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Eiffel Tower Revisited

The prior pictures of the Eiffel Tower were from a night-time excursion. The line for tickets was wrapped around the entire plaza quadrant where the ticket office was. The expected wait for tickets was about two hours. It was raining so we didn’t want to wait. So we tried coming back to buy tickets during the day, … Continue reading »

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Problem with Laptop Delays Uploading of Pictures

Sorry for the delay in uploading any more pictures. After our trip to Versailles on Tuesday, I was unable to transfer any more pictures to my laptop because I ran out of hard drive space. (I took close to 600 pictures at Versailles). There was really nothing I could uninstall or delete, so I had to … Continue reading »

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Pere Lachaise Cemetery—Pilgrimage to Jim Morrison’s Grave Site

We arrived just before dusk and had barely enough time to find Jim and get out before the ghouls and goblins got us. Spooky place, especially with overcast skies and naked trees. Jim Morrison’s grave is a bit of a letdown—compared to some of the other crypts and memorials it’s rather small and plain, not … Continue reading »

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Musee d’Orsay

This former train station houses a fantastic collection of impressionist paintings including works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Whistler, and Van Gogh. Regrettably, they don’t allow any photography. I did, however, get a good shot of the Montmartre hilltop in the distance. You can see the Basilica of Sacre Coeur perched on top. Click on … Continue reading »

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Italian Masters, including Da Vinci’s La Jocande (Mona Lisa)

This is probably the top collection in the museum for good reason. It includes arguably the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. Not that you get to see it so well. They keep it behind glass about 15-20 feet high on the wall. Click on any thumbnail to see the full-size picture, … Continue reading »

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Roman Sculpture

A couple of naked dudes. And some Roman gods. And some sarcophagi. Click on any thumbnail to see the full-size picture, then use your browser’s Back button to return to this page.

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Louvre

We arrived at the Louvre this morning with the line to buy tickets stretched all the way round the inner courtryard. The wait was over an hour, but thankfully there was no rain. People who buy tickets beforehand can bypass the line and cut ahead. Needless to say, when we made it inside we purchased a … Continue reading »

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Notre Dame

We only made one sightseeing excursion on the first day, to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. It is celebrating its 85oth anniversary this year! They were actaully conducting a mass when we were there, and we got to hear a beautiful singer. As we were leaving the building, we couldn’t understand why the crowds were … Continue reading »

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First Parisian Lunch

We had our first lunch at the Brasserie O Beret Basque about a block from our room. Shannon had a Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese with the cheese melted and browned on top of the sandwich). I had duck foie gras with Brioche toast and a succulent duck leg confit with slices of potato that were … Continue reading »

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We Made It!

We found out at the last minute that all flights from Columbus to New York had been cancelled due to the chaos caused by the huricane. Luckily I was able to book a flight to Chicago with a connection to Newark that got us to our Paris flight in time. Here are a few pictures of … Continue reading »

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