Pemigewasset River Bridge

You can’t visit New England without finding and capturing some of the covered bridges.  The Pemigewasset River bridge, located in New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch State Park, is found 1/4 mile up the Flume Gorge Trail.  The bridge was built in 1886.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire

Battlement

The Chateau De la Barre has been in the Vanssay family since the 1400’s and was our home base while touring the Loire Valley.  One of the remaining battlements that still exists on the property is shown here about to catch the morning light.

Chateau De la Barre, France
Chateau De la Barre, France

Art Class on a Submarine

We took an open air boat tour on the Seine and passed by this island that looked like a submarine with trees growing out the top.  The tour guide told us they have art classes there which you can see.

Seine River Paris
Seine River Paris

Cabaret De La Boheme

This cabaret and restaurant is in Montmartre, just east of ‎Sacre Coeur.  I was here in the very early morning.  I had walked from Sacre Coeur to the cafe and found one lonlely coffee drinker setting outside. I suspect it is much more lively at night but I was never up late enough to find out.

 Montmartre Paris
Montmartre Paris

Cite

We used the Paris subway system a lot during our stay.  One of our favorites was Cite.  It opened in 1910 and is one of the few with a surviving Art Nouveau entrance and stylish round lamps on the platforms. It is located under the Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine that contains the Notre Dame Cathedral which was our destination.

Paris
Paris

 

14th Arrondissement

There is a service called Paris Greeters that pair you with a local resident who speaks your language of choice. In our case we took a walking tour of the 14th district with Françoise Jamin who happened to be an english teacher. She was very knowledgeable and proud of this area where she and her husband live.  The 14th district of Paris has a “village” atmosphere with many  artists’ studios, shops, squares and a church built with the iron structures of the International Exhibition. This photo is representative of one of the residential streets in the 14th. Paris Greeters is a free service but they accept donations.

Paris
Paris