Napoleon the first was a big collector of Egyptian items...of course he conquered the country, so he took what he wanted in Egypt.
Ramses the First
A tomb entrance carving
Paintings on the ceilings all over the Louve were huge. This one is probably 20 feet by 40 feet.
All over this former palace were ornate rooms, hallways and floors. Each area was differently styles.
Another ceiling painting. There were probably a hundred ceiling paintings.
A view of a totally encloesd inner courtyard. All this is still Louve...
The Venus de Milo. We also saw the Mona Lisa, but no pictures were allowed in that area of the museum.
It's not a bad scupture, but just like the Mona Lisa, the item is more famous than least to me.
By this time, ,we had only seen less than a third of the Louve building..and it was late in the afternoon.
This sculpture is a trick one. If you look at it from this side, you see a beautiful woman. If you look at the other side, you see a male piece of anatomy....:)
This area was used by the Kings to pass judgement on his subjects court cases. The entrance here is where the petitioiners would come in. Above, would be where musicians would play to keep the King from being too bored.
Ancient tiles from Pompeii.
Another palace gallery filled with statues...
Time for lunch, we we wandered a block or two away and ate lunch. We ate outside the Cafe, and had the best pasta in our was Awesome!
Then we strolled down to the Seine river.
Here is a shot of me with the Notre Dame island area behind me.


Proceeded by a Gallo-Roman temple to Jupiter, a Christian basilica, and a Romanesque church, construction of Notre-Dame de Paris began in 1163 during the reign of Louis VII. Pope Alexander III laid the foundation stone. The idea to replace the Romanesque church occupying the site - the Cathedral of St. Etienne (founded by Childebert in 528) - was that of Bishop Maurice de Sully (who died in 1196). (Some accounts claim that there were two churches existing on the site, one to the Virgin Mary, the other to St. Stephen.) Construction was completed roughly 200 years later in about 1345.

Teresa poses with the Notre Dame island complex behind her. Good wallpaper sized image!
Me with the same shot behind me.
The French Assembly building.
A shot of a bridge over the Seinne leading to the island.
Another view. There are alot of bridges over the Seinne, and they are almost all very ornate and beautiful.
Teresa poses, with pillars of triumph behind her.
We wandered up the river, looking at bridges and government buildings that dated back hundreds of years.
In the background is the Eiffle Tower. A good landmark to keep you from getting lost...
Here is the Grand Exposition Center. It was closed while we were there, as they prepared for a new exhibit. It is several hundred years old, and very beautiful.
Across the street is the "little" exhibition hall.
Heh...this is the "litle one". It was having a Monet exhibit at the time. But by now, after several thousand paintings, Teresa and I were "painting out".
These bronze horses were at the top of the entrance to the Grand Hall.
A shot of us on the bridge, with the Eiffle Tower behind us. Good wallpaper!
It was raining very faintly. A tour boat passed below was very romantic. But also a little chilly...
We crossed the bridge and headed to Napoleon's Tomb..
His tomb is in a church, built into the "Old Soldiers" home built by Louie the 15th, back in the 1700's.
In front were many cannons captured by the French Army during the wars.
Some were very ornate, some had battle damage.
Inside the courtyard. No pictures were allowed inside the tomb area itself.
A statue of the man himself, Napoleon Bonaparte, the first.
A view from the other side of the building as we exited...
A statue in a park near our hotel.
The Eiffle Tower at night from our hotel room. They light the tower up until midnight each night.
The next morning we left our a paid tour of the Palace of Versailles. It was built by Louis XIV. He was called the Sun-King, a descendant
of the Bourons family. Born in 1638, he became king at 5 years old ...although his mother and the countries minister really ran the country until he grew older. His family fled when he was a child from Paris due to civil unrest.
They lived in country estates, and he took effective reign
in 1661, where he revealed a taste for absolute power. He built Versailles to it's level of grandure, because he wanted the best palace in France.
His treasury minister had a better one originally, so the king threw him in prison and had this palace built, to be the best in the land. The tall structure in this imaage is the cathederal of the palace.
It is a huge complex, with a thousand acres of gardens and parks. This is a view of the backside of the main building.
The hall of mirrors.
Looking out into grounds form the side wing.
Apartmenbts of the King. He would stay here when he was not living with his many mistresses on the other side of the gardens.
And of course decorated ceilings. were everywhere
The famous horse fountain in the garden.
A hallway leading from the queens chambers to the kings chambers.