These are all scanned pictures of Paris, France from our trip to France in 1999. This is page two of two.


The good news is that you can go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The bad news is that I haven't met anybody yet who visited when the elevator was working. Here's a picture of the stairs. The monument is 164 feet tall. It's not a terrible climb; just enough to keep it from getting crowded at the top. Still, if I were old or had a bag leg or whatever I'd be disappointed. This shot was hand-held.


Here's a little slice of the view from the Arc de Triomphe. You can see there are lots of streets that meet in a roundabout. It's like that all the way around. The roundabout is roughly 10 lanes across. I say "roughly" because you will note that there are no actual markings, signals, stop signs, etc. etc. It's absolutely amazing to stand up there and watch the drivers. There's an amazing combination of skill, luck, and stupidity. Incidentally, this is why you should not drive in Paris in a nutshell.


The Venus de Milo. She's at the Louvre, and as you might expect there are huge crowds. But they're all in front, because that's the famous view. If you see a picture of her, it will almost always be from a certain angle. But like many three dimensional pieces of art, she looks great at all angles.





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