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Since arriving in Paris, I have seen a lot - the Arc de Triomphe (The grave of the unknown soldier is under the arch), the Assemblée Nationale, which seats the French Parliament, and was designed by Giardini and Gabriel in 1728, the Notre Dame Cathedral - an Impressive Gothic cathedral that was the inspiration for Victor Hugo's novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," and the Sacré Coeur - a church perched on top of the highest point in Paris. Behind the church is the artists' area. We also went to the Louve, where we saw the Mona Lisa and the Venus De Milo. Tomorrow we will go to the Eiffel Tower.

My Parisan friend Anne-Laure has been kind enough to offer me shelter, and also show me around Paris. She also introduced me to her very lovely Parisan friends (the introductory kissing took some getting used to at first!) as well as wine, sausage, and cheese.


Posted by e1quarnst 04:00

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Besides Anne-Laure and her lovely Parisian friends do you like the feeling of people in France? There are so many stereotypes that Americans have. I really would like to know how you, a person of Heart and Soul and a world traveller, feels about French people.

by Terry Liu

I am wondering if young Europeans feel more world citizens, than their parents and grandparents. Perhaps they can show us that a person can be at once proud of their culture and country, but accepting of others. Enjoy the wine and cheese!


by glq

Montmartre I remember exactly as pictured -- but the Louvre has changed what with that new glass thing like a pyramid or triangle -- I remember it from the Da Vinci Code. Haven't been to Paris since 1984 (except transitting through DeGaulle Aiorport a couple times.) Have a good time.

by tomq

Erik! I love your pictures. I'm totally jealous of your European adventure. Make sure to eat lots of decadent food while you are there!

by HMQ

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