Monday, June 19

Paris 1 of 3: Friday

Like I said, we got up bright and eary to take the train to Paris. We arrived at noon. I wasn't too excited because I really hadn't thought about all there is in Paris, but after walking around a little, I got giddy. Here are the pictures from last Friday.

From far up and across the river
the Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cite, the government has been located at this spot since Roman times
Notre Dame, started in 1160 and finished around 1345, is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture
the inside
the memorial to the French Jews deported during WWII, located in the block behind Notre Dame
the river
Sainte Chapelle was built in the 1240's and now is surrounded by the Palais de Justice
L'Assemblée Nationale, France's congress
The main gallery of the Musée D'Orsay, which covers the 19th century
To the south of the city Sacre Coeur, a basilica, sits atop butte Montmartre
a little bit closer now
A little down the slope of Montmartre is where all the artists hang out. I didn't see a single mime! What the heck!?!
Napoleon's tomb is under the golden dome and surrounded by a French military museum
It's the Arc de Triomphe! Much larger than I ever imagined and ordered by Napoleon!
From the top of the Arc de Triomphe, a view down Champs Élysées. It's not "Champs-Elise" (how I pronounced it at first) it's closer to "SHAWM-zay-le-zay".
The other end of Champs Élysées, the shopping district, is the Louvre.
Now, we went to the Eiffel Tower, but the top was closed so we decided to wait until another day. Later it was dark so we took many tons of pictures. Technically, the image of the Eiffel Tower at night is copywritten, but this picture isn't of the Eiffel Tower at night, it's of me standing in a park in Paris at night. We hypothecize that the circles are bugs in the air.

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