Hi everyone – work has been absolutely crazy over the summer (and it won’t get any better soon, but maybe I am adjusting to it now). But I really want to finish this TR in some way at least. In the meantime, I have put together a little update for you that is far away from Orlando. I was in Paris in August for a few days and thought I would show you some of the highlights! This first update will be Paris, the city, the next update will be a few pictures form Disneyland Paris (you did not think that I would travel to Paris and not spend some time there as well? ;-)). Oh – and in case you wondered about the new avatar: It is from the Walt Disney Studios Paris, not because I am such a great fan of that park (it has quite some flaws!!) but because I think it makes a very nice avatar! I had a few days in Paris and walked around a lot – I just enjoyed all the different neighbourhoods and did not concentrate so much on the big sites as I had seen those on previous trips, so this is just a rather random collection of things I found interesting: Let’s start at the Centre Pompidou – which houses the museum of modern art as well as a large library: The museum is open until 9pm which was great for me as I spent the evening there and watched the sunset, you have a wonderful view from there. The first picture has the Eiffel Tower on the left edge. And this is Sacre Coeur, a church on the top of Montmartre (I went there on another day): This is kind of the contrast – the Louvre which houses all the old masters: Since I am more into modern art than old masters, I did not go in there, but I managed to get into the glass pyramide which you can see through the arch on the previous photo which also functions as the main entrance to the museum: Another interesting museum which I visited was the Musee d’Orsay which used to be a railway station and now houses lots of statues as well as paintings my the impressionists: My hotel was between the Gare de Lyon which is a very impressive railway station: and the Place de la Bastille – which now is home to this memorial: but also is the site of the Bastille, a prison, which was famously stormed during the French revolution on July 14, 1789 – stilled celebrated today as the French National Day. One thing I fell in love with in Paris were the parks – this here is the Jardin de Luxembourg: And this is the Tuilleries: Do you see the green chairs? They are made of metal and are scattered around the parks so people can sit and relax. It was so inviting and I spent quite some time there reading and soaking up the atmosphere! On one side of the Tuilleries was the closest I got to the Eiffel Tower on this trip: One of my walks (I had downloaded some apps with audio tours on my Iphone and those were really great for a solo traveller!) I walked around Montmartre which was very charming: There was an interesting market street: And that’s a good moment to include two other food pictures – from other places: From the quaint streets I continued on to Sacre Coeur and suddenly met the masses of tourists I had so far avoided mainly. Since tourists are not so interesting, I only show you a close up of the church, it is quite impressive! Let’s continue with a few more scenes from different streets: This was a pretty door: And just around the corner was some street art: This impressive building is the city hall: And let’s end with one site which is also the site of a Disney film – Notre Dame: I hope you enjoyed the brief walk through Paris – as promised Disneyland Paris will follow shortly and then we will continue with the proper TR! I just felt that you needed some more pictures to make up for the long delay!