I don't recall much about the Chunnel -- the tunnel beneath the English Channel that connects England and France -- other than we were viewing the French countryside dotted with church steeples in no time as the train zipped along at 185 mph.
And then Paris -- a city that is a feast for the eyes. So much to see and do, and like London, so little time to take it all in.
|Basilica of Parve du Sacre-Coeur|
The following day a local guide took us through Gardens of Luxembourg and Notre-Dame Cathedral as well as giving us a feel for how some Parisians live in this city of 2.2 million. Notre-Dame, which took nearly 200 years to build before completion in 1345, is an architectural marvel of French Gothic design.
|One of the many places in the Gardens of Luxembourg|
|The western side of Notre-Dame.|
The next day we took a bus tour of some of the sights, which gave us a feel for the lay of the city. Mary and I then ventured out on foot to take in some other places.
|The Arc de Triomphe|
While walking down the Champs-Elysees, after viewing the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, Mary wanted a milkshake so we stopped at McDonald's. She went to the counter and placed her order, and came back with a warm cup of milk and a packet of chocolate mix -- for hot chocolate. I ended up drinking it. (I did go out later that day at a McDonald's near our hotel and bought her a chocolate sundae).
|The Grand Palais, home of French presidents|
|Our accordion player|
|Night cruise on the Seine|
|A glittering Eiffel Tower|
One guide was upset about the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper (689 feet) as well as other tall buildings being planned as being distractions for the cityscape that has been dominated for so long (since 1889) by the iconic Eiffel Tower. I agree. The Eiffel Tower is a signature structure, one of the most recognizable in the world that helps define the elegance and grandeur of this breathtaking city.
|The Eiffel Tower as seen from The Louvre's grounds|
Here are a few more images:
|A young couple having wedding photos |
taken at the Basilica of Parve du Sacre-Coeur
|National Academy of Music|
|Church of St. Augustine|
|A garden area shared by apartment dwellers|
|French philosopher and statesmen JulesSimon|
|Rear of Paris Opera Building|
|One of the many impressive buildings|
I'm glad I was able to experience three days in Paris as an old man for I know it will stay with me until the day I die.
And finally, that famous line in the movie, "Casablanca," when Rick Blaine said to Ilsa Lund, "We'll always have Paris."
Yes, thankfully, we will.
Until the next time...