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Cadieus @ Paris

We did A LOT of Paris sightseeing while Sandra and Ian were visiting.

From left to right: I. Cadieu, S. Cadieu & C. Cadieu.

Here are some highlights….

1) We walked along the Champs-Élysées and saw the Arc de Triomphe (although the top was closed).

Arc de Triomphe.

2) Visited the Eiffel Tower.

We enjoy a picnic before going up.

From the tower you have a great view of Parc du Champ de Mars and the Ecole Militaire.

Sunset.

Eiffel at night.

3) Climbed up Sacré-Cœur.

This basilica was completed in 1914.

View from steps outside basilica.

View from dome (you can see the Eiffel tower in the background!).

Another dome view.

4) We spent a few hours in the Les Invalides Complex, where we saw Napoleon’s tomb and the Army Museum.

Entrance to the Army Museum.

Napoleon's tomb.

We walk through the (very extensive) Army Museum.

Napoleon on a good day.

Napoleon on a bad day.

Napoleon's horse.

5) We also saw the Orsay Museum (no photos allowed!) and the Louvre.

Hall in the Louvre.

Mona Lisa.

David's Coronation of Napoleon.

David's Oath of the Horatii.

Ouch! Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli's La Mort De Cleopatre.

Venus de Milo.

Michelangelo's Captive (where is the dollar bill supposed to go?).

Winged Victory.

And finally, before the family visit concludes, Sandra helps Charles finish his homework!:

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McLaughlins @ Paris

I was lucky in that my Uncle Jack and Aunt Anne Marie, as well as their good friends Misty and Allen, were vacationing in Paris while I was here.  I tagged along with them as much as possible…time flew by as we wandered through museums, parks, and the streets of Paris.

Americans in Paris!

Today's catch on Rue Cler.

We had perfect picnic weather!

We saw the “Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso… The Stein Family” exhibit at the Grand Palais, as well as a Monet exhibit at the Marmottan Museum.  Cameras were forbidden, so I don’t have pictures from the exhibits to show you 😦

Grand Palais

We also spent a day at Fontainebleau, a chateaux built by Francis I in the 1500’s.  This chateaux was the location of Napoleon’s farewell before going into exile. Although much smaller than Versailles, the lack of crowds and peaceful atmosphere made for a very pleasant visit.  I must admit, visiting Fountainebleau is both breathtaking and unsettling–the palace itself is gorgeous, and the treasures inside are very impressive (albeit a little kitschy with modern eyes).  However, the amount of wealth and effort poured into this residence is somewhat disturbing, an overt downside to the power of these royal individuals.  It was kind of like watching Cribs, but more surreal.

View of palace from gardens.

Library.

Chapel.

Throne room.

Marie Antoinette's bedroom. The wallpaper is horrendous.

Napoleon's bed.

Napoleon's make shift office bed (just in case he was too tired to walk next store to his bedroom bed).

And finally, a picnic refreshment!

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