Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Paris...Part Deux

On our third day in Paris we visited the Conciergerie. Probably most famous for housing Marie-Antoinette during the revolution ...before she went to the guillotine. What amazed me during this trip is that we were walking in the same city as kings, queens and emperors of history.

Below is the Salle des Gens d' Armes where the guards of the royal household lived.

Speaking of Gen d' Armes....

After a brief interlude with the nice policemen..... we walked.....walked.... and walked over to the Jardin des Tuileries on our way to the Musee de l'Orangerie and Place de la Concorde. No wonder the French are slim. Everybody walks. I think we logged at least 5 miles or more a day. By the end of the trip my legs ached. The Tuileries is filled with scultures, manicured hedges, flowers, fountains, and of all things....buckeye trees. As we walked along, I notice the buckeyes on the ground. For those of you not from Ohio....the buckeye is our state tree and Ohio State is know as the Home of the Buckeye's. When I was growing up on the farm, our neighbors had a buckeye tree in their front yard. Funny to find something so familiar that far away.

I can't help thinking that if this statue were in the US, we would have to put a bra and panties on her to avoid offending the sensibilities of our moral right.

The flowers were beautiful. I couldn't help thinking that the growing season must be a bit different than where I live. There were still flowers (what looked like summer flowers) still in bloom. We walked down a street past a number of plant/flower stores still selling summer flowers.

I love these street lamps. Seeing the Eiffel Tower in the distance just made us giddy. We were actually in Paris!!!! After a quick spin through the l'Orangerie to see Monet's Nympheas (Water Lilies), we spent the rest of the day strolling on the right bank. We wandered up through the Place Vendome.

Napolean sits on top this column which was made from the melted brozne of 1,200 cannons caputured at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805.

More tomorrow

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