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Highlights of a few days in Paris

The Eiffel Tower never gets old; seeing it brings back memories of past visits, including my first back in 1990

The Eiffel Tower never gets old; seeing it brings back memories of past visits, including my first back in 1990

Sainte-Chapelle, consecrated in 1248, is a royal chapel in the Gothic style within the medieval city that was home to the kings of France until the 14th century

Sainte-Chapelle, consecrated in 1248, is a royal chapel in the Gothic style within the medieval city that was home to the kings of France until the 14th century

The great shrine containing 22 relics of the Passion of Christ, including the fragment of the Holy Cross and Crown of Thorns, used to be displayed on the gallery

The great shrine containing 22 relics of the Passion of Christ, including the fragment of the Holy Cross and Crown of Thorns, used to be displayed on the gallery

I'm always looking for more books to read but this store has become such a tourist attraction that it's too crowded for me; I found my books in a more spacious store on Rue de Rivoli

I'm always looking for more books to read but this store has become such a tourist attraction that it's too crowded for me; I found my books in a more spacious store on Rue de Rivoli

I'm glad I've visited Notre Dame plenty of times since the line to get in was endless; despite warm temperatures locals still wearing jackets

I'm glad I've visited Notre Dame plenty of times since the line to get in was endless; despite warm temperatures locals still wearing jackets

The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. is modeled after the Opera Garnier, most notably the facade and Great Hall

The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. is modeled after the Opera Garnier, most notably the facade and Great Hall

The Grand Foyer is made to seem even bigger through the play of mirrors and windows; Baudry painted the ceiling which features themes from the history of music

The Grand Foyer is made to seem even bigger through the play of mirrors and windows; Baudry painted the ceiling which features themes from the history of music

The Opera Garnier is rightfully considered one of the world's most beautiful theatres; it strikes the perfect balance between functional and flamboyant

The Opera Garnier is rightfully considered one of the world's most beautiful theatres; it strikes the perfect balance between functional and flamboyant

Joan of Arc in the Place des Pyramides, 1874; Paris is probably my favorite city in which to wander because you always see something you haven't seen before

Joan of Arc in the Place des Pyramides, 1874; Paris is probably my favorite city in which to wander because you always see something you haven't seen before

You know you're in Paris when you're headed to one monument and glance to the side and see the Luxor Obelisk and the Arc de Triomphe

You know you're in Paris when you're headed to one monument and glance to the side and see the Luxor Obelisk and the Arc de Triomphe

Monet, The Bridge at Argenteuil, 1874

Monet, The Bridge at Argenteuil, 1874

Renoir, Ball at the Moulin de la Gallette, 1876

Renoir, Ball at the Moulin de la Gallette, 1876

The Basilica of St. Denis was the first Gothic church when completed in 1144; it is the necropolis for most of the kings of France

The Basilica of St. Denis was the first Gothic church when completed in 1144; it is the necropolis for most of the kings of France

The Basilica is often referred to as the Royal Necropolis of France; the bodies were removed during the French Revolution to protect them since the adjacent abbey was demolished with only the church left standing

The Basilica is often referred to as the Royal Necropolis of France; the bodies were removed during the French Revolution to protect them since the adjacent abbey was demolished with only the church left standing

Tomb of Henry II and Catherine de Medici, often called the most powerful woman from the 16th century; Henry largely ignored Catherine and spent most of his time and money on his mistress

Tomb of Henry II and Catherine de Medici, often called the most powerful woman from the 16th century; Henry largely ignored Catherine and spent most of his time and money on his mistress

My flight into Paris flew right over the city; you get a great appreciation for the genius of Haussmann and his urban planning

My flight into Paris flew right over the city; you get a great appreciation for the genius of Haussmann and his urban planning

The Musee Marmottan was originally a hunting lodge on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne that was purchased by Jules Marmottan in 1882; it opened as a museum in 1934 and is famous for the world's largest collection of Monet paintings

The Musee Marmottan was originally a hunting lodge on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne that was purchased by Jules Marmottan in 1882; it opened as a museum in 1934 and is famous for the world's largest collection of Monet paintings

Corot, The Lady in Blue, 1874; considered Corot's masterpiece

Corot, The Lady in Blue, 1874; considered Corot's masterpiece

Monet, Impression: Sunrise, 1872; this is one of the paintings that gave the Impressionist movement its name

Monet, Impression: Sunrise, 1872; this is one of the paintings that gave the Impressionist movement its name

The Trocadero is famous for having the best views of the Eiffel Tower; one of the most famous photographs from WW2 shows Hitler standing in this spot

The Trocadero is famous for having the best views of the Eiffel Tower; one of the most famous photographs from WW2 shows Hitler standing in this spot

Thanks to Atlas Obscura, I visited 29 Avenue Rapp which is considered the most extreme example of Art Nouveau in Paris; the 1901 building was scandalous for the time

Thanks to Atlas Obscura, I visited 29 Avenue Rapp which is considered the most extreme example of Art Nouveau in Paris; the 1901 building was scandalous for the time

1900 Grand Palais with Beaux Arts Pont Alexandre III; the bridge is the most ornate bridge across the Seine and my favorite

1900 Grand Palais with Beaux Arts Pont Alexandre III; the bridge is the most ornate bridge across the Seine and my favorite

It is sad that some houses didn't want to join the others on Rue Cremieux, near Gare d'Lyon, in brightening up the city

It is sad that some houses didn't want to join the others on Rue Cremieux, near Gare d'Lyon, in brightening up the city

I couldn't believe all of the people playing in the Trocadero fountains; the Palais de Chaillot was built here for the International Exposition of 1937

I couldn't believe all of the people playing in the Trocadero fountains; the Palais de Chaillot was built here for the International Exposition of 1937

General Ferdinand Foch was the Supreme Allied Commander during WWI; he criticized the Treaty of Versailles for being too lenient on Germany and, prophetically, called it an armistice for 20 years

General Ferdinand Foch was the Supreme Allied Commander during WWI; he criticized the Treaty of Versailles for being too lenient on Germany and, prophetically, called it an armistice for 20 years

I've decided the French are in such good shape because there are always long checkout lines at the grocery stores; I figure people see the long lines and just don't bother to get groceries

I've decided the French are in such good shape because there are always long checkout lines at the grocery stores; I figure people see the long lines and just don't bother to get groceries

The collection of water lily paintings by Monet here are not his best; the Marmottan was given the Monet's by his last descendant in 1966

The collection of water lily paintings by Monet here are not his best; the Marmottan was given the Monet's by his last descendant in 1966

Rue Cremieux is the most colorful street in Paris; a small section of houses are painted like those on the island of Burano, near Venice

Rue Cremieux is the most colorful street in Paris; a small section of houses are painted like those on the island of Burano, near Venice

The Basilica of St Denis is 108 meters long and 38 meters wide; both stylistically and structurally, the Basilica heralded the change from Romanesque architecture to Gothic architecture

The Basilica of St Denis is 108 meters long and 38 meters wide; both stylistically and structurally, the Basilica heralded the change from Romanesque architecture to Gothic architecture

Buried at the Basilica are 42 kings, 32 queens, 63 princes and princesses and 10 men of the kingdom; it would be a perfect location for a French history exam

Buried at the Basilica are 42 kings, 32 queens, 63 princes and princesses and 10 men of the kingdom; it would be a perfect location for a French history exam

King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were the last monarchs before the French Revolution; in 1792 the monarchy was abolished and Marie Antoinette was guillotined in 1793

King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were the last monarchs before the French Revolution; in 1792 the monarchy was abolished and Marie Antoinette was guillotined in 1793

Manet, The Luncheon on the Grass, 1863

Manet, The Luncheon on the Grass, 1863

Degas, The Foyer of the Dance at the Rue La Peletier Opera, 1872

Degas, The Foyer of the Dance at the Rue La Peletier Opera, 1872

Cezanne, Apples and Oranges, 1899

Cezanne, Apples and Oranges, 1899

Monet, Haystacks, End of Summer, 1891

Monet, Haystacks, End of Summer, 1891

Lemmen, Beach at Heist, 1891

Lemmen, Beach at Heist, 1891

I prefer the Orsay to the Louvre since it's much more open and manageable; it also has a better collection of French Impressionists and Art Nouveau pieces

I prefer the Orsay to the Louvre since it's much more open and manageable; it also has a better collection of French Impressionists and Art Nouveau pieces

Gauguin, Women of Tahiti, 1891

Gauguin, Women of Tahiti, 1891

Van Gogh, Starry Night over the Rhone, 1888

Van Gogh, Starry Night over the Rhone, 1888

Van Gogh, Self Portrait, 1889

Van Gogh, Self Portrait, 1889

Thomas Jefferson, ambassador to France 1785-1789, stands watch over the Seine near the entrance to the Musee d'Orsay

Thomas Jefferson, ambassador to France 1785-1789, stands watch over the Seine near the entrance to the Musee d'Orsay

The Musee d'Orsay was built in 1900 as a train station and is one of the world's greatest art museums; I think the audioguide would have taken me a week if I had listened to commentary on each work

The Musee d'Orsay was built in 1900 as a train station and is one of the world's greatest art museums; I think the audioguide would have taken me a week if I had listened to commentary on each work

The Tuileries Garden stretches from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde; it was created in 1564 by Catherine de Medici and opened to the public in 1667

The Tuileries Garden stretches from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde; it was created in 1564 by Catherine de Medici and opened to the public in 1667

At the request of Napoleon III, in 1861 Charles Garnier undertook the building of a new opera house which opened in 1875

At the request of Napoleon III, in 1861 Charles Garnier undertook the building of a new opera house which opened in 1875

Rue de Rivoli is one of my favorite Parisian streets for the harmonious buildings and arcades; the uniform buildings go on almost endlessly creating that classical Parisian look

Rue de Rivoli is one of my favorite Parisian streets for the harmonious buildings and arcades; the uniform buildings go on almost endlessly creating that classical Parisian look

The ceremonial staircase is made of white marble with a balustrade of red and green marble; people came to the Opera for this part of the show, not what was on stage

The ceremonial staircase is made of white marble with a balustrade of red and green marble; people came to the Opera for this part of the show, not what was on stage

The Opera was the setting for Leroux's 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera; I think it's the most beautiful building in Paris

The Opera was the setting for Leroux's 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera; I think it's the most beautiful building in Paris

France gave us Lady Liberty in 1886 and the US gave this statue to France in 1888; I think it's ironic that the statue has it's back turned to where most people view it from a bridge

France gave us Lady Liberty in 1886 and the US gave this statue to France in 1888; I think it's ironic that the statue has it's back turned to where most people view it from a bridge

The Palais de Chaillot with Pont d'Iena; there were tons of tourists taking the river cruises but I did that the last time I was here

The Palais de Chaillot with Pont d'Iena; there were tons of tourists taking the river cruises but I did that the last time I was here

There are 1113 scenes from the Bible depicted in stained glass at Saint-Chapelle including this one showing Noah and his ark; the 15 windows are each 15 meters high

There are 1113 scenes from the Bible depicted in stained glass at Saint-Chapelle including this one showing Noah and his ark; the 15 windows are each 15 meters high

Hitler visited Sainte-Chapelle in June 1940 on his only trip to Paris; it's hard to imagine this city under Nazi occupation although I've read enough books about it to know what happened

Hitler visited Sainte-Chapelle in June 1940 on his only trip to Paris; it's hard to imagine this city under Nazi occupation although I've read enough books about it to know what happened

Fifteen huge mid-13th century stained glass windows fill the nave and apse of the upper chapel; they are considered some of the finest stained glass in the world

Fifteen huge mid-13th century stained glass windows fill the nave and apse of the upper chapel; they are considered some of the finest stained glass in the world

Sainte-Chapelle is largely hidden with no street frontage but, with its magnificent stained windows, ranks as the number 2 thing to do in Paris according to TripAdvisor

Sainte-Chapelle is largely hidden with no street frontage but, with its magnificent stained windows, ranks as the number 2 thing to do in Paris according to TripAdvisor

City Hall; Paris seems much more crowded than when I first visited in 1990; the subway always seemed packed despite constant departures

City Hall; Paris seems much more crowded than when I first visited in 1990; the subway always seemed packed despite constant departures

Even with my multi-day subway pass, I always seem to walk for miles and miles in Paris; I noticed locals aren't nearly as fashionable and dressy as they were in 1990

Even with my multi-day subway pass, I always seem to walk for miles and miles in Paris; I noticed locals aren't nearly as fashionable and dressy as they were in 1990

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