It was a bit scary at first standing in the middle of the street with cars going past to our left and right! But there were other people with us and the cars kept a bit of a safe distance so we were able to get our photos without any untoward accident
It felt a bit surreal to be standing there in front of this very famous structure, seeing it in person for the very first time. It was an amazing moment, really... I mean, you get so used to seeing some things in films and photographs that when you finally see it with your very own eyes, there's this few seconds of just being completely in awe of what's right in front of you...
Fast forward to the present time... the initial contention it received from the general public has now somewhat subsided and it is now considered as one of the city's most popular tourist attractions and a Paris landmark in its own right.
My first good view of the river was while we were crossing Pont Saint-Michel bridge on our way to the Notre Dame Cathedral. I had just landed in Paris 0700 that morning after a 30-hour flight from New Zealand. I should have been feeling tired...but I was too excited that I didn't feel the least bit tired at all. Paris! What was once something I used to only see in photos and movies, I was finally seeing with my very own eyes!
The first part of the trek was fairly easy — mostly flat ground with proper walkways and some walking boards over the damp areas. This was the least challenging and tiring out of all the sections (Average time to complete it is about 1-1.5 hours ). If you do the hike in the future, savor your time here… things will only get harder, I tell you. Haha.
WE DID IT! Conquered this 8.5 hour trek (19.4 km) comprised of some really steep climbs and gravelly downhill slopes.
When we visited Christchurch as part of our road trip down the South Island back in 2014, one of the activities that we did while we were there was Punting on the Avon. Punting refers to boating in a punt — a flat-bottomed boat, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water with a punter…
Calm, quiet, peaceful and away from the crowds... it's also good for the days you want to unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
"Amidst the general feeling of gloom that can be felt while walking around the city, however, were fun and interesting things that showed that although this city was brought down to it's knees, it was picking itself up again and starting to move on."
"You can't buy happiness... but you can buy ice cream and that is pretty much the same thing."