A neighboring boat's Abyssinian cat comes by to say
"so long" as we prepare to leave Auxonne.
The closest we could get to the thermal baths at the Cluny
Museum was this view through the window of the museum
After 5+ months in Europe we were finally able to have
a true "Saturday morning breakfast". Bottomless cups
of coffee and eggs, bacon, French toast--definitely not a
French-style breakfast. No surprise, we were not the
only Americans in the place.
Our first look at Notre Dame Cathedral after last April's
massive fire. Aside from the spire being gone, it didn't look
too bad from this angle. Lots of tourists, too.
A vantage point on the Left Bank shows how substantial
the damage actually was. The spire is gone, the roof is gone,
many windows are gone, and scaffolding and wood
are helping to support the remaining structure.
Notre Dame before the fire: a photo
from our visit in September 2018.
Notre Dame after the fire: from
the same perspective as the
The Eiffel Tower at night, as seen from a street near our hotel. The
"Paris Statue of Liberty" is at the far left in the photo.
Palm trees in Paris--it's almost like St. Petersburg.
Well, maybe not so much.
The statue in the memorial. Displayed within the
surrounding trees were photos and stories of some
of the children and families who were seized
during this operation.
|A wall with the names and ages of the children who died.|
The lines to enter the museum were getting long by the time
we finished our visit--but were nowhere near the length of the
lines to enter the Louvre Museum.
In the latter years of his life, Claude Monet developed quite a fascination with the water lilies in his garden
in the town of Giverny (in Normandy). He painted upwards of 250 canvasses with water lilies.
We walked uphill to reach the museum. Maybe that's
why it looked so much like fall?
We could only view the lion by peeking through the window.
C'est la vie.