Friday, January 15, 2010

Paris Vacation Pictures: The Fourth Set

The Arc de Triomphe.

Champs-Elysées with a giant ferris wheel at the end.

Becky standing between the white lines of safety.

Under the Arc de Triomphe, next to an eternal flame.

The ferris wheel and the 3000 year old Egyptian obelisk! It's hard to see the pointy top, but it's covered in gold leaf.

The Arc de Triomphe again.

The Eye of Sauron sparkling on the hour.

The Arc de Triomphe as seen from the top of the ferris wheel.

The July Column in Place de la Bastille.

A sculpture of Aristotle in Musée d'Orsay.


Musée d'Orsay is a converted train station.

This is a famous painting, but I don't remember the name of it or who painted it.

Enjoy the perspective...

Nope, it's a painting, not a photograph.

Paris Vacation Pictures: The Third Set

Napoleon's tomb.

The angels representing some of Napoleon's battles.

Thumbs up for scale.

Napoleon depicted as a Roman emperor and pointing to the Napoleonic Code.

The view from Napoleon's tomb.

Napoleon II.

Napoleon bestowing honors on both military and civilian citizens. Apparently he was the first leader to do this.

The military church behind the gold alter. You can see the back of the giant gold crucifix through the window.

The organ at the back of the church.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Paris Vacation Pictures: The Second Set

The Grand Palace.

Napoleon's tomb is in there.

The interior of the dome.

Napoleon's tomb! Each of the angels surrounding the tomb represent one of Napoleon's victories.

A carving depicting the return of Napoleon's body to France from St. Helena.

Paris Vacation Pictures: The First Set

Here are some of the better pictures from my visit this Christmas break.

December 19, 2009 (the day I arrived in Paris):

The Seine next to Notre Dame.

December 20, 2009:

It's snowing!

December 21, 2009:

The streets near the Pantheon.

I'm at the Pantheon!

The Christmas season in Paris.

(The camera clock wasn't set for the rest of these)

It's amazing to just walk down a street and see something like this.

The Eiffel Tower (most of it).

I'm standing in front of the Grand Palace.

Now I'm standing in front of the Army Museum and Napoleon's tomb.

More pictures are on the way.