France & Scotland 2001

The Cannons

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Paris, France

My first shot (of several) of the Eiffel Tower. The cannons are in front of Musée de l'Armée (Army Museum) which is a part of the Invalides complex (of which that gold dome is a part).

This set of photos was taken early in the morning, so the bright sun has pretty much replaced any sort of blue in the sky yet. I can't tell you how exhausting I was that first day. With free alcohol on the flight over, the group of jovial French citizens behind us made it even more difficult to sleep in the compact seats. Then once we got into Paris, it was sunny, bright, and warm. Making my long-sleeved shirt and pair of jeans unseasonably inappropriate despite it being mid-October.

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The Church of the Dome

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L’église du Dôme

L’église du Dôme, part of the Musée de l’Armée-Invalides complex. It houses the Museum of the Army, the former veterans’ hospital and the tomb of Napoleon, as you can plainly see by the banner in the corner.

We primarily visited the Church of the Dome, the areas just below the dome instead of the entire complex.

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Fork you

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L’église du Dôme

Since this is a military museum, the gates around the complex were well fork-tified.

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Stay out

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L’église du Dôme

In any language, the wrought iron clearly says stay the hell out.

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Katy's Dome

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L’église du Dôme

Since our hotel was in the same district, we saw the dome many times when were were out getting lunch or sightseeing. Katy was quite fond of the golden dome, so here she is with her dome.

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The Dome

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L’église du Dôme

The fresco of the Apostles on the interior of the dome will turn 300 next year. It’s too bad we couldn’t get closer to see some of the details in the painting.

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Colored light

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L’église du Dôme

To the left of the orange window is a huge altar to Napoleon, the curvature in the lower right is where his tomb can be viewed from above.

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Napoleon's Tomb

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L’église du Dôme

Napoleon I’s tomb. For such a short man, he sure does have a large tomb.

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Demonstration

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L’église du Dôme

Just outside of the Invalides complex was a demonstration about something. I&rasquo;m not sure if it related to the strikes from the previous day, but we didn’t stay around to find out. Instead we went to the Cemetary of Pere-lachaise, one of Paris’ better known resting places.

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