The Big City Challenge in Paris kicked off on the 14th of July 2015, the French national holiday and it launched at full speed...
The @Social_Traveler a découvert le 1er défi à relever de #MissionParis ! Des idées ? pic.twitter.com/jTvPwwzeDE— Paris Je t'aime (@ParisJeTaime) July 14, 2015
I rented myself a Vélib' bike and I posted my mission on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Instagram to get suggestions for sights to visit.
In just a few minutes I got more suggestions than I could probably handle in 3 hours but I was gonna try my best.
I was close to the Opera building so that would be my Numéro uno.
|Opera House in Paris|
|Cycling the empty streets of Paris|
While I was cycling from the Opera to the Louvre the Défilé also started and the airplanes were flying in formation over my head. Awesomeness!
|Military jets over Paris|
|Stricking a pose in front of the Louvre|
|Les Tuilleries #3|
|L'Institut de France|
|Hôtel de Ville|
At every place I got new suggestions for more places and I was posting a picture of every place on the go on Twitter (@social_traveler).
@Social_Traveler @ParisJeTaime you can also visit Bastille and Place des Vosges, it's not that far away. #paris— Denise Urbach (@Helptourists) July 14, 2015
From Hôtel de ville I saw centre Pompidou from the corner of my eye :-) • #MissionParis w @ParisJeTaime • #BIGcc i pic.twitter.com/MHY2I4r4Je— The Social Traveler (@Social_Traveler) July 14, 2015
I got a lot of help from from there. She organizes travel tours in Paris and knows the city in and out. We met a few years ago in Berlin at a travel conference and stayed in touch ever since.
Now at Hotel de Ville I saw centre Pompidou from the corner of my eye and decided to add it to the list. From there I kicked up the speed to include place des Vosges and La Bastille. Quite appropriate on #BastilleDay, right?
|Place des Vosges|
That brought me to the East side of Paris. Denise suggested to cycle back along La Rive gauche (the left bank) of the Seine. A great idea since there was barely any traffic and I could cover some ground quickly. Also it's very beautiful to cycle there.
|La Rive Gauche de Paris|
I've been a few times to Paris in my life but I've never been to this spot. I just love discovering new places like this!
From there it went to La fontaine de Saint Michel, the entrance to quartier Latin. I took a quick snap and hopped back on my bike direction place de la Concorde.
|Place Saint Michel|
Just loved pushing those pedals. It brought back cycling memories from my tandem challenge in South East Asia.
At the bridge to get to place de la Concorde the road was blocked because of the festivities so I could only take a picture from afar. I'm not sure if it counts :-)
|Place de La Concorde from across the bridge|
I had only 30 minutes left so I continued my way to Les Invalides. Did you know btw that you can find the tomb of Napoleon there?
The roads were empty there as well so I decided to take advantage of this unique moment and asked a passer by to snap a shot from the middle of the street :-)
|La Tour Eiffel|
Only 15 min left to capture the Queen of Paris, La Tour Eiffel. She had to be part of this of course. I raced over and made it in the nick of time. I asked a lovely Australian girl to take a picture, she accepted with a big smile which resulted in an awesome jump shot in front of the Eiffel Tower. :-)
14 monuments captured on the 14th of July...