Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe

This angle view gives you a good idea of how very big this moment is. The official name is the The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile. Beneath the arch is is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Interred on Armistice Day 1920,[15] it has the first eternal flame lit in Western and Eastern Europe since the Vestal Virgins' fire was extinguished in the fourth century.
This angle view gives you a good idea of the size of this moment. The official name is the The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile. Beneath the arch is is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Interred on Armistice Day 1920, it has the first eternal flame lit in Western and Eastern Europe since the Vestal Virgins’ fire was extinguished in the fourth century.
The famous Champs Elysee is about 2km in length. It runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, which you can just see in the far distance.
The famous Champs Elysee is about 2km in length. It runs between the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle, which you can just see in the far distance.
On the Champs Elysee, heading toward the Arc de Triomphe. Following its construction, the Arc de Triomphe became the rallying point of French troops parading after successful military campaigns and for the annual Bastille Day Military Parade. I arrived in Paris the day after this parade and the flags were still flying.   Famous victory marches around or under the Arc have included the Germans in 1871, the French in 1919, the Germans in 1940, and the French and Allies in 1944 and 1945.
On the Champs Elysee, heading toward the Arc de Triomphe. Following its construction, the Arc de Triomphe became the rallying point of French troops parading after successful military campaigns and for the annual Bastille Day Military Parade. I arrived in Paris the day after this parade and the flags were still flying.
Famous victory marches around or under the Arc have included the Germans in 1871, the French in 1919, the Germans in 1940, and the French and Allies in 1944 and 1945.
The monument stands 50 metres (164 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. It was the tallest triumphal arch in existence until the completion of the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City in 1938.
The monument stands 50 metres (164 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. It was the tallest triumphal arch in existence until the completion of the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City in 1938.
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.
The Arc de Triomphe honors those who died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. The names of all French victories and generals are inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.
A side view. The Arc is located in a huge round about at the end of the Champs Elysee. It is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle.
A side view. The Arc is located in a huge round about at the end of the Champs Elysee. It is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle.

A boat trip down the Seine

This was just a two hour trip, with a light sandwich and drink, but it was one of the highlights of my trip to Paris.

The boat left from just below the Eiffel Tower.
The boat left from just below the Eiffel Tower.
Paris is for lovers! Wedding pictures near the boat port.
Paris is for lovers! Wedding pictures near the boat port.
There were surprisingly few street performers in Paris. I expected to see many. But there was this human statue.
There were surprisingly few street performers in Paris. I expected to see many. But there was this human statue.
The dinner cruise started at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on the Seine, one of the great rivers of the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seine
The dinner cruise started at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on the Seine, one of the great rivers of the world.
"While it's common knowledge that the Notre Dame Cathedral is the technical epicenter of Paris, the real essence of the city is captured by the river Seine." http://www.aparisguide.com/seine/
“While it’s common knowledge that the Notre Dame Cathedral is the technical epicenter of Paris, the real essence of the city is captured by the river Seine.” A Paris Guide
The trick is to remember when you face DOWNRIVER the left bank is on your left and the right bank is on your right. If you can't tell left from right at this point you should not be traveling alone! This is the Alexander III Bridge.
The trick is to remember when you face DOWNRIVER the left bank is on your left and the right bank is on your right. If you can’t tell left from right at this point you should not be traveling alone! This is the Alexander III Bridge.
Detail, Alexander III Bridge (Pont Alexandre III)  It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The bridge is the most ornate in Paris. It is classified as a French Monument historique in The Beaux-Arts style.  It is named after Tsar Alexander III. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896.
Detail, Alexander III Bridge (Pont Alexandre III) It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The bridge is the most ornate in Paris. It is classified as a French Monument historique in The Beaux-Arts style. It is named after Tsar Alexander III. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896.
The Luxor Obelisk marks the center of the Place de la Concorde, where so many were guillotined during The Revolution. The obelisk is over 3,000 years old and was originally situated outside of Luxor Temple, where its twin remains. It first arrived in Paris in 1833, a gift of Muhammed Ali, Khedive of Egypt (NOT the Boxer!).   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxor_Obelisk
The Luxor Obelisk marks the center of the Place de la Concorde, where so many were guillotined during The Revolution. The obelisk is over 3,000 years old and was originally situated outside of Luxor Temple, where its twin remains. It first arrived in Paris in 1833, a gift of Muhammed Ali, Khedive of Egypt (NOT the Boxer!).
The Musée d'Orsay now houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. The building originally was a railway station built between 1898 and 1900, the Gare d'Orsay.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_d%27Orsay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gare_d%27Orsay
The Musée d’Orsay houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. The building originally was a railway station built between 1898 and 1900, the Gare d’Orsay.
Sitting on the left bank.
Sitting on the left bank.
The Louvre.
The Louvre.
There are estimated to be 37 bridges in Paris that span the Seine. The Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge. It links the Institut de France (where they decided what is and is NOT French!) and the central square (cour carrée) of the Palais du Louvre.  Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks (love locks) with their first names written or engraved on them to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture.[3] This gesture is said to represent a couple's committed love. The locks are cut off periodically by police.
There are estimated to be 37 bridges in Paris that span the Seine. The Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge. It links the Institut de France (where they decided what is and is NOT French!) and the central square (cour carrée) of the Palais du Louvre.
Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks (love locks) with their first names written or engraved on them to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture.[3] This gesture is said to represent a couple’s committed love. The locks are cut off periodically by police.
On this island in the middle of the Seine, is the Notre Dame Cathedral and is accessed by the Pont Neuf.
On this island in the middle of the Seine, is the Notre Dame Cathedral and is accessed by the Pont Neuf.
The Oldest bridge is the Pont Neuf which has been immortalized by artists and poets and even 20th century films.
The Oldest bridge is the Pont Neuf which has been immortalized by artists and poets and even 20th century films.
...and someone seems to be living there.
…and someone seems to be living there.
Notre Dame.
Notre Dame.
Another bridge, another million locks.
Another bridge, another million locks.
Notre Dame's famous flying buttress'.
Notre Dame’s famous flying buttresses.
Paris is for lovers.
Paris is for lovers.
...and we turn around and sail back to where we started.
…and we turn around and sail back to where we started.

Les Invalides and the mausoleum of Napoleon, Paris

The front of Les Invalides is pretty impressive. There's a line of cannons and a moat. I'm told some soldiers still live there.  Because of its location and significance, the Invalides served as the scene for several key events in French history. On 14 July 1789 it was stormed by Parisian rioters who seized the cannons and muskets stored in its cellars to use against the Bastille later the same day.
The front of Les Invalides is pretty impressive. There’s a line of cannons and a moat. I’m told some soldiers still live there.
Because of its location and significance, the Invalides served as the scene for several key events in French history. On 14 July 1789 it was stormed by Parisian rioters who seized the cannons and muskets stored in its cellars to use against the Bastille later the same day.

This was three blocks from our hotel in Paris. It’s officially known as L’Hôtel national des Invalides and is now a military and armaments museum. It is also the burial site for some of France’s war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte.

The building was constructed by order of Louis XIV in 1670 as a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers. He later added a chapel for the veterans and one for himself. The stunning private royal chapel has a gleaming gold dome (Église du Dôme) inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  It is one of the triumphs of French Baroque architecture.

Inside the museum:

How did the horse carry a man and all that armor?
How did the horse carry a man and all that armor?
There were weapons and battle dress from many countries and time periods. These were Asian.
There were weapons and battle dress from many countries and time periods. These were Asian.
This is an Oliphant--an ornate horn made from an elephant tusk.
This is an Oliphant–an ornate horn made from an elephant tusk.

Hotel des Invalides & Napoleon tomb, Paris, July 2015, 129And The Dome:

This is The Dome. Huge and impressive. In the center are the remains of Napoleon.
This is The Dome. Huge and impressive. In the center are the remains of Napoleon.
The dome, from inside. The interior of the dome (107 meter high) was painted by Le Brun's in the Baroque style. The painting was completed in 1705.
The dome, from inside. The interior of the dome (107 meter high) was painted by Le Brun’s in the Baroque style. The painting was completed in 1705.
Many important French military figures are interred here, such as Ferdinand Foch (1851–1929), Marshal of France, Allied Supreme Commander in the First World War.   There are also at least 9 hearts kept here, while the rest of the bodies are somewhere else.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_Foch
Many important French military figures are interred here, such as Ferdinand Foch (1851–1929), Marshal of France, Allied Supreme Commander in the First World War.
There are also at least 9 hearts kept here, while the rest of the bodies are somewhere else. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_Foch
And there's Napoleon!  Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821). Napoleon was initially interred on Saint Helena, but King Louis-Philippe arranged for his remains to be brought to France in 1840, an event known as le retour des cendres. Napoléon's remains were first buried in the Chapelle Saint-Jérôme in the Invalides until his final resting place, a tomb made of red quartzite and resting on a green granite base, was finished in 1861.
And there’s Napoleon! Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821). Napoleon was initially interred on Saint Helena, but King Louis-Philippe arranged for his remains to be brought to France in 1840, an event known as le retour des cendres. Napoléon’s remains were first buried in the Chapelle Saint-Jérôme in the Invalides until his final resting place, a tomb made of red quartzite and resting on a green granite base, was finished in 1861.
So much marble is not only impressive, but cool on a hot day.
So much marble is not only impressive, but cool on a hot day.

Louvre, Paris

Don't forget that the Louvre was a palace long before it was a museum. The place is stunning. While I was impressed with the art, the building held most of my attention.
Don’t forget that the Louvre was a palace long before it was a museum. The place is stunning. While I was impressed with the art, the building held most of my attention.

What can I say about this amazing place that hasn’t already been said? I only had four hours–that’s my art attention span–but you could spend a lifetime. This important museum is best visited in small bites over several days. If only I’d had several days. Maybe next time…..

While I like how these pyramids let in light below, they just don't fit, IMHO.
While I like how these pyramids let in the light below, they just don’t fit, IMHO.

Louve, July 2015, 3

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is technically at the edge of the Tuileries park, just beside the Louvre.
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is technically at the edge of the Tuileries park, just beside the Louvre.
Jesus turns water into wine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wedding_at_Cana
Jesus turns water into wine. The Wedding at Cana.
Grande Odalisque, also known as Une Odalisque or La Grande Odalisque. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grande_Odalisque
Grande Odalisque, also known as Une Odalisque or La Grande Odalisque.
Napoleon crowns his queen. The Pope just gets to look on.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Coronation_of_Napoleon
Napoleon crowns his queen. The Pope just gets to look on.  The Coronation of Napoleon.
Surprisingly, this important statue was on a stairway landing--and the crowds blocked access. I've seen photos of the Winged Victory of Samothrace for decades, but never realized it is placed atop a huge stone "boat."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winged_Victory_of_Samothrace
Surprisingly, this important statue was on a stairway landing–and the crowds blocked access. I’ve seen photos of the Winged Victory of Samothrace for decades, but never realized it is placed atop a huge stone “boat.”
This most impressive hall didn't need any more art. My neck hurt just from looking up all the time and I'm sure I missed several paintings and statues. But the crown jewels at the end were a nice addition.
This most impressive hall didn’t need any more art. My neck hurt just from looking up all the time and I’m sure I missed several paintings and statues. But the crown jewels at the end were a nice addition.

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This is just a detail of one small section of ceiling.
This is just a detail of one small section of ceiling.
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Venus de Milo
Now that's evil.
Now that’s evil.
The Caryatid Hall is impressive without all the additional art. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caryatid
The Caryatid Hall is impressive without all the additional art.

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I could spend hours just looking at the ceilings.
I could spend hours just looking at the ceilings.
Did I mention that the Louvre is crowded? On the far wall is the Mona Lisa. Good luck getting close.
Did I mention that the Louvre is crowded? On the far wall is the Mona Lisa. Good luck getting close.
This could be an amazing painting, but I simply never got close enough to it to be able to give a personal opinion. And it's behind so much protection that you can't look at it closely, anyway.
This could be an amazing painting, but I simply never got close enough to it to be able to give a personal opinion. And it’s behind so much protection that you can’t look at it closely, anyway.

Flame of Liberty, Paris

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I’ve been working a lot of hours. Now that Ramazan is over, new classes are starting and we are suddenly short on teachers. I’ve been schedule 40 teaching hours a week–not counting prep time or office hours. All I’ve done is work and sleep. So it’s taking a bit to post my Paris photos.  

This is the Flame of Liberty (Flamme de la Liberté), located along the Seine, near the northern end of the Pont de l’Alma, on the Place de l’Alma.  It’s a full sized, gold-leaf replica of the flame from the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor, a gift from France. This torch was a gift to the city of Paris in 1989 by the International Herald Tribune.

The flame has became an unofficial memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales after her 1997 death in the tunnel just below.  It’s become a tourist attraction for her and probably most people think the torch was put up in her honor. 

Lady Di's Torch, Paris, July 2015, 7

You'll find locks like this everywhere along the Seine, but especially on bridges. Lovers lock them and throw the key into the water, signifying their unbreakable love.
You’ll find locks like this everywhere along the Seine, but especially on bridges. Lovers lock them and throw the key into the water, signifying their unbreakable love.

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