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Ornamentation surrounding the ceiling underneath l'Arc de Triomphe.

aturday began with l'Arc de Triomphe.  The first thing we saw after emerging from the underground was this fountain.  The view from atop l'Arc de Triomphe is amazing.  The French Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies at the base of the arch.

After a brisk walk back down the l'Avenue des Champs Elysees, we found ourselves at a crepe stand.  We passed the Grand Palais (bottom) before crossing the Seine.  We attempted to go into the National Assembly (top), but language barriers kept us off the entrance list so we moved on. 

We headed toward the Musee d'Orsay where we viewed the Monets, the Manets and the original Whistler's Mother.  This clock hangs in the Musee d'Orsay.

Next stop?  The Rive Gauche and Notre Dame (top right).  After we left the cathedral, we stopped at Quasimoto's café for a sandwich and bought some souvenirs.

We caught a bus and headed toward (we thought) the Eiffel Tower.  Okay, we were lost.  We got off the bus and checked the map.  It began to rain.  We realized we were closer to the Hard Rock Café than we were to the Eiffel Tower so we trekked to the Hard Rock for some refreshment and a T-shirt.

We made it to the Eiffel Tower that night, but we were too late to go to the top.  We ended the day at Chesterfield's, a blues bar off the Champs Elysees, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  I found it ironic the band playing that night calls Chicago home.


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