Paris in the springtime

17 04 2014

I can confirm that a good time to be in Paris is in the springtime. Most of the trees were green and many were in full bloom. The temperature was comfortable, even though I would have liked more warmth and the hoards of tourists that Paris is renowned for hadn’t all arrived. I’m sure that at Easter and onwards it will be completely different. The trip was a long weekend with partner and eldest grandson and the focus was on sightseeing. All the usual stuff of course. It meant lots of walking and many journeys on the Metro. The Metro was a great cheap way of getting around the city.

My partner’s grandson has been caching for over nine years (he started when he was 7 months old) and was pleased when we found a couple of micros in the centre of the city but didn’t really understood what a virtual and earthcache were all about. That’s all that was done in the way of geocaching on this trip even though I was hoping for more.

Arc de Triumphe

Arc de Triumphe

Eiffel tower as seen from the Arc de Triumphe

Eiffel tower as seen from the Arc de Triumphe

We started off at Arc de Triumphe and walked down Champs E’lysée to the Louvre finding our first cache Remember Votez Piments ! just outside Theatre Marigny which is in the park on Av. des Champs-Elysées. We then wandered on to the earthcache Les crapauds de l’obélisque de la concorde. at Place de la Concorde. Apart from the impressive obelisk there were a few rather strange looking people there as well.

The Egyptian heiroglyphics made no sense

The Egyptian heiroglyphics made no sense

The obelisk

The obelisk

There is an alien theory surrounding obelisks

There is an alien theory surrounding obelisks

Our walk continued on through the park past the Grand Bassin Rond and the virtual cache Who is she?

ds8300 and the Cezanne virtual cache

ds8300 and the Cezanne virtual cache

then on to the glass pyramid at the Louvre. Our caching for the day was over but we continued on through the central parts of Paris before returning to the hotel for the night.

The pyramid at the Louvre was pretty light

The pyramid at the Louvre was pretty light

Looking along the Champes-Elysees

Looking along the Champes-Elysees

The day after started with an hour standing in the queue at the Eiffel Tower before we could take the lift up to the viewing platform. The views from all sides were fantastic and we were all impressed. Shortly after coming back down to terra firma we found our second traditional cache Gustave et la Tour nestled into a corner together with a Munzee. We located a second cache in the Champ de March park but didn’t have the required bottle of water with us that was needed to extract the cache from it’s hidey hole.

Looking up the Eiffel Tower

Looking up the Eiffel Tower

Join 18038 parts together to make a tower

Join 18038 parts together to make a tower

Champ de March park

Champ de March park

Jardin du Trocadero

Jardin du Trocadero

Leon with the log for GC4HAV3 - Gustave et la Tour

Leon with the log for GC4HAV3 – Gustave et la Tour

From there on visits to Montparnasse, Sacreceur and other parts of central Paris were made using the Metro for transporting us around. We ended the day at La Defense. Very little geocaching but an enjoyable weekend none the less.

La Grande Arche De La Defense

La Grande Arche De La Defense

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