France: Paris

Welcome to Paris and screw the stereotypes!

I have never failed to be charmed by Paris and her people, who are justifiably proud of their truly authentic culture. I have been transformed me into a genuine Francophile.

Regarding all those French stereotypes: All I can say is that people see what they want to see. Perhaps, more accurately, they see what they are told to see. Everyone I engaged was good humored and delightful, generous with their English, and forgiving of my almost non-existent French.

Besides their deep enjoyment of the simple everyday pleasures (Le Joie de Vivre), the French have and continue to make priceless contributions to civilization… in the worlds of music, cuisine, language, literature, science, philosophy, engineering, architecture, art, and political freedom.

Allons! (Let’s go!)

French National Motto!

And how can anyone not resonate with the national motto!

Paris Metro

A short and sweet French lesson!

Eiffel Tower

Yes, it snows in Paris

Champs Elysees & Arc de Triumphe

Champes Elysees viewed from the top of Arc de Triumphe
spiral staircase inside Arc de Triumphe

Montmartre & Sacre Coeur

The “I love you” wall
Carousel, Sacre Coeur
Street Performer, Sacre Coeur
People watch on the steps of Sacre Coeur.
Pigalle (The Red Light District)
If you have a hundred Euros to burn, take in dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill).

The Louve Entrance

The Catacombs

The Catacombs, the final repose for some 6 million human beings.

D’Orsay Gallery

D’Orsay Main Hall
Toulouse Latrec
The iconic clock with view of Sacre Coeur

Food & Drink

Cafe scene
Relax over a drink and people watch at one of thousands of sidewalk cafés

Notre Dame Cathedral

Some of the most famous stained glass in the world.

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Frederic Chopin’s body sans heart (His heart is in Warsaw)
Gertrude Stein
Jim Morrison
Oscar Wilde

Pompidou Center

Paris Street Scenes

Boy and his dog
Condom Dispenser in street
Printemps Solidaire! (Spring Solidarity)
Existential Philospher’s and French Flag

Gare du Nord

About to attempt some boogie woogie at Gare du Nord.


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