Once Elaine and I arrived in Paris we made our way through the subway system (with baggage) to our accommodation dropped our bags off and made our way to the Charles de Gaulle airport to meet Rosemary. The apartment we rented is in the 9th district of Paris - a one bedroom with a living room (pull out sofa bed) kitchen and bathroom on the sixth floor of an old walk up building - however it does have an elevator, well sort of, it fit my one big bag and myself!
Paris is the capital of France (and largest city) located in northern France on the Seine River. It is divided into 20 districts or arrondissements (if you visit paris and would like to walk the city you are best to stay in accommodation in districts 1-9 closer to the major attractions). 2.3 million people live in Paris and 12 million live in the metropolitan area - much less populated than the cities in China. Paris is one of the world's major global cities especially for business, arts and cultural. The weather has been mostly overcast, relatively mild but we have been rained on a couple of times.
The first day in Paris we walked for 10 hours - my cousins were exhausted from the Lorna version of touring a city! First stop below to pick up a few souvenir bobbles - just kidding!
First stop the Eiffel Tower built in 1889 for the universal exposition and was suppose to be dismantled after the exposition but this never happened and it has become the major landmark associated with Paris.
There are many bridges which connect the right and left banks of Paris. Under the Seine are a number of tunnels for traffic - it was one of the tunnels close to the eiffel tower Pont de l' Alma where princess Diana was killed in the accident.
Off to Nortre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris). Roman Catholic cathedral construction started in 1163.