The big question was of course the one about which gear to take.
Should I opt for the whole lot or just go for the light version. As we would be walking a lot I decided to go for the light version.
So what came with me to Paris.
First of all the absolutely amazing Fuji X100S.
Then to go a little bit wider I packed the wide conversion lens WCL-X100 and last but not least for a bit of light the small flash unit EF-X20.
Not to forget three batteries and two spare SD cards. Now I was set to go.
It was an early start as our TGV train from Stuttgart to Paris left at 6:54 in the morning. Having to leave this early was not all that easy. I hate having to get up so early.
But it´s worth it I can tell you.
The train journey was really great. At top speed the TGV was going at 315km/h. Fast, fast, fast.
After arriving at the main train station in Paris we got our three day metro card and headed to the line we needed to take us near to our hotel.
Stepping up out of the metro station and we had this typical view of Paris.
Just one problem occurred. About two minutes later it started to rain. Heavy rain. Did I have an umbrella with me? No of course not.
My wife went to the next shop and bought me a cheap little one so I would not be completely drenched when arriving at the hotel.
As soon as we had reached the Hotel Diana, our residence for the coming nights, the rain stopped.
This was taken just outside our hotel.
We dropped of our luggage and got changed as the already booked Louvre tour was about to start soon.
This we booked from home before. A wise thing to do as we would discover later on.
Back to the Metro and we headed off to the Louvre.
Time enough to take some street shots and one of the arch in front of this gigantic museum.
Stepping inside is a sight one can not explain in words. It is a HUGE museum.
To much for some
The next picture is a self portrait.
For me it was more interesting to watch the people inside this museum than to look at the pictures itself. I know, I know. I should have taken more interest in the art.
A snap out of the window. This one was edited in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
After the tour through the Louvre museum we walked to the Pont des Arts
From this bridge it is not far to the Notre Dame any more. So that´s what we did. To top of this busy day we went to take a look inside as well.
What a long day it had been by this time. The four of us noticed that we where pretty hungry by now. What better to do than to go to a small restaurant and order a great three course meal and a bottle of wine.
A tip from me. Make sure to check for a restaurant that offers a three course meal as a menu. Mostly you should find three or four types costing between 10 and 30 euros.
This way you can really save money on food.
Anyway on the way to our evening meal I snapped some quick street shots.
After a great three course meal and two glasses of wine we felt fit for bed. It had been a long day and we headed to the hotel.
Coming up in the next post will be walk along the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel tower.
I do hope you enjoyed this first post about our visit to Paris. If you have any questions do not hesitate to drop a line in the comments box.