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My Paris Photos, Part 1

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Big Ben peeking out from behind the trees.

Big Ben peeking out from behind the trees.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey - the entrance

Westminster Abbey - the entrance

Tom and the London Eye.  I have no idea what he's looking at, I just liked the city scene behind him.

Tom and the London Eye. I have no idea what he's looking at, I just liked the city scene behind him.

Big Ben, the infamous black taxicabs, and a double decker bus - so London.

Big Ben, the infamous black taxicabs, and a double decker bus - so London.

Tom, Jonathan, and Big Ben.  Jonathan insists on making faces.

Tom, Jonathan, and Big Ben. Jonathan insists on making faces.

 

I just liked this shot.

I just liked this shot.

Inside Parliament waiting to go into the House of Commons

Inside Parliament waiting to go into the House of Commons

Borat aka Jonathan in front of the Kazakhstan embassy.

Borat aka Jonathan in front of the Kazakhstan embassy.

A really cool column (I forgot who it is)

A really cool column (I forgot who it is)

Nelson column in Trafalgar Square

Nelson column in Trafalgar Square

 

The last time we were here this was all covered up with scaffolding so we couldn't see it.

The last time we were here this was all covered up with scaffolding so we couldn't see it.

 

Cool lion at the base of the Nelson Column in Trafalgar Square

Cool lion at the base of the Nelson Column in Trafalgar Square

Jonathan making a face yet again.

Jonathan making a face yet again.

 

Trafalgar Square from steps of the British National Gallery

Trafalgar Square from steps of the British National Gallery

Trafalgar Square from the National Gallery - note Big Ben in the distance.

Trafalgar Square from the National Gallery - note Big Ben in the distance.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

It is MUCH larger than we had imagined.

It is MUCH larger than we had imagined.

The crazy traffic in the roundabout around the Arc de Triomphe

The crazy traffic in the roundabout around the Arc de Triomphe

As you can see, it's quite the tourist attraction.

As you can see, it's quite the tourist attraction.

 

 

 

Tomb of the Unknown, Arc de Triomphe

Tomb of the Unknown, Arc de Triomphe

 

It really is massive!

It really is massive!

Looking down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe toward the Obelisk, the Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre.

Looking down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe toward the Obelisk, the Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre.

Looking down the Champs-Élysées in the opposite direction toward La Defense

Looking down the Champs-Élysées in the opposite direction toward La Defense

 

 

 

Les Halles - a "mall" beneath street level in the heart of Paris.  This was once the location of the central market of Paris.

Les Halles - a "mall" beneath street level in the heart of Paris. This was once the location of the central market of Paris.

Forum des Halles

Forum des Halles

The church in the background is Église Saint-Eustache - a really gorgeous church.

The church in the background is Église Saint-Eustache - a really gorgeous church.

"Why are you taking my picture?"

"Why are you taking my picture?"

I just love the contrasting architecture.

I just love the contrasting architecture.

 

Just in front of the Forum des Halles

Just in front of the Forum des Halles

Isn't this cool with all the vines growing on the structure?  It was really beautiful.

Isn't this cool with all the vines growing on the structure? It was really beautiful.

Typical Parisian street scene

Typical Parisian street scene

Outdoor cafe, bunch of motorbikes, narrow streets, Napoleanic architecture - Paris.

Outdoor cafe, bunch of motorbikes, narrow streets, Napoleanic architecture - Paris.

This is when it really struck me that I was in Paris.  The Louvre.

This is when it really struck me that I was in Paris. The Louvre.

The place is indescribably enormous.

The place is indescribably enormous.

 

Yet another face.  I don't remember what Tom was eating.

Yet another face. I don't remember what Tom was eating.

 

I kept trying to find a shot that would capture how large the Louvre is, but it's just not possible from the ground.

I kept trying to find a shot that would capture how large the Louvre is, but it's just not possible from the ground.

Does this really need a caption?

Does this really need a caption?

Isn't the architecture just gorgeous?

Isn't the architecture just gorgeous?

 

I love this shot.

I love this shot.

 

 

 

 

How cool is this - The Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, and the Eiffel Tower, all in one shot.

How cool is this - The Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, and the Eiffel Tower, all in one shot.

 

 

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - Not nearly as large as the Arc de Triomphe, yet every bit as amazing and beautiful.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - Not nearly as large as the Arc de Triomphe, yet every bit as amazing and beautiful.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - made in 1806-08, commissioned by Napolean I to commemorate France's military victories in 1805.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - made in 1806-08, commissioned by Napolean I to commemorate France's military victories in 1805.

The stupid light pole wrecks this shot, but it's as much of the Louvre as I could capture without a wide angle lens, and without going back another 100 yards.

The stupid light pole wrecks this shot, but it's as much of the Louvre as I could capture without a wide angle lens, and without going back another 100 yards.

Here's all the info about the Arc de triomphe du Carrousel.  You just need to be able to read French.

Here's all the info about the Arc de triomphe du Carrousel. You just need to be able to read French.

See what all I couldn't capture in that other photo?

See what all I couldn't capture in that other photo?

 

The bridges along the Seine just MAKE Paris.  You see the Grand Palais in the background (the glass roofed building) as well as the Pont Alexandre III (the bridge with the gold statues on it)

The bridges along the Seine just MAKE Paris. You see the Grand Palais in the background (the glass roofed building) as well as the Pont Alexandre III (the bridge with the gold statues on it)

Musée d'Orsay.  We didn't go inside, unfortunately.

Musée d'Orsay. We didn't go inside, unfortunately.

Another look down the Seine toward the Grand Palais

Another look down the Seine toward the Grand Palais

See those two columns sticking up in the distance in the middle of the shot?  One guess what that is.  (Hint: "Sanctuary!")

See those two columns sticking up in the distance in the middle of the shot? One guess what that is. (Hint: "Sanctuary!")

Photo from same spot as previous, only not zoomed in.

Photo from same spot as previous, only not zoomed in.

 

We never did walk down on those walkways, though we had planned to do so.

We never did walk down on those walkways, though we had planned to do so.

The Musée d'Orsay again. Funny, that VW Passat in the photo looks just like ours.

The Musée d'Orsay again. Funny, that VW Passat in the photo looks just like ours.

These bateaux ply the Seine, filled with tourists.  It seems like it would be fun to go on one.

These bateaux ply the Seine, filled with tourists. It seems like it would be fun to go on one.

 

 

I thought the red brick building was really beautiful.

I thought the red brick building was really beautiful.

Les Bouquinistes - along the Seine you find these sellers of used books, LPs, postcards, etc.  Each bouquiniste is given four boxes, all of a specified size, and rent is paid only for the stone on which the boxes rest (less than €100 per year). The most coveted spots are awarded based on seniority. Maintenance costs, including the required vert wagon paint (the green color of old train cars), are paid by the bouquinistes. With little overhead, prices are usually cheaper than in most shops. While these days, tourists prefer magnets and posters over vintage books, the city "officially" allows no more than one box of souvenirs for every three boxes of books.  Bouquinistes must be open at least four days a week. The waiting list to become one of Paris' 250 bouquinistes is eight years.

Les Bouquinistes - along the Seine you find these sellers of used books, LPs, postcards, etc. Each bouquiniste is given four boxes, all of a specified size, and rent is paid only for the stone on which the boxes rest (less than €100 per year). The most coveted spots are awarded based on seniority. Maintenance costs, including the required vert wagon paint (the green color of old train cars), are paid by the bouquinistes. With little overhead, prices are usually cheaper than in most shops. While these days, tourists prefer magnets and posters over vintage books, the city "officially" allows no more than one box of souvenirs for every three boxes of books. Bouquinistes must be open at least four days a week. The waiting list to become one of Paris' 250 bouquinistes is eight years.

Les Bouquinistes

Les Bouquinistes

Walking along the Seine

Walking along the Seine

 

That's the Louvre in the background.

That's the Louvre in the background.

This was a very busy section of our walk along the Seine.  The intersection ahead was filled with young people at night.

This was a very busy section of our walk along the Seine. The intersection ahead was filled with young people at night.

 

Typical Paris street - cafe on the corner, lots of people walking everywhere, and with a purpose.  The French walk FAST!

Typical Paris street - cafe on the corner, lots of people walking everywhere, and with a purpose. The French walk FAST!

 

Tom and Jonathan watching a swarm of police officers outside the Palais de Justice.  There must have been some major court case going on.

Tom and Jonathan watching a swarm of police officers outside the Palais de Justice. There must have been some major court case going on.

Palais de Justice

Palais de Justice

 

 

I will lay you odds that the guy in blue is NOT French.  The French are NOT overweight.

I will lay you odds that the guy in blue is NOT French. The French are NOT overweight.

This neighborhood/intersection gets very busy in the evenings.  It is surrounded by cafes, neat little shops, and filled with students.

This neighborhood/intersection gets very busy in the evenings. It is surrounded by cafes, neat little shops, and filled with students.

 

Now do you recognize those towers?  Notre Dame de Paris.

Now do you recognize those towers? Notre Dame de Paris.

 

 

 

We sat on the bridge near Notre Dame and people watched.  This pair was quite entertaining.  The pants on the guy in yellow were so low I don't know what kept them up.

We sat on the bridge near Notre Dame and people watched. This pair was quite entertaining. The pants on the guy in yellow were so low I don't know what kept them up.

 

 

If I remember correctly, the line you see forming is for "the best ice cream in Paris".  We were going to try some, but never got the chance.

If I remember correctly, the line you see forming is for "the best ice cream in Paris". We were going to try some, but never got the chance.

It is such a beautiful structure!

It is such a beautiful structure!

 

 

This was a little cafe on a boat on the Seine.

This was a little cafe on a boat on the Seine.

 

I love flying buttresses.

I love flying buttresses.

The beautiful rosette window.

The beautiful rosette window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm sure that guy is wondering what the heck I'm taking a picture of.  "Not you, buddy!"  I think I was just trying to capture the scene.  Note the people eating baguettes on the left.

I'm sure that guy is wondering what the heck I'm taking a picture of. "Not you, buddy!" I think I was just trying to capture the scene. Note the people eating baguettes on the left.

 

 

The Honourable Artillery Open House, London, England

The Honourable Artillery Open House, London, England

 

The Honourable Artillery Open House, London, England

The Honourable Artillery Open House, London, England

Le Tour Eiffel.  Honestly, you cannot tell how huge it is from photos.  Even in person it's hard to grasp just how huge it is.

Le Tour Eiffel. Honestly, you cannot tell how huge it is from photos. Even in person it's hard to grasp just how huge it is.

The Honourable Artillery Open House, London, England

The Honourable Artillery Open House, London, England

Jonathan with a message for his girlfriend in this and the two following photos.

Jonathan with a message for his girlfriend in this and the two following photos.

The Honourable Artillery Open House, London, England

The Honourable Artillery Open House, London, England

That's a heart, in case you couldn't figure it out.

That's a heart, in case you couldn't figure it out.

 

 

 

See how small the cars are in the distance?  It is enormous!

See how small the cars are in the distance? It is enormous!

 

 

 

Looking back at the Palais de Chaillot.  There was apparently going to be some big concert or something because they were setting up this huge stage with screens, speakers, etc.  That's the black thing you see in the middle between the two buildings.

Looking back at the Palais de Chaillot. There was apparently going to be some big concert or something because they were setting up this huge stage with screens, speakers, etc. That's the black thing you see in the middle between the two buildings.

 

The base of the Eiffel Tower with L'Ecole Militaire in the background.

The base of the Eiffel Tower with L'Ecole Militaire in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

Tom trying to grasp it's hugeness.

Tom trying to grasp it's hugeness.

 

 

 

At the base of each leg is a ticket booth where you buy tickets for the elevator to the top.  You can take stairs that go to the second level for free, if you want to climb the 668.

At the base of each leg is a ticket booth where you buy tickets for the elevator to the top. You can take stairs that go to the second level for free, if you want to climb the 668.

 

 

 

 

 

Gendarmes in the plaza under the Eiffel Tower.  These guys are everywhere, but are very subdued.

Gendarmes in the plaza under the Eiffel Tower. These guys are everywhere, but are very subdued.

 

How much do you want to bet these guys are LDS missionaries?

How much do you want to bet these guys are LDS missionaries?

 

 

 

Stopped at a sidewalk cafe for a glass of wine and a beer.

Stopped at a sidewalk cafe for a glass of wine and a beer.

 

Notice how close to the Palais de Chaillot we are.  As you might imagine, the prices reflected our proximity to the Eiffel Tower.

Notice how close to the Palais de Chaillot we are. As you might imagine, the prices reflected our proximity to the Eiffel Tower.

 

 

 

Typical French cafe customers - cigarettes and drink.

Typical French cafe customers - cigarettes and drink.

 

Guess who?

Guess who?

 

 

 

 

The Louvre itself (let alone its collections) is incredible inside!  The ceilings are gilt and painted and amazing.

The Louvre itself (let alone its collections) is incredible inside! The ceilings are gilt and painted and amazing.

 

 

 

The Coronation of Napolean - the famous painting, another version of which hangs at Versailles.

The Coronation of Napolean - the famous painting, another version of which hangs at Versailles.

 

 

Winged Victory

Winged Victory

 

The Raft of the Medusa by Theodore Gericault

The Raft of the Medusa by Theodore Gericault

La Mort de Sardanapale by Delacroix

La Mort de Sardanapale by Delacroix

The Death of the Virgin - Caravaggio
Caravaggio is my favorite artist.  When I walked into this wing of the Louvre, I literally cried.  All the Italian artists I studied in college were on display here.  I never in my life thought I'd get to see them in real life.  It was very emotional and overwhelming for me.

The Death of the Virgin - Caravaggio Caravaggio is my favorite artist. When I walked into this wing of the Louvre, I literally cried. All the Italian artists I studied in college were on display here. I never in my life thought I'd get to see them in real life. It was very emotional and overwhelming for me.

 

Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione by Raphael

Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione by Raphael

 

 

 

John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinco

John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinco

The Virgin of the Rocks, Leonardo da Vinci

The Virgin of the Rocks, Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

Maestà by Cimabue - Giotto's teacher and the first great artist of the Italian Renaissance.  This was painted in 1270 AD!

Maestà by Cimabue - Giotto's teacher and the first great artist of the Italian Renaissance. This was painted in 1270 AD!

The Coronation of the Virgin, Fra Angelico

The Coronation of the Virgin, Fra Angelico

The Crucifixion from the Atelier de Giotto (Studio of Giotto).  Painted by one of Giotto's students.

The Crucifixion from the Atelier de Giotto (Studio of Giotto). Painted by one of Giotto's students.

 

Painted Cross - Giotto (probably).  This could have been done by a student of Giotto's, but some historians attribute it to him.

Painted Cross - Giotto (probably). This could have been done by a student of Giotto's, but some historians attribute it to him.

Basically this says that this is by Giotto, or his studio, and that at the summit of the cross is the Pelican, the symbol of charity and resurrection; on the left of Christ is St. John the Evangelist, and to his right is the Virgin.  It goes on to say that such a monumental cross was suspended across a chapel or a church choir, above the altar.

Basically this says that this is by Giotto, or his studio, and that at the summit of the cross is the Pelican, the symbol of charity and resurrection; on the left of Christ is St. John the Evangelist, and to his right is the Virgin. It goes on to say that such a monumental cross was suspended across a chapel or a church choir, above the altar.

St. John Receiving the Stigmata - Giotto

St. John Receiving the Stigmata - Giotto

This says that, despite the presence of Giotto's signature, this work was often contested as being his.  Today, most specialists have reaffirmed him as the artist.

This says that, despite the presence of Giotto's signature, this work was often contested as being his. Today, most specialists have reaffirmed him as the artist.

Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels with St. Frediano and St. Augustine (The Barbadori Altarpiece) - Fra Filippo Lippi

Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels with St. Frediano and St. Augustine (The Barbadori Altarpiece) - Fra Filippo Lippi

 

" Portrait of a Man" and "The Virgin and Child" by Botticelli

" Portrait of a Man" and "The Virgin and Child" by Botticelli

 

The Virgin and Child - Botticelli

The Virgin and Child - Botticelli

 

The Virgin and Child with a young John the Baptist - Botticelli

The Virgin and Child with a young John the Baptist - Botticelli

 

 

 

Winged Victory

Winged Victory

One of the amazing, gilded wings of Le Musee du Louvre

One of the amazing, gilded wings of Le Musee du Louvre

 

 

Louis XIV portrait at The Louvre

Louis XIV portrait at The Louvre

Ceiling at The Louvre

Ceiling at The Louvre

 

Some of the Crown Jewels in The Louvre

Some of the Crown Jewels in The Louvre

 

 

This says this was the necklace and earrings of the Empress Marie-Louise presented to her at the time of their marriage by Napolean I.

This says this was the necklace and earrings of the Empress Marie-Louise presented to her at the time of their marriage by Napolean I.

These belonged to the daughter of Marie Antoinette

These belonged to the daughter of Marie Antoinette

Breathtaking!  These belonged to Queen Marie-Amélie

Breathtaking! These belonged to Queen Marie-Amélie

 

 

Crown belonging to Empress Eugénie

Crown belonging to Empress Eugénie

Crown belonging to Empress Eugénie

Crown belonging to Empress Eugénie

 

Hall filled with portraits of the kings and queens of France

Hall filled with portraits of the kings and queens of France

 

 

 

 

Falcon from 359 BC

Falcon from 359 BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profile of Ramses VI - 1126 BC

Profile of Ramses VI - 1126 BC

 

 

 

Part of the Egyptian wing of the Louvre

Part of the Egyptian wing of the Louvre

 

 

 

 

 

 

1350 BC

1350 BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This courtyard full of sculptures was so cool!

This courtyard full of sculptures was so cool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rembrandt - Bathsheba at her Bath

Rembrandt - Bathsheba at her Bath

 

Rembrandt self portraits

Rembrandt self portraits

 

 

 

 

 

Pan - 2nd Century BC

Pan - 2nd Century BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donatello - The Virgin and Infant

Donatello - The Virgin and Infant

 

 

 

Base of the Eiffel Tower

Base of the Eiffel Tower

Looking down at The Trocadero from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Looking down at The Trocadero from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Paris from the top of The Eiffel Tower

Paris from the top of The Eiffel Tower

 

Les Invalides from the top of The Eiffel Tower (the gold-domed building)

Les Invalides from the top of The Eiffel Tower (the gold-domed building)

Le Grand Palais from The Eiffel Tower

Le Grand Palais from The Eiffel Tower

The Seine, Le Grand Palais, The Tuileries, The Louvre from the top of The Eiffel Tower

The Seine, Le Grand Palais, The Tuileries, The Louvre from the top of The Eiffel Tower

Les Invalides on the right, Les Grand Palais on the left, The Louvre in the middle distance.

Les Invalides on the right, Les Grand Palais on the left, The Louvre in the middle distance.

The Louvre in the middle of the photo, zoomed from the top of the Eiffel Tower

The Louvre in the middle of the photo, zoomed from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Place de l'Etoile and the Arc du Triomphe

Place de l'Etoile and the Arc du Triomphe

Same shot as before, just not zoomed in.

Same shot as before, just not zoomed in.

 

The Pantheon is the domed buliding in the middle right.

The Pantheon is the domed buliding in the middle right.

 

Les Invalides and the Church of the Golden Dome

Les Invalides and the Church of the Golden Dome

 

 

 

This is such a beautiful city!

This is such a beautiful city!

 

 

 

 

On top of the Eiffel Tower

On top of the Eiffel Tower

Jonathan refuses to make a decent face when I'm taking his photo.

Jonathan refuses to make a decent face when I'm taking his photo.

Finally, a decent photo of Jonathan

Finally, a decent photo of Jonathan

The Siene from the Eiffel Tower.  I just love this view.

The Siene from the Eiffel Tower. I just love this view.

There was a soccer practice going on below us. It was fun to watch.

There was a soccer practice going on below us. It was fun to watch.

 

Closer look at that soccer practice.

Closer look at that soccer practice.

That's the Trocadero on the lower right. You can see that huge stage setup between the Palais and the fountain.

That's the Trocadero on the lower right. You can see that huge stage setup between the Palais and the fountain.

Canberra was the farthest point from the Eiffel Tower

Canberra was the farthest point from the Eiffel Tower

 

Basilica Sacre Coeur on Montmartre in the distance.

Basilica Sacre Coeur on Montmartre in the distance.

Same shot, not zoomed.

Same shot, not zoomed.

The gold dome is Les Invalides where Napolean is buried.

The gold dome is Les Invalides where Napolean is buried.

Another shot of Les Invalides without Jonathan's fingers.

Another shot of Les Invalides without Jonathan's fingers.

That bridge with the golden statues on it is Pont Alexandre III.  It is gorgeous at night.  The big long building behind the bridge is the Louvre.

That bridge with the golden statues on it is Pont Alexandre III. It is gorgeous at night. The big long building behind the bridge is the Louvre.

One of the flywheels on the Eiffel Tower's elevator.  The elevator system is the original system from 1890.

One of the flywheels on the Eiffel Tower's elevator. The elevator system is the original system from 1890.

 

The Arc de Triomphe.  I think we're at the second level (as opposed to being at the top)

The Arc de Triomphe. I think we're at the second level (as opposed to being at the top)

The Palais de Chaillot from the second level with La Defense in the distance

The Palais de Chaillot from the second level with La Defense in the distance

 

Les Invalides from the second level

Les Invalides from the second level

Proof I was actually there.

Proof I was actually there.

Les Invalides

Les Invalides

 

 

The guys walking in front of Les Invalides

The guys walking in front of Les Invalides

The view toward Pont Alexandre III

The view toward Pont Alexandre III

Gate into Les Invalides

Gate into Les Invalides

Pont Alexandre III with the Grand Palais on the left

Pont Alexandre III with the Grand Palais on the left

 

 

 

Les Invalides from Pont Alexandre III

Les Invalides from Pont Alexandre III

Walking across the bridge toward Le Grand Palais

Walking across the bridge toward Le Grand Palais

Such a gorgeous bridge!

Such a gorgeous bridge!

 

They were doing a photo shoot with this famous French model.

They were doing a photo shoot with this famous French model.

That's her with her hair swept to the side.  Didn't recognize her.

That's her with her hair swept to the side. Didn't recognize her.

 

Grand Palais

Grand Palais

The Obelisk at Place de la Concorde at one end of the Champs Elysees

The Obelisk at Place de la Concorde at one end of the Champs Elysees

Another view of the Place de la Concorde with the Jardin des Tuileries in the background

Another view of the Place de la Concorde with the Jardin des Tuileries in the background

One of the tunnels on the Champs Elysees like the one in which Princess Diana died.  The tunnel she died in is about 1.5 miles from here.

One of the tunnels on the Champs Elysees like the one in which Princess Diana died. The tunnel she died in is about 1.5 miles from here.

 

Gee, can you guess what street this is?  Champs Elysees looking toward the Arc de Triomphe.  Crazy traffic.

Gee, can you guess what street this is? Champs Elysees looking toward the Arc de Triomphe. Crazy traffic.

 

And turn in the opposite direction and, voila!  The Eiffel Tower!

And turn in the opposite direction and, voila! The Eiffel Tower!

Le Louvre from Les Jardin des Tuileries

Le Louvre from Les Jardin des Tuileries

 

 

Fountain in the Jardin des Tuileries at the Louvre

Fountain in the Jardin des Tuileries at the Louvre

 

 

 

Sculpture in the Tuileries garden

Sculpture in the Tuileries garden

 

 

 

 

Carrousel de Louvre

Carrousel de Louvre

 

Palais Garnier - The National Opera

Palais Garnier - The National Opera

 

The church in the distance is Ste Chappelle

The church in the distance is Ste Chappelle

Conciergerie and the Palais de Justice.  Basically, the Ile de Cite

Conciergerie and the Palais de Justice. Basically, the Ile de Cite

 

Walking along the Seine

Walking along the Seine

The wares to be had from the stalls that line both sides of the Seine

The wares to be had from the stalls that line both sides of the Seine

 

 

 

The Conciergerie - once a palace.  The place Marie Antoinette was imprisoned.

The Conciergerie - once a palace. The place Marie Antoinette was imprisoned.

A beautiful street along the Seine with all sorts of flower and garden shops

A beautiful street along the Seine with all sorts of flower and garden shops

 

Looking down the Seine toward the Eiffel Tower

Looking down the Seine toward the Eiffel Tower

 

 

 

 

In this square between streets was this "stand" selling birds of all kinds.

In this square between streets was this "stand" selling birds of all kinds.

A gazillion canaries!

A gazillion canaries!

Palais de Justice

Palais de Justice

 

Inside Notre Dame

Inside Notre Dame

 

 

 

 

Jonathan did this "where will the bear go next?" web page for his girlfriend.  He took photos of this bear (she calls him Jon the Bear) in various locations.  Here he is enjoying some wine in the rain in front of Les Invalides.

Jonathan did this "where will the bear go next?" web page for his girlfriend. He took photos of this bear (she calls him Jon the Bear) in various locations. Here he is enjoying some wine in the rain in front of Les Invalides.

 

We were waiting for dark to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle.  Paris really is lovely at night.

We were waiting for dark to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle. Paris really is lovely at night.

Pont Alexandre III at night.

Pont Alexandre III at night.

 

I stood in the little island in the middle of the street to get this photo of Les Invalides.

I stood in the little island in the middle of the street to get this photo of Les Invalides.

Inside a metro station.  They have THE BEST metro system ever!

Inside a metro station. They have THE BEST metro system ever!

 

Looking out the bedroom window of the apartment we stayed in.

Looking out the bedroom window of the apartment we stayed in.

Another view out the bedroom window.  Just a slice of Parisian life.

Another view out the bedroom window. Just a slice of Parisian life.

Bedroom

Bedroom

 

This is the "yard" of the next building.  The wire in the foreground is to keep pigeons off the window sill.

This is the "yard" of the next building. The wire in the foreground is to keep pigeons off the window sill.

Still looking out the bedroom window.

Still looking out the bedroom window.

Jonathan emailing or IMing his girlfriend from the apartment living room.

Jonathan emailing or IMing his girlfriend from the apartment living room.

The bathroom.  Small, but functional.

The bathroom. Small, but functional.

The kitchen.  Very small, but it worked out just fine for us.  I wouldn't want to LIVE in a place with a kitchen this small, but for a week long stay it was great.

The kitchen. Very small, but it worked out just fine for us. I wouldn't want to LIVE in a place with a kitchen this small, but for a week long stay it was great.

This is the view out the living room window.  They were redoing the plaster on the building, hence the scaffolding.  This window is on the opposite side of the apartment from the bedroom.  We actually enter through a doorway to the street in the building you see here, then walk through a sort of courtyard to the doorway to this building, then go up 3 flights of stairs to the apartment.

This is the view out the living room window. They were redoing the plaster on the building, hence the scaffolding. This window is on the opposite side of the apartment from the bedroom. We actually enter through a doorway to the street in the building you see here, then walk through a sort of courtyard to the doorway to this building, then go up 3 flights of stairs to the apartment.

Hmmmm... could this be the infamous Moulin Rouge?

Hmmmm... could this be the infamous Moulin Rouge?

The Bear listening to his iPod at Le Moulin Rouge.

The Bear listening to his iPod at Le Moulin Rouge.

 

 

 

 

The Moulin Rouge is surrounded by an interesting array of shops - note the sign under Palace Video.  It's an interesting neighborhood, and doesn't feel at all unsafe or creepy.  There are just a lot of sex shops all around.

The Moulin Rouge is surrounded by an interesting array of shops - note the sign under Palace Video. It's an interesting neighborhood, and doesn't feel at all unsafe or creepy. There are just a lot of sex shops all around.

Inside Le Moulin Rouge

Inside Le Moulin Rouge

This is the foyer of the Moulin Rouge

This is the foyer of the Moulin Rouge

 

 

 

The "unique" neighborhood surrounding the Moulin Rouge

The "unique" neighborhood surrounding the Moulin Rouge

One of the tamer shop windows. You can see Jonathan in the reflection.

One of the tamer shop windows. You can see Jonathan in the reflection.

I love that there was this neat little park right in the middle of two streets.  All sorts of people were just sitting, enjoying the day.

I love that there was this neat little park right in the middle of two streets. All sorts of people were just sitting, enjoying the day.

Famous Pigalle

Famous Pigalle

Road leading to Sacre Coeur

Road leading to Sacre Coeur

Zoomed in shot of Sacre Coeur

Zoomed in shot of Sacre Coeur

Unzoomed

Unzoomed

 

It is a gorgeous building in person - much more beautiful than photos can depict.

It is a gorgeous building in person - much more beautiful than photos can depict.

The guys resting before the climb

The guys resting before the climb

 

The Bear at the foot of Montmartre

The Bear at the foot of Montmartre

 

 

 

 

 

The view of Paris from the first "landing" leading to the church

The view of Paris from the first "landing" leading to the church

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice the "statue"?

Notice the "statue"?

 

You weren't supposed to take photos inside the church.  There was a guy at the entrance admonishing people who ignored the sign.  I had to be very sneaky.  Fortunately, my camera has a no flash high sensitivity mode, so I got away with a few shots.

You weren't supposed to take photos inside the church. There was a guy at the entrance admonishing people who ignored the sign. I had to be very sneaky. Fortunately, my camera has a no flash high sensitivity mode, so I got away with a few shots.

 

Tom was blocking the guy from seeing me taking this shot.  :)

Tom was blocking the guy from seeing me taking this shot. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

I just liked this building.

I just liked this building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Jonathan stayed in for first four weeks in Paris.

Hotel Jonathan stayed in for first four weeks in Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Smart cars are everywhere! Notice how close the guy behind him is parked?  Usually, there is a car in front parked equally as close!

These Smart cars are everywhere! Notice how close the guy behind him is parked? Usually, there is a car in front parked equally as close!

Just a typical Parisian street corner.

Just a typical Parisian street corner.

Stopping to have an espresso, maybe a beer, and take in Parisian life.

Stopping to have an espresso, maybe a beer, and take in Parisian life.

Jon the Bear enjoying a beer

Jon the Bear enjoying a beer

 

 

Nachos at the Hard Rock, Paris

Nachos at the Hard Rock, Paris

 

 

 

The Bear taking a ride on the Metro

The Bear taking a ride on the Metro

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Paris Photos, Part 2

Cool roadside market on the way to Notre Dame

Cool roadside market on the way to Notre Dame

Jonathan was intrigued with the birds at this stand.

Jonathan was intrigued with the birds at this stand.

I've never seen so many canaries.

I've never seen so many canaries.

Palais du Justice, Paris, France

Palais du Justice, Paris, France

Palais de Justice

Palais de Justice

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Inside Notre Dame.  The only thing that bugged me was that you have to pay to light a candle there.

Inside Notre Dame. The only thing that bugged me was that you have to pay to light a candle there.

 

Notre Dame has some amazing stained glass windows.

Notre Dame has some amazing stained glass windows.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the famous rosette windows.

One of the famous rosette windows.

 

 

Check out the windows.  You really can't capture the in pictures.

Check out the windows. You really can't capture the in pictures.

 

 

South Rose Window.  The South Rose Window was a gift from the king Saint Louis. It was designed by Jean de Chelles and Pierre de Montreuil. The Cathedral’s first construction master, Jean de Chelles, laid the first stone of the south transept façade in 1258. The South Rose Window, a central element that thrones over the transept façade, was constructed in 1260 as a counterpoint to the North Rose Window, which was built in 1250. Like its north sister, the South Rose Window reached 12.90 metres in diameter and, if you include its bay, a total height of nearly 19 metres.

South Rose Window. The South Rose Window was a gift from the king Saint Louis. It was designed by Jean de Chelles and Pierre de Montreuil. The Cathedral’s first construction master, Jean de Chelles, laid the first stone of the south transept façade in 1258. The South Rose Window, a central element that thrones over the transept façade, was constructed in 1260 as a counterpoint to the North Rose Window, which was built in 1250. Like its north sister, the South Rose Window reached 12.90 metres in diameter and, if you include its bay, a total height of nearly 19 metres.

Sanctuary of Notre Dame

Sanctuary of Notre Dame

Organ in Notre Dame

Organ in Notre Dame

 

 

 

Nave and Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Paris

Nave and Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Paris

Altar of Notre Dame de Paris

Altar of Notre Dame de Paris

Altar and Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Paris

Altar and Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Paris

Nave of Notre Dame de Paris

Nave of Notre Dame de Paris

 

The bear having some wine in the rain in front of Les Invalides.

The bear having some wine in the rain in front of Les Invalides.

Another shot of the bear in front of Les Invalides.

Another shot of the bear in front of Les Invalides.

Jonathan and the bear in front of Les Invalides

Jonathan and the bear in front of Les Invalides

The Eiffel Tower at dusk, lights twinkling, from lawn in front of Les Invalides.

The Eiffel Tower at dusk, lights twinkling, from lawn in front of Les Invalides.

Les Invalides at night from the Esplanade des Invalides.

Les Invalides at night from the Esplanade des Invalides.

Looking down the Esplanade des Invalides in the opposite direction.  The bridge is the Pont Alexandre III.  The glass-topped building is the Grand Palais.

Looking down the Esplanade des Invalides in the opposite direction. The bridge is the Pont Alexandre III. The glass-topped building is the Grand Palais.

I walked out into the middle of the street to a little pedestrian island to take this photo.

I walked out into the middle of the street to a little pedestrian island to take this photo.

From the same little pedestrian island in the middle of the Esplanade des Invalides.  I needed to have something to stabilize my arm so I could take a nighttime shot that wasn't blurry.

From the same little pedestrian island in the middle of the Esplanade des Invalides. I needed to have something to stabilize my arm so I could take a nighttime shot that wasn't blurry.

Metro station

Metro station

 

View out our apartment bedroom window.

View out our apartment bedroom window.

Leaned out the window a bit to take this shot.  The wire in the foreground is to keep the pigeons from roosting on the window sill.  There are a LOT of pigeons.

Leaned out the window a bit to take this shot. The wire in the foreground is to keep the pigeons from roosting on the window sill. There are a LOT of pigeons.

Our bedroom.

Our bedroom.

Another shot out the bedroom window.  The apartment building in the distance looks really nice.

Another shot out the bedroom window. The apartment building in the distance looks really nice.

Looking down and to the left of our apartment into someone's yard.

Looking down and to the left of our apartment into someone's yard.

The scene behind and to the left of our apartment

The scene behind and to the left of our apartment

The living room in the apartment.  Jonathan slept on the couch, which was a sofa bed.  He spent pretty much all his time on my laptop.

The living room in the apartment. Jonathan slept on the couch, which was a sofa bed. He spent pretty much all his time on my laptop.

The bathroom - small, but functional.

The bathroom - small, but functional.

The small but very functional kitchen. I made breakfast each morning in here, and had plenty of room to do so.

The small but very functional kitchen. I made breakfast each morning in here, and had plenty of room to do so.

The view out the living room window.  The building sits behind a building that is on the street, in a little courtyard sort of.  Virtually every street is like that - a commercial/retail building on the street, and then an apartment building behind it.  They were replastering the building, hence the scaffolding and mess in this shot.

The view out the living room window. The building sits behind a building that is on the street, in a little courtyard sort of. Virtually every street is like that - a commercial/retail building on the street, and then an apartment building behind it. They were replastering the building, hence the scaffolding and mess in this shot.

I'm sure a caption is unnecessary.  Le Moulin Rouge, of course (The Red Windmill)

I'm sure a caption is unnecessary. Le Moulin Rouge, of course (The Red Windmill)

The bear again.  This time he's listening to his iPod outside the Moulin Rouge

The bear again. This time he's listening to his iPod outside the Moulin Rouge

 

 

 

 

I love the architecture in Paris.  This was an interesting area - sex shops mixed with upscale apartments and sidewalk cafes.  This is across from The Moulin Rouge.

I love the architecture in Paris. This was an interesting area - sex shops mixed with upscale apartments and sidewalk cafes. This is across from The Moulin Rouge.

Inside the entrance to The Moulin Rouge

Inside the entrance to The Moulin Rouge

Tom and Jonathan in the foyer of The Mouline Rouge

Tom and Jonathan in the foyer of The Mouline Rouge

Art in the foyer of The Moulin Rouge

Art in the foyer of The Moulin Rouge

Well, I tried to get this info in a photo so I could translate it later.  Too bad it's blurry.

Well, I tried to get this info in a photo so I could translate it later. Too bad it's blurry.

The entry of The Moulin Rouge

The entry of The Moulin Rouge

Walking down the Boulevard de Clichy in the Moulin Rouge neighborhood.

Walking down the Boulevard de Clichy in the Moulin Rouge neighborhood.

Interesting store window on the Boulevard de Clichy

Interesting store window on the Boulevard de Clichy

I love that there are these mini parks between the lanes in many parts of Paris.

I love that there are these mini parks between the lanes in many parts of Paris.

Pigalle

Pigalle

Street leading to Sacre Coeur - Rue Steinkerque.  Cool street with all sorts of little shops. Of course, these shops are just tourist traps, but they're fun to walk through.

Street leading to Sacre Coeur - Rue Steinkerque. Cool street with all sorts of little shops. Of course, these shops are just tourist traps, but they're fun to walk through.

Our first view of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. It is a spectacular building in a spectacular setting.

Our first view of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. It is a spectacular building in a spectacular setting.

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

It is a LONG way up to the entrance of the cathredal.  Look at how small the people are, and I'm zoomed in.

It is a LONG way up to the entrance of the cathredal. Look at how small the people are, and I'm zoomed in.

What a beautiful church!

What a beautiful church!

Jonathan just HAS to make a face.

Jonathan just HAS to make a face.

Finally, a decent smile, sort of.

Finally, a decent smile, sort of.

The Bear visiting Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

The Bear visiting Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

The Bear wanted a good shot of himself at Sacre-Coeur

The Bear wanted a good shot of himself at Sacre-Coeur

 

 

 

Fountains at the first plateau on the way to the entrance to the cathedral.

Fountains at the first plateau on the way to the entrance to the cathedral.

Shot of Paris from that first plateau.

Shot of Paris from that first plateau.

 

 

 

 

The Eiffel Tower is way to the right.

The Eiffel Tower is way to the right.

 

That white statue?  Not a statue.  In the background is the funicular station for those who don't want to, or can't, climb the stairs.

That white statue? Not a statue. In the background is the funicular station for those who don't want to, or can't, climb the stairs.

 

They were VERY strict about taking photos inside, so I had to be very surreptitious.  My camera does GREAT indoor shots with no flash, and without having to put it up to your eye.

They were VERY strict about taking photos inside, so I had to be very surreptitious. My camera does GREAT indoor shots with no flash, and without having to put it up to your eye.

Gorgeous mosaics in the dome.

Gorgeous mosaics in the dome.

There was a guy watching people like a hawk so they didn't take photos.  I had Tom stand between him and me, and kept my camera really low.  Viola!

There was a guy watching people like a hawk so they didn't take photos. I had Tom stand between him and me, and kept my camera really low. Viola!

Stunning!

Stunning!

This building is amazing.

This building is amazing.

 

 

 

Off to the left of the church (my left looking at it) is this side street and little park.  I found the architecture interesting, and the scene just very inviting.

Off to the left of the church (my left looking at it) is this side street and little park. I found the architecture interesting, and the scene just very inviting.

 

The Eiffel Tower captured between the boughs of a tree in the park on Montmartre.

The Eiffel Tower captured between the boughs of a tree in the park on Montmartre.

A clearer shot of the Eiffel Tower from Sacre Coeur.  I've zoomed in.

A clearer shot of the Eiffel Tower from Sacre Coeur. I've zoomed in.

Same shot, unzoomed.

Same shot, unzoomed.

Shot between tree branches, unzoomed.

Shot between tree branches, unzoomed.

 

 

Tympanum above main entrance to Sacre Coeur.

Tympanum above main entrance to Sacre Coeur.

Back down from the cathedral and along the street in front of the Moulin Rouge.

Back down from the cathedral and along the street in front of the Moulin Rouge.

Porte St-Denis in the Opera/Grands Boulevards district. Situated along the Boulevard St-Denis, this is one of two arches. Not as grandiose as the Arc de Triomphe, but triumphant nonetheless, Paris's second-largest arch (76 feet) was erected by François Blondel in 1672 to celebrate the victories of Ludovico Magno (as Louis XIV is here styled) on the Rhine. The bas-reliefs by François Girardon include campaign scenes and trophies stacked on shallow pyramids. The arch faces rue St-Denis, formerly the royal processional route into Paris from the north. Last used as such a route by Queen Victoria in 1855, it's now known primarily for its sidewalk queens of the night.

Porte St-Denis in the Opera/Grands Boulevards district. Situated along the Boulevard St-Denis, this is one of two arches. Not as grandiose as the Arc de Triomphe, but triumphant nonetheless, Paris's second-largest arch (76 feet) was erected by François Blondel in 1672 to celebrate the victories of Ludovico Magno (as Louis XIV is here styled) on the Rhine. The bas-reliefs by François Girardon include campaign scenes and trophies stacked on shallow pyramids. The arch faces rue St-Denis, formerly the royal processional route into Paris from the north. Last used as such a route by Queen Victoria in 1855, it's now known primarily for its sidewalk queens of the night.

Jonathan shared a story of how this plaza near the Porte St-Denis was filled with ten times this many pigeons one day when he was here in May 2007.  He and two of his classmates were walking here, when one of them stomped on the ground.  The flock of pigeons engulfed them, reminiscent of "The Birds".

Jonathan shared a story of how this plaza near the Porte St-Denis was filled with ten times this many pigeons one day when he was here in May 2007. He and two of his classmates were walking here, when one of them stomped on the ground. The flock of pigeons engulfed them, reminiscent of "The Birds".

 

This is where Jonathan and his fellow France Study Program classmates stayed for several weeks while in France.

This is where Jonathan and his fellow France Study Program classmates stayed for several weeks while in France.

The place on the right is where they ate their dinner. Sadly, it was no longer in business, so Jonathan didn't get to visit the owners, of whom he had grown quite fond.

The place on the right is where they ate their dinner. Sadly, it was no longer in business, so Jonathan didn't get to visit the owners, of whom he had grown quite fond.

There is a story about these posts.  One of his classmates ripped his one and only pair of pants as he hopped over one of them.

There is a story about these posts. One of his classmates ripped his one and only pair of pants as he hopped over one of them.

 

See the FedEx van?  They're everywhere.

See the FedEx van? They're everywhere.

 

Couture wedding gowns.

Couture wedding gowns.

 

Usually, you'd see a car parked right up against the bumper of the Smart Car too.  I don't know how people get in and out of parking spaces.

Usually, you'd see a car parked right up against the bumper of the Smart Car too. I don't know how people get in and out of parking spaces.

Gilbert Jeune is like a Borders. They're everywhere.

Gilbert Jeune is like a Borders. They're everywhere.

Jonathan, Tom, and The Bear at a sidewalk cafe.

Jonathan, Tom, and The Bear at a sidewalk cafe.

The Bear having a beer at a sidewalk cafe. Looks like his beer and our wine cost about 19 euros.

The Bear having a beer at a sidewalk cafe. Looks like his beer and our wine cost about 19 euros.

 

 

Hard Rock Cafe Paris - Beer, Nachos, what more could you a bear want?

Hard Rock Cafe Paris - Beer, Nachos, what more could you a bear want?

 

 

We had a craving for "American" food (well, TOM had a craving for American food).  Jonathan remembered that the Hard Rock Cafe was nearby (we were in the Opera/Grands Boulevards district where he lived for several weeks). Our waiter spoke perfect English, so we figured he was American.  Turns out he was French, with an American mom, so he spends 2 months each summer in the US. He had NO accent.

We had a craving for "American" food (well, TOM had a craving for American food). Jonathan remembered that the Hard Rock Cafe was nearby (we were in the Opera/Grands Boulevards district where he lived for several weeks). Our waiter spoke perfect English, so we figured he was American. Turns out he was French, with an American mom, so he spends 2 months each summer in the US. He had NO accent.

The Bear on the Metro.

The Bear on the Metro.

The Bear on the Metro.

The Bear on the Metro.

The Bear on the escalator in a metro station

The Bear on the escalator in a metro station

The Bear sleeping in the apartment.

The Bear sleeping in the apartment.

 

Snuggled in for the night.

Snuggled in for the night.

 

The Bear checking out MySpace while chatting on his cell phone.

The Bear checking out MySpace while chatting on his cell phone.

 

Scenery around The Louvre

Scenery around The Louvre

 

Parisian architecture

Parisian architecture

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel at The Louvre

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel at The Louvre

One of the wings of The Louvre.  The place is MASSIVE!

One of the wings of The Louvre. The place is MASSIVE!

Walking toward The Louvre from Les Jardins de Tuileries

Walking toward The Louvre from Les Jardins de Tuileries

I love this place!

I love this place!

The Arc, the pyramid, the main part of The Louvre, and some random people

The Arc, the pyramid, the main part of The Louvre, and some random people

Random tourists at The Louvre

Random tourists at The Louvre

The Opera

The Opera

The Opera.  This is as close as I got. :(

The Opera. This is as close as I got. 🙁

Pont Neuf and the Île de la Cité

Pont Neuf and the Île de la Cité

Sainte-Chappelle

Sainte-Chappelle

 

Pont Neuf and the Île de la Cité

Pont Neuf and the Île de la Cité

Conciergerie, Île de la Cité

Conciergerie, Île de la Cité

 

One of the stands along the Siene

One of the stands along the Siene

I can't help but wonder where they get this stuff!

I can't help but wonder where they get this stuff!

There is an 8 year waiting list for one of these stalls.

There is an 8 year waiting list for one of these stalls.

Île de la Cité

Île de la Cité

The Conciergerie - where Marie Antoinette was held

The Conciergerie - where Marie Antoinette was held

Another cool market right along the Siene

Another cool market right along the Siene

 

The Eiffel Tower in the distance

The Eiffel Tower in the distance

Conciergerie, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre on the right in the distance (you can see its roof)

Conciergerie, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre on the right in the distance (you can see its roof)

 

Isn't that gorgeous?  Look at all those flowers!

Isn't that gorgeous? Look at all those flowers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde

 

 

 

 

One of the tunnels that goes under the Champs-Elysees similar to the one Princess Diana died in.

One of the tunnels that goes under the Champs-Elysees similar to the one Princess Diana died in.

 

 

 

 

The Obelisk

The Obelisk

 

 

Place de la Concorde - looking down the Champs-Elysees toward the Arc de Triomphe

Place de la Concorde - looking down the Champs-Elysees toward the Arc de Triomphe

Entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries

Entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries

Place de la Concorde - Eiffel Tower in the distance, Obelisk on the right.

Place de la Concorde - Eiffel Tower in the distance, Obelisk on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching kids play with sailboats in the fountain at The Louvre

Watching kids play with sailboats in the fountain at The Louvre

 

 

The Louvre

The Louvre

Walking toward the Louvre from the Tuileries

Walking toward the Louvre from the Tuileries

Between the Tuileries and the Louvre, looking toward The Obelisk

Between the Tuileries and the Louvre, looking toward The Obelisk

Sculpture in the Tuileries garden at the Louvre

Sculpture in the Tuileries garden at the Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre, between the Tuileries and the Museum

The Louvre, between the Tuileries and the Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

The Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

 

We just found this couple's height different amusing.

We just found this couple's height different amusing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Family in Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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