16 Days in France (Day 12, Part 2)

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[Leaving the Louvre and entering the Tuileries Gardens where a photographer was shooting crows?]

Paris

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[The crow took refuge behind people enjoying the sun on the grass.  Oh, and I believe the statue to be a Maillol named “Mediterrane.”]

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[Then it was full speed ahead into the Tuileries . . . ]

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[A really large area that appears to be really well-groomed public gardens.]

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[“Diane”]

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[Worthy of being drawn . . . ]

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[But not of being found on the internet?]

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[Goats?]

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[Apparently used for grounds maintenance under the supervision of the crows.]

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[Looking back toward the Louvre while Elizabeth and Reetz admire the flora.]

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[We’ve reached the center “pool” but in a desperate search for lunch did not meander over for a look?]

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[OK, maybe we did give it a brief look.  😉  ]

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[Oh, oh, an outdoor café in the gardens has been spotted by our alert forward scouts.]

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[I think we all opted for the quiche.  Is it true the French don’t have a word for “quiche”?]

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[Ever eager for a photo op, I leapt from the lunch table . . . ]

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[To capture the crow, who obviously also monitors the statuary.]

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[Then he/she flew away . . . ]

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[Only to return to keep an eye on our dining progress.]

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[Kay captures the action.  No birds or animals were harmed during the photographic shoot.]

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[Be honest, did you think this was a de Kooning?]

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[The Biddies are just delighted.  We recently heard Reetz is already planning her next 20 visits to Europe!  🙂   ]

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[“Colossus of the Nile”]

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[We’ve finished lunch and . . .]

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[All roads lead to the Tower?]

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[The Obelisk of Luxor in Place de la Concorde, the opposite end of the Tuileries from the Louvre.  The cops obviously heard we were in town!]

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[You’ve probably heard of this before?  It’s at . . .]

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[The Musee de l’Orangerie, still in the “flight path” from the Louvre to the Tower.   ]

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[The Orangerie features the impressionists, much to the delight of The Biddies.  There was no inside photography allowed however, so I took a shot out the window.  🙂  ]

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[A couple of closer-upper looks at the Obelisk of Luxor as we continued our adventure toward . . .]

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[The Arch de Triomphe . . .]

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[Down the Champs Elysees.  It’s farther away than it looks, so The Biddies decided not to make this trek with us.]

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[French author Alphonse Daudet, as we continued toward the Arc.  One of his more memorable quotes was, “You can call me Al,” which later went on to become a famous lyric in a Paul Simon song.]

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[Believed to be the Petit Palais . . . ]

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[Though none of the internet photo posters deigned to take a shot from this angle on the other side of the Champs Elysees.  😉  ]

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[Ms. Monroe now appears to be the poster child for every film festival.]

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[Yeah, he slept here . . . ]

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[Not too far from here, where he probably went for evening entertainment.]

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[Little did we know that King Tut was in town . . . not to mention King Luis and ’57 Chevy!]

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[No, I did not shop here.]

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[The Arc is in a traffic circle, about 400 lanes wide.  It would be impossible to cross above ground . . . so they built a tunnel.]

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[And here we are . . . ]

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[Bill decided that he, and I, would take the narrow spiral stair case to the top – some 280 steps!]

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[We made it!  And the view down the Champs Elysees was worth it!  😉  ]

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[Montmartre, the hill in the distance will come into play at the bottom of this posting.]

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[Views all around.]

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[I was surprised that none of us wanted to go the top of the Tower – the lines I suppose.  But Bill also thought the view from the top of the Arc would be even better.  Well, for one thing, you get a bird’s-eye view of the Tower.  😉 ]

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[Bill secures a photo op spot . . .]

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[Then shoots me in my Mary Tyler Moore moment!]

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[Have you been counting the number of Tower shots?  I think it’s over three now?]

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[A couple last shots on a walk around . . .]

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[Commercial Paris?]

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[A closer upper view of the Basilica of Sacre Coeur on Montmartre.]

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[This is the city . . .]

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[Back down on street level, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.]

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[An Arc support.]

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[And the whole thing as we head for home.]

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[Bert and Kathy may have gone back to Huntington, WV, but we found Bert’s bar!]

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[Paris, the Tower and the Seine.]

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[Crossing the Seine.]

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[Unbeknownst to us during the day’s activities, Elizabeth had a plan for the evening.  A café on Montmartre appealed to her sense of dining adventure.  And what fun, the classic subway exit/entrance at Montmartre.  🙂    ]

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[Let’s just walk around the area . . . ]

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[Just your basic avant-garde dining area.  😉   ]

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[But we’re not there yet . . . we have to take the Funiculaire to the top of the hill.  Our subway tickets worked for this.]

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[Up we go . . . ]

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[Soon to have . . . ]

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[A view of . . . ]

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[Paris!  (You were expecting . . . Milwaukee?)]

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[It was getting late but the sun stays up late here.]

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[Finally, a spot where we couldn’t see the Tower.  It was about 20 degrees further right of this photo.]

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[The Sacre Coeur was behind us.  I guess people were sitting on the steps waiting for the City of Lights to . . . light up?]

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[Can you find Anne, Elizabeth and Bill at the top of the stairs.]

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[Quite the viewing area.]

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[Just going to see if anything was around the corner?]

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[I walked down a set of stairs to shoot back up at The Biddies.]

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[Well, who needs the City of Lights?  We were hungry and it was probably 10:00.  So we  walked down about half of what the Funiculaire took us up in search of Elizabeth’s café.]

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[And here it is – Chez Marie!  🙂  ]

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[Tiny little place – could probably seat about 20?  The super liked the wall of kitties.]

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[The party attempts menu comprehension, while enjoying the ambience.]

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[Merci beaucoup again to Elizabeth for finding this place.  It was a perfect ending for a perfect day.]

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[The stairs from whence we came.]

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[Mmmmm, this is good!]

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[OK, I can’t remember what we all had, but it was very tasty.  Looks like I had a soup or stew?]

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[And now it’s dark . . . and way past our bedtime.  We had to hit the subway, with a transfer, to get back home.]

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[Waitin’ for the train.  Don’t get me started about why the Twin Cities absolutely needs a commuter/tourist light rail system!]

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[Back at the hotel, we hied the three blocks for this view.  It must have been 11:00, because the Tower puts on a light show the first ten minutes after the top of the hour.]

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[The end of a most memorable day.  Bonsoir!]

One of the many advantages of having a boyfriend who is half French is that his culinary repertoire extends beyond mac and cheese. Plus, there’s the kissing.  ~  Meg Cabot

Up next:  It’s a surprise!

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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