My first stop was to Champs de Mars, the public park in front of the Eiffel Tower, to see a replica of the Eiffel Tower made of red chairs. This 13-meter structure made from 324 red chairs was created to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower. There are a couple of carousels near the Eiffel Tower and I find it strangely mesmerising watching them go round and round.
Pont des Arts also referred to as Love Bridge is where lovers would profess their undying love by writing their names on padlocks, attaching them to the bridge, and throwing the key into the Seine. Soon tourists followed suit and there were street vendors selling padlocks at the bridge. These padlocks seem to take on lives of their own and grew covering the bridge and extended to Pont d’Archeveche and other monuments becoming a dangerous threat of collapse of the bridges.
Update: In June 2015, municipal workers removed 45 tonnes of padlocks from the bridge putting an end to this romantic gesture.
Palais Royal is one of my favorite places in Paris. It was originally the private residence of Cardinal Richelieu until he bequeathed the building to King Louis XIII. It is very pleasant to have a coffee in the courtyard, browse the shops along the long galleries or sit in the garden and watch the world go by.