Our stay in Paris in November 2012 was, unfortunately, far too brief, as we had only an afternoon, a night and a morning between arriving at the Gare du Nord in the Eurostar from London and departing from the same station on the Thalys bound for Amsterdam, so we tried to make the most of our fleeting visit. The memories, however, will last a lifetime.
The rose window in the western facade of the Notre Dame.
Statue of Charlemagne on the Place Jean-Paul II (in front of the Notre Dame)
The Place du Louvre, with the Église Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois.
The view from the courtyard of the Louvre across the Pont des Arts with the Institut de France in the distance.
Le Pavillon de Sully seen from the pyramid courtyard of the Louvre.
Statue of Jeanne d’Arc and behind it the Rue des Pyramides. On the right is the Hotel Regina.
The lions in front of the Pavillon Denon.
The Pont du Carrousel, with the dome of the Institut de France and the two stubby western towers of Notre Dame.
The passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, formerly known as passerelle Solférino (or pont de Solférino) with the Grand Palais to the right beyond it.
The Île de la Cité from the west, with the Pont Neuf joining it to the right and left banks of the Seine.
Just a few glimpses of this wonderful old city from our brief visit last November.
London plane twig, seed and leaf: remains of summer.
Rear view of one of the sphinxes at Cleopatra’s Needle, showing the fine detail of the casting.
London’s County Hall.
The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Bridge.
St Paul’s towers over the bustle of the city. Southwark Bridge on the right.
Birches near the Tate Modern.
Tower Bridge on a cold, gloomy late autumn afternoon.