|Lines to get in can be avoided by buying tickets at the Tabac before you go in|
|Spring break....so lots of people|
|You have to fight your way up to the front, but a Japanese woman took our picture|
|wrestling match with Angles|
|Napoleon in his famous pose|
|Delacroix - Liberte|
|Can't remember the name of this one but it is great|
|Lady Venus d Milo|
|Dying slave by Michelangelo|
|Psyche and Cupid by Canova|
|ceilings are fabulous|
|The three nymphs|
|Even cuticles on the statues...how do they do that in marble?|
|We saw this last year at the Uffitzi.|
Ok. Enough of that. Tired, hot, exhausted and filled up with art, we came back to the neighborhood and had a pichet of wine (50 cl) and chips at the corner, then came home to rest.
|Walk through the Tulleries|
|Everyone is out enjoying the day|
|The Arc du Triomphe....just up the street from our apartment|
|The Chinese President is here, so the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.|
|He was in the area so the Champs Elysee was closed for a few minutes|
|Normally this could never happen with the 6 lanes of traffic|
Decided on dinner out later. About 9:00 we went out. We went to an old favorite around the corner, Belinis. Which is actually an Italian place. Hasn't changed a bit since 2005. I had Languostine Rissoto, and Jerry had the house special pasta that they prepare at the table. And Chianti Classico, of course, Italian wine.
|In this huge wheel of Parmesan he pours lit Cognac to melt some of the cheese|
|Then he adds the hot pasta and stirs it up|
|Adds black pepper and Voila!|
It was a good meal. We finished with sorbet and Lemonchello. Fun night!
Friday we took a train out 50 miles to Chartes, France. Which only has one claim to fame that we know about....the famous Chartes Cathedral. Built in the early days, burned in 1157, rebuilt in Gothic times within 60 years (not 400 like so many) so the architecture is very cohesive. And it is gorgeous.
|Jerry and the "guys" at the Brasserie we ate lunch at|
|The left spire was built in 1257, the right one survived the fire so it is much earlier|
I'm just going to show the pictures because it speaks for itself.
|These are 12th century stain glass windows that were removed during the war and kept safe, then re-leaded and put back in|
|There are 4 rose windows|
|This is at the back of the church. If you could lay it down it would fit in ......|
|this, which is called the labyrinth. It is a puzzle that people walk on to say prayers.|
We of course, just walked over it because we are so stupid.
|The choir which looks like wood carving but it is stone|
|Our lady of the Pillar|
|each section tells a different Bible story|
|Piece of Mary's veil|
|Pillars are HUGE|
|The blue Mary|
|18th century altar piece of the assumption|
|Jerry lights another candle|
Really amazing. Went to catch the train back but had to wait a little.
|This is for Doug and Sara.....Sauterne|
Had reservations at a new place in the neighborhood. La Gazette. Amazing service and food. More about that on the next post. Ciao!