It was stil cold, and the wind was blowing, but we were bound and determined to go see the Eiffel Tower. we headed out on foot, which may not have been the smartest thing, but we did it anyway. First stop was Notre Dame. Then from there to the tower.
The shots below are reduced from the output size of the digital camera to 700 pixels wide.
The Seine river was at flood stage. This unlucky fellow left his Mercedes in the way.
The cargo boat will barely clear the bridge.
Bob and Lois checking out the street vendors on the Rive Gauche.
Not sure what it is except ugly.
The cathedral Notre Dame. Undergoing restoration.
Cool statues, but I did not get the name of it
Another view of Notre Dame.
Here are some real gargoyles.
More raped treasures from Egypt.
A treasure of my own.
Hey are these French great or what? They do know crowd control. Nothing like an armored water canon to get your attention.
I am sure that this is somebody famous, but being artistically ignorant I don't know who.
Arc de Triumph.
The traffic circle was insane.
Narrow, crowded side streets. Note all the cars.
Overlooking the tower.
The Eiffel Tower.
Love the French: good crowd control and statues of a menage a trois. What could be better?
Answer: two women.
A view of town from the Tower.
The river Seine from the Eiffel Tower.
Radio antennas on the top of the tower.
Up the skirt shot.
The elevator shaft on the Tower.
One of the feet of the tower. A huge casting.
More odd cars.
Bridge foundations, Seine is at flood stage, the tour boat would barely pass underneath.
The Eiffel Tower from one of the Bateau Mouches tour boats.
The oddest car of the day.
Paris was fun. Cold on the day that we got there, we still had a great time. That night, we had another world class dinner. The place we ate had no menu, just the chef's choice. It was a nine course meal that basically had us eating our way through the barnyard: chicken, duck, goose, pidgeon, lamb, goat. I think I forgot the rest as the red wind stupor set in. The next day we would be returning to the U.S. This trip was pre-9/11 so security was less of an issue. All in all, a wonderful trip and a tribute to Lois's planning prowess (and having been there before). I would go again, but when the weather is warmer and when I could spend a week or so. The Louvre is just too big to attempt to see in a day. Or 2 or 3 for that matter. Besides the Louvre, Notre Dame and the tower, we did not see any of the city, so that remains to be explored.
Photos and Text Copyright Bill Caid 1999
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