxo Gwen

Catherine said...

Looks like you are doing and seeing some wonderful things Tammy ~ good for you! It's always good to get back into the routine of school.
xo Catherine

Linda said...

Very interesting :) I'm enjoying following along in your travels. I'll bet you enjoyed that cooler weather.

Speaking of cool - it was downright "cold" here for us the past couple of days. That's right, after the 102 temps left, we have 50s at night and maybe even upper 40s to the north of us. That's typical Illinois - one day hot, the next day cold. It probably won't last for long - looks like 70s and low 80s are back in the forecast for later in the week, but even that (minus the relentless wind) will be a welcome change (able to open the windows and turn the air off finally).

Off to bed now though I'm not even tired. Basically lay around all weekend. Off to a short week.
Blessings always,
Linda

Pam said...

So glad you have a great visit in Paris. You go to such exciting places. I'm jealous.
Thanks for stopping by. My hubby is doing much better and I'm no longer the Taxi driver. More time for creating and blogging.

Pearlin J said...

Its wonderful to see Paris through your eyes.Its one of the top places I want to visit someday :)
We had good Eid Holidays .children have settled down in their classes now.Hope your work is going on fine too.

Ola said...

Thanks for this beatiful trip- I am still dreaming to see Paris

~*~Patty S said...

so enjoying seeing Paris thru your eyes dear Tammy...walking is something I enjoy very very much and what more beautiful and interesting surroundings than the City of Light!
oxo

Diane said...

It was nice that your husband knew his way around, then you could just relax and enjoy the entire thing. Hope you have a good week Tammy. Diane

Anonymous said...

I loved taking the metro when we travelled. It was so liberating and much quicker to get around and see some of the sights. It takes a little time to get used to but worth it.
I LOVE walking in new places. You never know what neat little shop or picture opportunity you might come across. Was it chilly there? Noticed the boys wearing hoodies.

Love Melissa

Sussie said...

The photos of you walking... walking... and walking made me smile. :) Best way to discover a new city in my opinion too.
I am used to big metro-system because I lived in Stockholm almost all my life. I think I know all the tunnels etc :) People play music there too and sometimes I miss the pulse! But at the same time it was very stressing to live there on an everyday basis.
Hope you are having a great day! Peace! :)

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