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What I Did On My Holidays

Well, I went to Paris.

From across the top of the hideous Forum des Halles one glimpses l'eglise Saint-Eustache.
I came back there for the vigil on Easter Saturday.
For some reason, the church has a giant stone head and accompanying hand (not in picture) out the front.

On the Left Bank you can see such delights as the Pantheon and the university district. When I was there, the university's chamber orchestra was out on the Place de la Sorbonne, performing Vivaldi's Four Season. They were, for the record, terrible.

Down at the bottom of the hill from the Pantheon one finds the Jardin de Luxembourg. Unfortunately, on a sunny day, the light on the gravel can be rather bright, making your photo look inept.

Notre Dame bears photographing again and again and again and again.
A rose window inside Notre Dame.
And on the outside, gargoyles.

Would you buy a used Grande Arche de la Defense from this man?
But seriously, that's a really big box.

We've got one of those, too. Obelisk at Place de la Concorde.
It's a fair old walk from there to the Arc de Triomphe. See tiny people on top for scale.

The courtyard entrance of the Louvre - too wide for my camera. More impressive than it looks here.

"Well, you know, I sort of said it as a joke, then someone agreed and... well, I guess it was a kind of hysteria. But now we've got a giant glass pyramid over the entrance."

George Orwell was here.
Ernest Hemingway was here.
For that matter, Erik Satie was here.

The Musee d'Orsay from the Rive Droite.

A rare Simca parked on the Rive Gauche.

Fountain outside Saint-Sulpice, or possibly Saint-Severin. I actually can't remember.

A jazz band playing on the Pont St. Louis, which connects the Ile Saint-Louis to the Ile de la Cite.

Oh, what a surprise. The Eiffel Tower.

Boats on the Seine.
The Pont Neuf and Pont des Arts.

The Sacre Coeur basilica gets a lot of visitors, mainly for its vantage point providing a view of Paris