From Arc de Triomphe, we took a metro to Concorde metro station. Alighting from the station it was a short distance to Place de la Concorde. It is one of the major public squares in Paris and is the largest in the French capital. The center of the Place is occupied by a giant Egyptian stone pillar decorated with some sort of ancient Egyptian writing from the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II.
A gift from the Egyptian to the French.
The stone pillar in the middle of Place de la Concorde.
One of the two fountains in the centre of the square
From across the square, you’ll see Hotel de la Marine, Paris.
Opposite Hotel de la Marine, across the bridge over river Seine is the National Assembly.
Our last itinerary for the day is to visit the grounds of Louvre Museum in particular the Pyramide du Louvre. From Place de la Concocrde we cross the street and into Tuileries Garden. It’s quiet a long walk but there are trees, flowers, ponds, ducks & pigeons to keep us occupied. One thing that we are a little dismayed is due to the very large crowd, people walking in the garden kicks up a lot of dust as it was a sunny evening.
As you enter Tuileries Garden from Place de la Concorde, there is a small pond to sit by.
Once crossed Tuileries Garden, you would be able to see the Louvre Museum building and the Louvre Pyramid in the distance. I only wanted to photograph the museum’s surrounding especially during sun down and at dark. Unfortunately, dusk is another 2½ hours away. Being our first day in Paris arriving just before 3 p.m. we left the Louvre for the call of our bed.
Part of Louvre museum as seen from Tuileries Garden.
Another section of Louvre museum as seen from Tuileries Garden.
The Louvre Pyramid from a distance.
The Louvre Pyramid from the museum square.
Closer view of Louvre Pyramid and the museum building in the background.