Enjoying the Eurocup atmosphere, a Museum in a railway station and the superb Arc de Triumphe.
What a sporting weekend it was, Wimbleton finals and the Final of the Eurocup in Paris! ⚽️🏅⚽️🏆🎾🎾 The EC kickoff was not until 9.00pm Sunday evening! So plenty of time to build up the excitement. In the afternoon were were in the Arc de Triumphe and then the Eiffel Tower areas and it was hot, noisy and the whole place was a going off. Car horns, flag waving, beers being consumed and noise, noise, noise! Here's a bit of what we experienced.
We had selected just a few iconic places to see and on Sunday went to the Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triumphe. The Orsay is in fact, believe it or not, a converted railway station! It was to be demolished for a new building sometime in the early 20C! It is a superb building and you could easily spend a couple of very interesting days looking at the various exhibits.
Also taken from the Orsay observation deck area are a coiple of shots of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica which helps identify where our accommodation is located.
The 'Arc' is another magnificient building and standing atop of it give a great sense of the planned nature of Paris. Interestingly, at the eastern end of the Champs-Elysees is the Place de la Concorde, the place for cellarbrations, demonstrations etc including the end of 'Le Tour' and interestingly also the site of the odd beheading or two back in the 'good old days'. At the western end of this magnificient boulevard we saw the new modern Paris. You can see it in one of the photos, it must be off limits to tourists because most like ourselves did know it existed!
Then the day became quite an event, us trying to get back to Monmartre and I suspect hundreds of thousands of noisy, colourful football fans either on their way to the massive outdoor screens near the Eiffel Tower or the Parc des Princes. Fortunately our trains were going away from the crowds but the trains running in the opposite direction to us were jammed pack, all red, white and blues or green and red. We were relieved to find a nice little bar/cafe where it was relatively quiet and were able with a few locals, enjoy a meal, a drink or two and the game on TV. Perhaps we were a bit fortunate France didn't win, otherwise we may have drunk more than we needed and assumed a 'french-ish' identity after the after game.
Over the next day or so we will try a little shopping and explore more around Monmartre and the infamous Pigalle area.