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Europe (July 2004), 1600x1200
Europe (July 2004) / Gallery root
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And from the Pantheon, we could see the Eiffel Tower, now lit up in the distance.
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Eric decided to stay in the hotel, but I headed back out to do some more wandering. Here is Notre Dame at night.
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A blurry view of the back of Notre Dame at night. After this, it started raining.
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I made it over to the Bastille, seen here in the rain, and then I wandered around until I found my way back to the hotel.
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The next day we woke up bright and early and headed for the Louvre. On the way, we crossed the Seine.
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Approaching the pyramid at the Louvre, which is the main entrance.
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In line at the Louvre.
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Underneath the pyramid.
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Inside, we started in the French sculpture section.
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The 'Tomb of Philippe Pot.'
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Detail of some sort of sculpture.
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An hour and a half later, we were still in the French sculpture section, which is really only about a fourth of one of the four floors of the Louvre.
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We decided to move on to the Mesopotamian artifacts. Here is the Hammurabi Stone.
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In the Antique Iran area, we encountered this pilla from the Capital of Apadana.
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And in the Pharaonic Egypt section were various sarcophogi.
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Moving into the Greek Antiquities, there was a huge crowd around this statue of Aphrodite, known as 'Venus de Milo.'
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This was also a popular one, 'The Winged Victory of Samothrace.'
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In Roman Antiquities was the 'Borghese Gladiator.'
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And in Italian Sculptures was 'The Dying Slave,' by Michelangelo.
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Up one floor was the most famous painting in the world, 'Mona Lisa' by da Vinci, and of course, no pictures were allowed.
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The 'Mona Lisa' room was a madhouse. Here people are streaming out of the exit.
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This tremendous hall leads away from the 'Mona Lisa' and is full of Italian paintings.
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Later on, we encountered some Napoleonic apartments.
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Napolean had it pretty good.
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I can only imagine the kind of food that was served at that table.
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Six or so hours after we entered, we emerged from the Louvre and headed back to the Left Bank toward the Eiffel Tower.
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A monument, apparently to peace, enroute to the Eiffel Tower.
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The Eiffel Tower, from Ecole Militaire.
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Of course, we walked toward the Eiffel Tower. Who wouldn't? Here is a closer look.
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Me, in front of the Eiffel Tower.
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A still-closer view of the Eiffel Tower.
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And still closer.
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And now so close that I couldn't fit the whole thing in view. The plaza under the Tower was pretty busy.
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A look up from underneath the Eiffel Tower.
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Back toward the way we came from the other side of the Eiffel Tower.
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Ow.
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Across the river from the Tower is the Palais de Chaillot.
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The Eiffel Tower, from the Palais de Chaillot.
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Another shot from the Palais de Chaillot.
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Next, we hopped on a metro and headed out to La Defense, the huge new downtown area a little ways away from most of the main attractions.
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