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We made it out of England and on to the Continent! We took a Friday off and took the train (Eurostar) to Paris, got there about midday, worked out what metro to take, dumped our stuff at the hotel and hit the city.
This is a really, really, bad photo. My big, shiny head (flash!) obscures perhaps the most famous painting in the world. Mid-afternoon Friday and we had to fight to get this close to said painting and this was the best angle Tara could get to take the piccy.
This is of course in the Louvre, an absolute enormous art gallery and famous the world over. We sprinted around a part of it in the three hours that we had before it closed, heading for the Mona first!
One more time, famous!
We were stomping through the halls elbowing our way though the crowds when we saw this. "Holy shit! It's the Venus de Milo!"
The glass pyramid is the entrance to the Louvre, in the background is part of one of the wings (it's a big U), 4 stories high.
I can't think of a good joke about hunchbacks and bells at the mo', so just be thankful and see if you can pick out the people on the middle railing there.
The view from the railing up there! We took the previous pic at the zebra crossing in the background. You can see the Eiffel tower on the left in the distance!
'ur actual gargoyle
We headed from the Notre Dame to the Tower, was dark by the time we got there as you can see. Looked pretty good all lit up. Had one of those moments, "Thats the Eiffel Tower, right there... coool"
The view from the top of the tower, Paris at night.
Saturday and another enormous church, gives you an idea what all the ruins in Scotland must have once looked like... It was also on the top of the major hill in Paris, real test of faith...
Arch De Triomphe, I was bemused to find that it is actually a four-poster job, in all the photos I've seen, including this one, looks like a simple arch.
We wandered down the Champs Elysees towards the Louvre, pretty. Ogled at the traffic more than anything else, the major intersections all seem to be unmarked, total lottery. And we even saw a fender-bender while we were there!
See, Tara was here!
Gardens with the Louver in the background.
View from the Pompidou centre; where you go to see the modern art side of things. We were under-whelmed on the whole, a large chunk of it was closed for no obvious reason. Large crowds sitting around outside listening to shrill busker type entertainment.
The river Seine. The weather was hot and sunny for us on the Saturday and Sunday, all good.
Ste. Chapelle. We went into the Chapel and were initially disappointed. Then we noticed people disappearing up a spiral staircase, the downstairs was just for the servants... Upstairs, where the royals worshiped, is a huge room ringed by the most impressive stain-glass windows I've ever seen. I'm not a "stain-glass windows" sort of person, so they were THAT impressive.
You can see in this pic that they are in the process of cleaning them, the sun shines brilliantly though the cleaned windows while those still to be done were almost black with dirt and dust.
Has quite a story (Quote i stole follows): "Begun in 1246, the bilevel chapel was built to house relics of the True Cross, including the Crown of Thorns acquired by St. Louis (the Crusader king, Louis IX) from the emperor of Constantinople. (In those days, cathedrals throughout Europe were busy acquiring relics for their treasuries, regardless of their authenticity. It was a seller's, perhaps a sucker's, market.) Louis IX is said to have paid heavily for his relics, raising the money through unscrupulous means. He died of the plague on a crusade and was canonized in 1297." LMAO!
There are 15 of these massive windows along the walls.
A "rose" window at one end. Each of the 15 windows tells part of the bible story, apparently the whole thing is up there from beginning to end (the rose is the Apocalypse).