France, Part III
Four Nights and Dazed in France, Part III
July 11-15, 2004
Beaune | Paris 1 | Versailles | Bastille Day
The 700-year-old gargoyle-decorated Notre-Dame Cathedral, with its 200-foot bell towers and 300-foot neo-Gothic spire from 1860. The 28 biblical Kings of Judah above the front arch. Beheaded St. Denis, a fourth century martyred bishop of Roman Paris. Beautiful stained-glass windows galore. The 50-foot stone "flying buttresses" supporting the heavy roof arches.
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The daily rekindling of the flame for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at the neoclassical Arc de Triomphe: 165 feet high, 130 feet wide, surrounded by manic traffic in 12 converging boulevards. The only safe access to this monument built in 1806 by Napoleon: a pedestrian tunnel beneath the street. Walking the Champs-Elysees shopping paradise for one more family souvenir -- and later along the Seine River.
Dinner at Cafe la Roussillon with Smitty and Carolyn. And our final dinner with all our new friends (sorry 'bout the missing faces, Lisa and Ruth). The one-of-a-kind underground Paris Sewer Tour (Egouts); the world's longest sewer system. And quintessential love, French-style, behind Notre Dame.
Our final home away from home at Les Jardins d'Eiffel in the pedestrian-friendly Rue Cler neighborhood. "Merci!"
Other photo of group members in Rue Cler.
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To Paris 1: the Lourve, Rodin and Orsay museums, Eiffel Tower
Beaune | Paris 1 | Paris 2 | Versailles | Bastille Day
Copyright Gary and Donna Larson, Seattle, Washington. Updated Feb. 17, 2007.