Paris, 17th-21st October 2003

A short break to see the sights. We spent a lot of time just wandering around

Arc de Triomphe

 

Jardin du Carrousel by the Louvre

 

Pigeons at the side of the Seine

 

Outside Notre Dame Cathedral

 

Approaching La Tour Eiffel

 

View from the tower

 

Looking up to the top of the tower from inside it

 

On the obsevation platform in the tower

 

Back at the bottom

 

La Tour Eiffel

 

Inside the Catacombs under Place Denfert Rochereau. Several of the city graveyards had filled to the point that they were overflowing, and by 1810 the decision was taken to exhume the bodies and rehouse them in the catacombs under the city. There are many kilometres of passageways

 

A ghoulish monster?

 

Walls of leg bones and skulls have been built up, lining the passages. The other bones have been dumped in a jumble in the space behind

 

There are various shrines for bones from different graveyards and sections

 

I found it really quite moving. We're all much the same in the end!

 

Back in our hotel room, still alive

 

The Sacre Coeur

 

Moulin Rouge. Prior to this we visited La Musee de l'Erotisme, which was quite interesting

 

Pyramide du Louvre

 

A sphynx

 

Venus de Milo

 

Winged Victory of Samothrace

 

Mona Lisa

 

Strolling through a gallery. The sheer scale of the Louvre is overwhelming. Jen was in her element, but I found it too much for my attention span!

 

The Three Graces

 

La Seine

 

Can't remember what this is!

 

Walking by the river again

 

Stained glass windows inside Cathédrale Notre Dame

 

 

The glass was really quite impressive, and much more vivid than it appears in our photos

 

Time to go home?

 

Getting a lift home from the airport with Mum and the pup

 

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