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Georgia Tech has a Paris Summer Program for a small select group of students, and Kathy, who teaches in the Georgia Tech graduate program, agreed to a teaching assignment in the Paris program this year.  We figured there are worse places to spend two weeks.   We had a great time in Paris, I would not mind at all if Kathy accepted this tough assignment again sometime. 

Some views of Paris.

Pictured below is the Georgia Tech apartment, on the left, second down from the top, with great views.  The next two pictures are of the living room in this 4 room apartment. Note the floor to ceiling windows which offer great daylight to the interior throughout the apartment.

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The next two pictures are from the balcony, a nice neighborhood, with a Metro stop across the street, and great restaurants and open air fruit and vegetable markets nearby.

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No visit to Paris would be complete without a stop by the Eiffel Tower.  The waiting in line was a little too much for me, but I'm still glad we did it.

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Below is a shot from about half way up the Eiffel Tower, looking toward the Ecole Militaire (school).  We went all the way up to the top, but my pictures from there are not very good.

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When leaving the Eiffel after dark we saw the full moon rising over the Ecole Militaire, framed by the underside of the tower.

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Below are a few shots of the Louvre area.  The world's largest museum is a great place to visit, but you will need more than just one full day.  We spent one day there and saw maybe one-third of what the Louvre offers.

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Below is a picture of the sculpture "Milo of Crotona" on the lower ground floor.

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Below is a shot of Cesar Santos sketching the Milo sculpure.  Cesar is a talented artist who we had the pleasure of meeting at the Louvre. 

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We viewed many paintings by the world's masters, like this original Rembrandt below.

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Below is a picture of a ceiling painting that measures approximately 20 feet by 30 feet.  This is representative of large ceiling paintings in maybe two to three dozen rooms in the Louvre.

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Of course there is also Leonardo de Vinci and the Mona Lisa.  Below is how she looks from a distance on the wall in the Louvre, behind thick protective glass.

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And below is how she would look if you could get close enough to really see her.

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Below is Aphrodite, known as Venus de Milo.

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There is a large area devoted to Egyptian Antiquities, as below, one of my favorite areas.  There is so much more to see than is possible in just one day.  The Louvre has a great website.  If you want to see more of what it has to offer, click on the link below.  After the site comes up, there is an "English" version button.

Click here to jump to http://www.louvre.fr

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We did not know that Jolie had already expanded her business activity to Paris, imagine our surprise at seeing her store below.

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Pictured below is what is left of an old colonnade in Parc Monceau, a late 18th-century large public park with many walking paths that connect with several adjacent high-end residential neighborhoods.  We found this park on one of our walks from the Georgia Tech apartment.

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Below is Napoleon's Arc de Triommphe, completed in 1836.  And they say he also had a big ego, go figure.

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Below are a couple of shots of Cathedrale de Notre-Dame, built between 1163 and 1334.  Who was it that said the back side of Notre-Dame was one of the two best looking things he had ever seen?  And what was the second?  You baseball fans might know the answer.

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Below is a statue of St. Michel at Place St. Michel in the Latin Quarter, an area so named because of the many early Latin-speaking students.

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Below is the Pantheon, conceived by Louis XV to honor Sainte Genevieve, which was completed in 1790.  The interior is more impressive than the exterior. 

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Below is a picture of Salvador Dali, a Spanish artist, whose works we viewed at an exhibition in the Espace Montmartre.

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In addition to paintings, Dali also produced many sculptures, one of which is shown below.  The head and face are replaced by a melting clock, something about beauty being temporary and art being permanent.

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Below are shots of the Montmartre area.  Very artsy and very crowded, maybe because it was a holiday.

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Below is the Musee d' Orsay, home of many orginal works by the world's greatest artists.  The building was converted to a museum from its former use as a train station.

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The interior of the Musee d' Orsay is open and bright.  Like the Louvre, the building and its interior spaces are just as interesting as its unique contents.

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Here you can find lots of original works by famous artists like Van Gogh and Monet.

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Musee d' Orsay has a website which can be reached by clicking on the link below.

Click here for http://www.musee-orsay.fr

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Back to the Arc de Triomphe and a climb up to the top for a few pictures of the Paris skyline.

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From the top of the Arc, this is looking down the Champs Elysees toward the Louvre at the end of this grand avenue.

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Again from the top of the Arc looking in the opposite direction down the Avenue de la Grand Armee.

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Below is how the Eiffel Tower looks from the top of the Arc.

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When is comes to finding a good place to eat in Paris, you never have to travel very far.  You can find a sidewalk cafe or two or three on every block, and no matter which one you choose, chances are the food will be excellent.

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Below is a couple of photos taken at Versailles.  Walking around this grand estate you can begin to better understand why heads rolled back in the 1790's.  There is now underway a serious restoration effort, estimated to take 12 to 15 years, that will restore Versailles to how it appeared before the revolution during the reign of Louis XVI.

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