France '05

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Close-up of the west end of the upper chapel of Ste. Chapelle.
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Ste. Chapelle is pretty much embedded within the grounds of the Palais de Justice
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Notre Dame de Paris, just down the street from Ste. Chapelle. There's a band playing Gershwin behind us.
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Inside Notre Dame de Paris. This is a side chapel near the south transept. I think these interior shots are coming out pretty well considering I had no idea what the camera settings were, nor exactly how they were framed: the LCD on my camera broke sometime on Monday.
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West end of Notre Dame de Paris.
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Side chapel in Notre Dame de Paris.
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Stained galss and statue silhouette in Notre Dame de Paris.
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Stained glass and statue silhouette in Notre Dame de Paris.
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Altar and vault above the apse in Notre Dame de Paris.
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Vaulted ceiling of the nave and organ pipes in the west end of Notre Dame de Paris.
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Backside of Notre Dame de Paris. Note the famous flying buttresses that prevent the walls of the apse from collapsing.
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3/4 rear view from Pont de Larcheveche (don't ask), crossing the Seine to the Rive Gauche.
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A Paris backstreet on the Rive Gauche near Isle de la Cite', pretty much pedestrianized.
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One of the very few meals we took indoors during our ~2 weeks in France. It was just too hot and sunny to sit outside.
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Cynthia's favorite type of vehicle in Paris. Motorcycles and scooters are everywhere. They have a big advantage in traffic or when the streets get medieval on you.
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I forget what this is. A famous school? It's on Place de Institute on the Seine just east of Musee d'Orsay.
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I forget what this is. A famous school? It's on Place de Institute on the Seine just east of Musee d'Orsay.
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The main sculpture gallery in the Musee d'Orsay, the museum of art covering roughly from the mid 19th to the early 20th century, including the impressionists. It used to be a train station. Can you tell?
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A piece of fine art from the Musee d'Orsay.
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Cynthia's silhouette in the Musee d'Osay's clock. Outside across the Seine is the ferris wheel near the entrance of the Tuileries.
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Interior super structure in the Musee d'Orsay.
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A look at the crowd in one of the impressionist galleries in Musee d'Orsay. It got literally shoulder-to-shoulder sometimes.
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A murky Monet in Musee d'Osay.
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A class field trip to Musee d'Orsay. Harry Potter watches over things.
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A pidgeon on the roof of Musee d'Orsay contemplates its next target. Perhaps Le Sacre Ceour on the hill?
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I guess I just love super structure. Here's more of it in the Musee d'Orsay.
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Stained glass in the Musee d'Osay.
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A shot of most (but not all) of one side of the Louvre. It's big. Really big.
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Wednesday. Caught a train to Chartres. Notre Dame de Chartres. Note the asymmetry between the towers. The one on the right is what remains of the preceding, 5th church built on this spot. The current one was started in the late 12th century and took an unusally short 30 years to complete.
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Guarding the entrance to Notre Dame de Chartres. The middle guy seems inclined to reject entry, but he was out voted.