Below, near Gare Montparnasse, looking down the street toward our hotel and to give you an idea of the kind of weather we were dealing with in Paris.
Here's the view from our hotel (Pullman Montparnasse) window: You can see the Montparnasse Cemetery where quite a few famous people are interred (Susan Sontag, Mavis Gallant, Alfred Dreyfus, Samuel Beckett, Guy de Maupassant, Man Ray, Camille Saint-Saens, Jean-Paul Sartre were a few of the names I recognized). We later walked by this cemetery, heading to the Métro.
The dome in the distance is the Panthéon, overlooking the Quartier Latin, near the Sorbonne and Jardin du Luxembourg. It is famous in part as the first place that Jean Bernard Léon Foucault tested out his pendulum.
Pre-flood Paris: that roadway the cars are on gets turned into a beach, Paris-Plage, for July and August when they bring in truckloads of sand and even palm trees. Swimming in the Seine not permitted.
In June 2016, all underwater!
We stopped here, near Pont Saint-Michel for a morning café. Also flooded.
We walked through the flower market. Heaven in an urban setting!
Pont des Arts: love locks removed
Couldn't resist this shot, but we didn't go in
Arc de Triomphe du Carousel
Grand Roux de Paris, Place de la Concorde
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
We climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and took a while to admire the views in all directions even though it was raining.
First, looking toward La Grande Arche de la Défense
Then down (up?) the Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Toward the Tour Eiffel
Finally toward Montparnasse
Near the Arc de Triomphe: friends' former pied-a-terre
The skyscraper in the distance is Tour Montparnasse, just a block from our hotel
Awesome to see at night
Every evening the Tour sparkles for 5 minutes every hour on the hour