Our second day in Paris dawned still grey but dry… So we headed off to the bus station and caught a bus to the Champs Elysees!
On our stroll we saw;
…the Thai Embassy…
…The Alsace Cafe…
…and the Louis Vuitton store.
We finally came within view of the Arc de Triomphe.
I honestly don’t think I could see this sight too many times. I think I’ll always be amazed.
And I do believe that Lynne agrees with me!
I stood there like this for a few minutes while Lynne adjusted her camera. See those guys in that van just over my right shoulder? By the time the picture was taken they were pulling up on my left… Talk about cat calls… Apparently construction workers are the same in any country and in any language.
After we took the pictures from across the street we took the subterranean passageway and came up under the Arc de Triomphe.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier interred here in 1920. It has the first eternal flame lit in western Europe since the Vestal Virgins’ fire was extinguished in the year 391. It is lit in memory of the unknown dead from both World Wars.
The sword carried by the Republic in the Marseillaise (bellow) broke off on the day the Battle of Verdun began in 1916. It was immediately covered up with tarpaulins to conceal the accident and avoid any ominous interpretations by the people.
Lynne and I had a discussion while we were exploring… Can you imagine anyone building anything with this kind of detail in our modern times? It would cost too much, take too long, and be impractical… The past should be appreciated.
Once we were done looking around the monument we climbed the stairs into the museum.
Cast of the head of a figure from François Rude’s sculpture “La Marseillaise”
The museum has been renovated in the last few months for the first time since the 1930’s and it was an awesome sight!
Once we finished with the museum we went out onto the observation deck to look out over the the Place de l’Etoile or Star Square.
12 streets radiate out from the Arc de Triomphe creating a large star.
The Eiffel Tower of course!
One of the city blocks that rests between two of the twelve streets of the circle.
A city view.
At one point I turned around from the view and saw this! I thought to myself, “What an awesome shot for a photographer to have of herself!”
So she got one…
And so did I!
After we had frozen all of our fingers and toes off at the top of the Arc de Triomphe we caught a Metro and headed for the Louvre.
We didn’t have time to go in but in the tunnel leading to the courtyard we got a view of one of the statue rooms.
As we turned to walk into the courtyard we saw this and Lynne couldn’t resist having a picture of it.
The sheer size of this building is impressive!
Especially when you consider that the museum covers almost the whole thing… four stories worth!
Ah the joys of going to Paris with someone with great equipment! This is what a telephoto lens is for!
The old and the new… together…
Me with the pyramid…
This is a statue of Louis the 14th.
After our exploration of The Louvre we got back on the Metro and headed for the Île de la Cité, and the Notre Dame.
But I’ll save that story and those pictures for another day.