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By: Linnor Marie

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Paris, France, Our Last Day in Europe...

Pity! Notre Dame was all messy that day
We didn't include the garbage in this shot
The ornate portal
By the portal
Inside the cathedral
Jerry in front of the Palace of Justice
That's me across the street and the Conciergerie
 
 
Some government buildings
The imposing and magnificent facade of the Sacre Coeur
We made it to the top by walking the steep slope
Another great shot!
The view from the Sacre Coeur
View of the Sacre Coeur from below
Jerry at the Moulin Rouge
Musee d'Orsay
"Bal du Moulin de la Gallette, Montmartre", by Renoir
"La chambre de Van Gogh a Arles", by Van Gogh
"Portrait de l'artiste", by Van Gogh
"Jeunes filles au piano", by Renoir
 
Outside of the Musee d' Orsay
Musee d' Orsay going to Louvre
It was hot and balmy that day.
We were evidently tanned in front of Venus of Milo
Aphrodite called the Venus of Milo
Beating the 5:30 PM closing time to look for
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa
 
 
Approaching La Tour Eiffel
View from the 1st level
Altitude
View of Palais de Chaillot from Eiffel
Paris skyline at 10:00 PM
Ecole Militaire and Montparnasse
Jerry and me with the grand dame
Ah! La Tour Eiffel - since 1889
 
 
Eiffel Tower the morning after
Arc de Triomphe bade goodbye on our way to CDG
Our last French meal
June 22 - Jerry and I badly needed to rest after having spent two consecutive nights on the train to and from Lourdes. On the other hand, we also felt we had to cover the landmarks that Junnie and Mitzi drew out for us as our itinerary.

With determination, we mustered all our remaining energy and tried to rev up our adrenaline as early as 7:30AM and headed for the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. That was after disembarking from the train station and making a short stop at our hotel.

According to a venerable tradition, it was in Notre Dame that the Lady appeared to St. Dominic and revealed the importance and the value of praying the Holy Rosary.

Below are short descriptions of all the landmarks/monuments that we saw.

(- from tripadvisor.com:

Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre-Dame-de-Paris)
This famous cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture on which construction began in the 12th century, stands on the �le de la Cité and is the symbolic heart of the city.

Conciergerie
This former jail, which held prisoners during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, is now open to the public.

Montmartre
Located in the 18th Arrondissement, this elevated rural neighborhood on the outskirts of the city has a collection of upscale shops and cafés and still exudes hints of old village charm.

Sacre-Coeur
This Montmartre landmark, a 19th-century basilica built by the French government following the Franco-Prussian War, features a large medieval dome that provides excellent views of the city.

Moulin Rouge
This risqué world-famous cabaret, performed in a 19th-century windmill, has been exciting audiences since 1900.

Musee d'Orsay
This beautiful museum, once a railroad station, now houses a staggering collection of Impressionist art, as well as other items created from 1848-1914.

The Louvre (Musee du Louvre)
Home to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Louvre is considered the world's greatest art museum, with an unparalleled collection of items covering the full spectrum of art through the ages.

River Seine
This famous river flows from east to west through the heart of the city and divides Paris's Left Bank and Right Bank.

Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)
Completed in 1889, this colossal landmark, although initially hated by many Parisians, is now a famous symbol of French civic pride.)


Well, as in all fairy tales, every story would soon come to an end. The curtains are about to be drawn. Our Europe experience, a story in itself, is about to be concluded in a bittersweet finale. It's not something that's too easy to let go. Europe was home to us for 18 memorable days and it has profoundly affected our lives. We have "formed new memories" enough to last a lifetime. We hope to come back to make more memories with and to pass on to the next generation.

For now, all we could say is "Au revoir!". Till we meet again!


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