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Saturday, July 14, 2012

ANGELS AND DEMONS

Visual tour(ist) of the great monuments and buildings of Paris.


 First, La Tour Eiffel, possibly the most famous piece of architecture in the world. 


 L'Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids) with the Gold Dome Church behind. War museum included.

Guardians on the roof of National Museum.


 Unfortunately I have no information on this beautiful relief sculpture near the National Marine Museum. 


Detail of the Eiffel Tower. Impressive stuff. Built in 1889 and all that. 


 The Arc de Triomphe in the distance with the Champs-Elysées decked out ready for Bastille Day tomorrow.


Naked young French soldiers battle bearded Germanic tribes in this scene on the Arc de Triomphe. Angel Michael helps out.



 Flanking the Pont(bridge)de Alexandre III are these glorious golden statues. From what I can gather the whole bridge, finished in 1900, was pretty kick-ass engineering for its time. 




Detail of The Petit Palace which was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. 
Also built then was the Musée d'Orsay where we had lunch...


While we were there we also checked out some art. Seems to house pretty much every major piece of 19th century art. Used to be a train station as you can tell from this interior shot and the clock tower below.


Monet, Manet, Renoir, Gauguin, Cézanne, Van Gogh. Everybody really. A little overwhelming at times but rest stops in the open spaces and good lunch break help. 

Despite the several trips to Paris, this was my first visit here. Well worth the wait over the years. I had actually been to Paris twice before this place was open. Am I that old? No. Surprisingly new- opened (as a museum) in 1989. 


Beautiful views over the city from the clock.

More love from Paris. XXXX