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Day 1 - Cathedral of Notre Dame

After the EuroRail ride from London, under the English Channel, to Paris, we got on a bus to our first stop in Paris, Notre Dame.

Day 1 - Inside the Cathedral

This is an active church/cathedral, though they allow tourist access and picture taking.

Day 1 - Eiffel Tower at Night

The tour of Paris took us on a “Paris by Night” excursion and ended at the Eiffel Tower at 10pm when they had blinking lights for about 5-10 minutes.

Day 1 - Joyce at the Eiffel Tower

Joyce taking a selfie at the Eiffel Tower at night.

Day 1 - Check In

This is the hotel we stayed in, in Paris.

Day 2 - Eiffel Tower by Day

This is our second trip to the Eiffel Tower and we had a little more time to go up it, but only to the second level.

Day 2 - Ground View of Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was opened in 1889 for the World's Fair. Many Parisians hated it and wanted it removed after the fair.

Day 2 - From Second Level

It looks like the 3rd level is where the restaurant is.

Day 2 - Ben and Joyce

Little cooler in France than in North Carolina

Day 2 - Ben and Joyce

Paris in the background.

Day 2 - Downtown Paris

From the Eiffel Tower 2nd level toward Paris' city center.

Day 2 - The River Seine

Flowing along the Eiffel Tower is the River Seine and a view of old Paris.

Day 2 - More of the River Seine

Looking toward the north east from the Eiffel Tower.

Day 2 - Napolean Boneparte Interment?

I can't be sure the domed building is The Dôme des Invalides, because we never visited the building that Napolean Bonaparte is buried. I took this photo from the Effel Tower with a telephoto lens.

Day 2 - More of the River Seine

Looking toward the west from the Effel Tower 2nd level.

Day 2 - Church 0n Montmartre, Paris

After the tour of the Eiffel Tower, we took a bus to Montmartre, a hilly area in Paris. This is the church that is at the top of the hill.

Day 2 - Globus Group Lunch 1

At Montmartre our tour group had lunch. There was a stage next to our table and I took the opportunity to take photos of our group. May have left a couple people out.

Day 2 - Globus Group Lunch 2

At Montmartre our tour group had lunch. This is our table, had a better angle on them.

Day 2 - Starbucks at Montmartre

It was nothing unusual to see a Starbucks, Five Guys, McDonalds and Subway in London, Paris or Barcelona.

Day 2 - The Lido

The Lido on Avenue des Champs-Élysées. We saw an adult (some topless dancers) cabaret show here that was fantastic.

Day 2 - Inside The Lido

Inside the Lido, we had great seats, some felt it was too close. Was able to take photos prior to the main attraction, but none during the main event.

Day 3 - Outer Wall

As we walked into the Louvre, the guide explained that the wall was the original wall of the building and the walkway we were on was a moat.

Day 3 - The Louvre

We did a tour of The Louvre, the guide took us to see the most popular exhibits. It would take days to go through the entire building.

Day 3 - Michaelangelo

This is one of only a few of Michaelangelo's art in the Louvre. Most of Michaelangelo's work is in Italy.

Day 3 - Mona Lisa

It is a little strange to see the original painting of the Mona Lisa, though from an unprofessional eye, it doesn't look much different than some of the high resolution copies.

Day 3 - Joyce and The Mona Lisa

I've heard from other people who've been here to see this painting, that it's not that big. So, I wasn't surprised at the small size.

Day 3 - Mona LIsa from the Side

The room that the Mona Lisa is in, is surrounded by much larger paintings, making it seem somewhat smaller than it is.

Day 3 - Joyce at Hotel

We were waiting for the tour guide to direct us to our last evening with our tour group. This is in the hotel lobby of the Les Jardins du Marais

Day 3 - Last Night at Dinner

This is the group at our table, without me of course, from left to right, the first couple is from New Zealand and the second couple are from Canada (British Columbia). We had a very interesting conversation with this group regarding each couple's country.

Day 3 - Back to the Hotel

This is the last night of the tour and from here on we will be on our own.

Day 4 - Streets of Paris

We had the last breakfast with the tour group and said our goodbyes. Some were taking other tours while others were heading home. We still had 2 more days in Paris and decided to take a long walk. Here we had lunch.

Day 4 - Cafe's of Paris

Along our 6-hour walk, we stopped along the way and browsed in shops and I took a lot of photos. This is a typical cafe, notice the Starbucks next door.

Day 4 - Galleries Lafayette

What we would call a mall, Galleries Lafayette, had at least 4 buildings, one on each corner. We walked into one of them, notice the ornate architecture and advertisement with Jennifer Lawrence's face. This is the same ad that they use in the U.S., saw it at Tyson's Corner, VA, when we returned home.

Day 4 - Galleries Lafayette Building

We went inside, but never did much shopping there, like Harrods in London, prices are very high and appeared to be all top quality brands.

Day 4 - Gold

It's amazing how many buildings and statues were lined with gold.

Day 4 - Snack

Inside one of the mall buidings was mostly food. Here we stopped and had beignets and drinks. The French sure know how to make this type food delicious.

Day 4 - Marilyn Monroe

Did not see a lot of this along our walk, but it's inevitable that you'll see this in every major city in the world.

Day 4 - Fashionable

Even during contruction, the French want this to look real.

Day 4 - Tunnel

After 6 hours and 5 miles, we reached the Arc de Triomphe, but couldn't figure out how to get across the street to get closer. I put one photo of the Arc on Facebook and mentioned that we didn't know how to get to the other side of the road, when a friend comments that there was a tunnel on the right of the picture. Lo and behold, I actually took a pictute of the direction sign to the tunnel.

Day 4 - Arc de Triomphe

Took this photo as we were crossing the street. The tunnel to the Arc is on the other side of the bus.

Day 4 - The Circle

The Arc de Triomphe is in the middle of a circle.

Day 4 - More Arc de Triomphe

Some last photos before we head back to the a cab.

Day 4 - Mercury and Gold

I assume this is a statue of Mercury with gold plating.

Day 5 - Street Market

We decided we would look for a different breakfast place when we awoke. We never found anything worthwhile, but we did find the open street market. Nothing we could use, but fun walking around it. Seems Europeans are not breakfast people.

Day 5 - Fruit

Maybe because we were not satisfied with breakfast, but the fruits and vegetables look so much better in Europe.

Day 5 - Olives

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I like olives. Not the preserved kind, but the ones with little preservatives. I ate many of them in our 1977 visit to Spain. Since then, I haven't been able to find them but a couple times.

Day 5 - Flowers

The flowers are also beautiful.

Day 5 - Giverny/Monet

We took a bus tour to Giverny at the home of Claude Monet. This appears to be crocuses coming up, but this was in September.

Day 5 - Monet's Home

The home that Monet created his art along with the grounds and ponds that he painted.

Day 5 - Purple Flowers

Not sure what these flowers are, but the Monet property has what appears to be thousands of varieties of flowers.

Day 5 - Pink Flowers

One of the thousands of varieties of flowers on the Monet property.

Day 5 - Walkway

This appears to have been a walkway at one time, the visitors are not allowed in this area now.

Day 5 - Inside the Monet Home

The rooms are beautiful and each has a different color theme. This is the bedroom, they said it was  as Monet left it.

Day 5 - The Kitchen

Appears that the cooks like copper pots or maybe during that time period it was the easiest to obtain.

Day 5 - The Bedroom

A different angle of the bedroom. Appears that many the hallways are for much shorter people than are alive today.

Day 5 - The Kitchen Sink

Just one spigot, I assume they heated hot water on the stove.

Day 5 - The Store

There are plenty of copies of Monet's work for sale in the store.

Day 5 - Lilly Pond

Not an art aficionado, but to me the paintings of the ponds are the most beautiful. Here's where he did many of those paintings.

Day 5 - Lilly Pads

The hanging willow oak in contrast with the lilly pads is what caught my eye.

Day 5 - White Roses

These white roses stood out in a mostly shaded area.

Day 5 - Napolean Bonaparte Tomb

Once again, we see this gold dome that I believe is Dôme des Invalides, where Napolean Bonaparte is buried. His remains were moved from the island of St. Helena (South Atlantic) to France in 1840.

Day 5 - Different Angel of Eiffel Tower

On the way back from Giverny, we passed along a river and park area and saw some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower that we've seen so far. Unfortunately, the bus didn't stop and I had to take the photos through the window.