The photos below are what we saw.
plane arrives from Tahiti as part of a normally scheduled 2-hop
flight to Paris. This was a Boeing 777. For an
intercontinental flight, it was not too bad. The seats were
marginally comfortable but time seemed to pass quickly.
arrived in Paris around 5pm local time and went to our
hotel. The setting sun gave us a reasonable view of the
Paris skyline. We had dinner at a close bistro and then
morning, we headed out to take in the sights. The outside of
the Marriott hotel was on a tree-lined boulevard that was right
next to the Metro.
first stop was the Army Museum and Napoleon's Tomb. Along
the way we had some frivolous moments. I am not sure what
was said, but it must have been pretty funny.
Tomb is inside a large chapel, the domes are visible in the photo
above. The building in the foreground is the state hospital.
got Michele, Jim and Kathleen to pause for a group photo.
the chapel structure were some awesome statues. Note the
lion heads on his boots.
altar inside the church was spectacular. Note the spiral
columns made of dark marble.
carvings in the side alcoves were intricate.
back-lighting made this a difficult shot, but thankfully I have
access to Adobe Lightroom to help get rid of the excessive
highlights from the outside window. This is Napoleon's tomb
(or so it is labeled), although I doubt that his remains are
domes of the cathedral had detailed frescoes.
am loathe to admit, but I do not know who Mr. Vauban was or what
part he played in French history. Sadly, in Paris, nothing
is free and internet access is included in that list of costly
extras that tourists have to pay for.
more detailed view of the altar and the spiral marble columns.
dome above the altar had another detailed set of paintings.
marble work of the access to the altar area.
crypt area below the altar had this coffin like structure.
Despite the labels on the marble sarcophagus, I might believe that
Napoleon's remains are in this wooden coffin.
perimeter of the crypt area was lined with detailed statuary.
above were more paintings.
the tomb area, we went to the adjoining Army Museum and saw this
internal courtyard of the museum was cobblestone and large
indeed. Above, Kathleen takes a photo of a portion of the
were a number of antique cannons in the museum that represented
many phases of the French military. This one had the symbol
of the French king, a fire-breathing salamander cast into the
the breach end of the canon, I noted these symbols, which are
likely Roman numerals for the date of manufacture.
symbols appear to be Arabic indicating that this cannon may have
seen service in one of the French colonial areas like Algeria.
went to the upper floors of the museum to see more antique
hardware. One section of the museum had old breast-plates
that date back to medieval times. This breast-plate is from
the Battle of Waterloo and the fellow wearing this had a really,
REALLY bad day. The cannon round went straight through, and
the wearer clearly did not survive.
saturating on French colonial military memorabilia, we headed out
into the city. The front of the Army Museum had nice ornate
the intricate details cast into the cannon barrel.
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