The Iron Lady

June 08, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I decided to take a quick trip to Paris from Nice because a pair of my friends, Avery and Alex, who I met a UT Arlington, were on a multi-week vacation throughout Europe and were in Paris when I was nearby. I arrive around 8p.m. and they were already at the Eiffel tower so I headed straight to them. I don't think there is a better way to start a trip to Paris than going to the Eiffel Tower first!  They were gracious enough to let me sleep on the floor of their room because I had not found a place to stay. It was late Friday night and every hostel was completely full. It's a good thing I had them, because there was a massive thunderstorm that night and my plan B was to sleep in my hammock. Good thing I didn't! The next day the three of us wen to the Palace of Versaille. They had an extra museum pass, so I was able to go for free. When we arrived, I was greeted to a "dead battery" signal on my camera. I only took a couple of photos with my phone.

The palace was outrageous. Every room was clad in guilded paint, masterworked ceilings and the finest wall coverings. It's hard to believe that a family once lived in this building with such immense detail.  We did not take the time or money to talk around the gardens. I finally found a hostel nearby and headed there to work on my future plans. As I was working in the lobby, I met Nader, a physician from Libya, who was telling me all about the revolution that happened in that last year. It was unbelievable hearing these stories that no news program could cover. 

 

The next day I headed to The Louvre Museum. I have wanted to visit here since The Da Vinci Code was released. On my way there I passed by this accident.  Just like the Veraille Palace, this place in grand in scale. 

So many people! It was like walking around the UT campus between classes. Of course, the Mona LIsa brings quite a crowd.  She's looking at you.  A painting of St. Peter's Basilica. You can get a sense of the size of it better than my previous photos.
This dude looked pretty sweet. I'm not sure of the material, but it was quite odd.

A slight change from all of the paintings of Madonna and royalty. 
This is collage of all the monuments in Rome. A continuation.
The island with Notre Dame.  Lovers Bridge. Couples come here to write their name on a padlock, lock it on the fence, and throw the keys in the river. The Eiffel Tower from afar. I next moved on to Notre Dame Cathedral. There people on the top of the right bell tower. They're quite small. 
A lot of details on the exterior. More on the interior. 

Gargoyles. I happened to arrive just before evening Mass, so I sat down and admire the building.  Beautiful windows. I was one of the last people out of the Cathedral so I got some wonderful shots without any person blocking the view. On to the Arc de Triomphe, in the middle of the world's largest traffic circle.  Still more people on the roof, if you can see them.  The tunnel under the traffic circle to get to the monument.  Tombe of an unknown soldier. 
 

 


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