I especially love the many bridges, no two of which are identical, so I've recorded many of those. Here are a few.
|Pont Notre Dame|
|Pont des Arts|
We passed by the Musee d'Orsay, the beautiful old train station that is now home to the massive Impressionist holdings, and Annie will be delighted to see that Chanel bling dramatically displayed there. I decided to focus on one of the two clocks to test out my new camera's telephoto lens (which I'll spare you).
One of my favorite buildings is directly across the river from the Louvre, the Insititut de France, which houses among other things the Academie Francaise, the protectors of the French language.
As you head south along the river, the Eiffel Tower quickly comes into view, and like Notre Dame one feels compelled to take shot after shot of it. Of those I took that day, the ones with Pont Alexandre III
in the foreground are my favorites, as is this ornate, gilded spectacle.
From here we strolled past the Grand and Petit Palais into the gardens of the Champs Elysee, and then on to Place Vendome. Mary was determined to visit the Ritz in search of the spectres of Fitzgerald and Hemingway, but the doormen took one look at us and claimed the joint was closed for repairs. I then sought entrance at Chanel, but they too barred us. Discouraged, we headed home.
|Place Vendome--Ritz side|