|Salut. Je suis enchanté de vous rencontrer.|
We stayed in a friend's lovely apartment the posh 16th arrondissement, and for the first part of the trip, we were joined by our good friends Linda and Dave. The itinerary planning and logistics had been left in my hands, and I confess that I was overzealous in my sightseeing goals. I found that Paris infused me with boundless energy, while my traveling companions were more happy to slowly soak in the sights. I am just relieved that after several hectic days together, we are all still friends and that Ken and I are still married.
Here are some photos to whet your appetite for a series of posts I am calling, "Away to Visit Paris."
|The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned |
to honor those who fought for France
in the Napoleonic Wars.
|La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre|
|Bust of Napoléon Bonaparte by Charles-Louis |
Corbet,at the Musée Carnavalet
|The cosmetic counters at the 102-year-old |
department store, Galeries Layfayette
|A lamppost at Paris's City Hall, or Hôtel de Ville|
|Ken shares a laugh with notre bon ami Dave.|
|Love locks on the Seine|
|The quiet side of Cathédrale Notre-Dame. |
Simultaneously, there were thousands of
tourists in front of the church.
|Not everyone is crazy about the ceiling of the |
Palais Garnier Opera House, painted by Marc Chagall.
I'm on Team Marc.
|Sunny day at the Centre Pompidou|
|Among the dozens of photos I took of the Tour Eiffel, |
this is my favorite.
|A statue of scientist Blaise Pascal stands |
at the base of the Tour Saint-Jacques.
Pascal experimented with atmospheric
pressure, and thus, a meteorological
lab is installed at the top of the tower.
|The Vel d'Hiv monument is dedicated to the Jewish |
deportees who were rounded up by Paris police
in July 1942, events depicted in the book,
|Our dear British friends, Linda and Dave|