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Goodbye Country Three

Je suis Americani

I am an American, but it seems that places in France want to imitate American styles. But why do they seem to select such odd ways?
For example, this sign Senior Solutions with window displays for all sorts of infirmities. Why did they choose English?
Same in Any Language

Same in Any Language


How is an American Car Wash different from a French one? Or do they only wash American brands or for only Americans?
It's Not Like French Kissing

It's Not Like French Kissing


Yankee Candle - Why

Yankee Candle - Why


No one in North America would rent a vacation unit with a garden that looked like this.
This Is NOT a Beautiful Garden

This Is NOT a Beautiful Garden


If they had, I would have been able to demand a refund.

We don't have these in America - do we? I love it. I want one.
When the Audi Expires

When the Audi Expires

I Don't Even Know What It Is

I Don't Even Know What It Is


This is delightful, but I am ready for a good ol' American breakfast at Jelly's.
petit-déjeuner classique

petit-déjeuner classique


I am also ready for drip coffee service in hotel rooms.
No More Nescafe

No More Nescafe


Au revoir, Paris.
CDG Airport Shuttle

CDG Airport Shuttle

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Country Three - Images

J'aime Paris

This listing will include photos to show why everyone loves Paris.
Morning

Morning

My Studio Apartment

My Studio Apartment


Unless something extremely interesting overcomes me as I post these I will probably omit any narrative.
From My Window at Dusk

From My Window at Dusk

An Early Morning Walk A;long the Seine

An Early Morning Walk A;long the Seine

Weekend in the Park at 100 Degrees

Weekend in the Park at 100 Degrees

Iconic Site

Iconic Site


Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville


At Last a Protestant Church

At Last a Protestant Church

Modern Art in Traditional Garden

Modern Art in Traditional Garden

Angels and Gargoyles Are Everywhere

Angels and Gargoyles Are Everywhere


Another Ornate Building

Another Ornate Building

Another Bridge Another Photo

Another Bridge Another Photo


My First Front Door

My First Front Door

They Worked Out I Watched

They Worked Out I Watched


My Little Balcony in the AM

My Little Balcony in the AM

From My Window at Dusk

From My Window at Dusk


Stairway at My New Flat

Stairway at My New Flat


We Need These

We Need These


If you don't know how to use these, read this.
Some Have Beattiful Walkways

Some Have Beattiful Walkways

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Country Three - Paris

Enjoying a Bit of Art

Welcome to the Louvre

Welcome to the Louvre


My third time in Paris, so I must finally visit the Louvre.
The Perfect Tour

The Perfect Tour


I decided to take a tour in the evening when I found this Louvre Tour on line.

Of course, the Pei Pyramid is an amazing contrast to the former fort.
Under the Pei Pyramid

Under the Pei Pyramid


Are These Included in the 688

Are These Included in the 688


Ah, Religious Art

Ah, Religious Art


As I am not a big fan of old religious art, I enjoyed the tour mainly for the architecture of the building, the history, and the wing that was built by Napoleon III for official entertaining and not living.
A Ceiling in the Louvre

A Ceiling in the Louvre

The Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels


Opulence of Napoleon III

Opulence of Napoleon III


Interestingly, this wing was built and used from 1848-1870 - the same time Denver was first settled and started to become a city.
Of course, I enjoyed seeing the Mona Lisa and the other famous works. Did not take pictures because you can find much better than mine would be anywhere on line or in an art book.

This family was on my tour.
Black Flag Assassin

Black Flag Assassin


I was puzzled why he was wearing a Black Flag T Shirt, and so I asked him about. His son started to laugh. He said his son gave it to him and he guessed it was some kind of game. I said it was a bug spray in the US, so I was puzzled about why he was wearing it. They were British and didn't seem to want to find any more humor in this interaction.

I had visited the Rodin and D'Orssey in the past, so I skipped these. Be sure to go. I like the art there better than in the Louvre.

Definitely on my list this visit were the Palais de Tokyo and the Museum of Modern Art.
Musee d'Art Moderne

Musee d'Art Moderne


The Musee d'Art Moderne is a puzzling maze of rooms. Even the guards had trouble helping find my way out. Here the guards were allowed to pursue private interests during their shift.
Knitting Guard at Musée d'Art Moderne

Knitting Guard at Musée d'Art Moderne


This female security guard was knitting. I saw others doing word or number puzzles, and of course looking at their phones.
However, sometimes they would try to act like they were concealing their knitting and puzzles - but never their phones. I was just a bit puzzled about all this. I was tempted to try to do some kind of inappropriate museum behavior to see if anyone would react, but I didn't.
Permanent Construction in Classroom of Museum

Permanent Construction in Classroom of Museum


The permanent exhibits are free. I purchased the audio guide and spent several hours there before having lunch on the patio with a view of the tip of the Eiffel Tower.
Graphic Art

Graphic Art


Don't bother visiting the Palais de Tokyo if you don't like Contemporary Art. I do. I loved the experience.
Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo

Jacket of Bees' Wings

Jacket of Bees' Wings


Both this viewer and I had tears in our eyes looking at this piece made of the wings of bees!

Homage to Excess

Homage to Excess


I didn't enjoy all the exhibits, but then I didn't enjoy everything in the Louvre either!

This is just an early morning street scene, but I thought it looked like contemporary sculpture.
Serendipitous Sculputre

Serendipitous Sculputre

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Country Three - Paris

Tom and Paula See le Paris

Some of you might recall I visited Chattanooga, Tennessee and Couch Surfed with a fine fellow named Tom Gardner. In case you missed it, he also posted this trailer about The Lady in the Van on Facebook that he thought might be a movie about me!
We made quick buddy status and have kept in touch. He claims I have inspired him to do some traveling, so he decided to take a trip to Europe.
When he noticed I was in Paris, he scheduled this as his first stop.
How to Frame a Pix if You Are From Madagascar

How to Frame a Pix if You Are From Madagascar


We met at Notre Dame and flagged down some other tourists to snap our picture.
These are the first people I have met from Madagascar! It must be the way to take art photos there because he insisted on holding the camera at an angle.

We toured some typical tourist "must sees."
Tom was into climbing stairs and getting as high over the city wherever he could.
Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

I Am Down Here Tom Is Up There

I Am Down Here Tom Is Up There


At Sacre-Coeur, I took the funicular. Tom climbed all the stairs including to the cupola for the panoramic view.
Hisotric Beauty

Hisotric Beauty


We even had to go on the second story of the carousel!
Riding the Carousel

Riding the Carousel


A picnic at the Eiffel Tower was definitely on our list.
Approaching le Tour

Approaching le Tour


A Bit of Construction Spoils the Picnic Spot

A Bit of Construction Spoils the Picnic Spot


Tom Tries an Olive

Tom Tries an Olive


The 100 degree weather suddenly dropped and dust storms kept blowing the white sand found in all Paris parks. Until it finally turned into a full-fledged rainstorm.
Picnic Interupted

Picnic Interupted


Sun and Rain

Sun and Rain


We had to go back again the next day, so that Tom could climb those steps also.
Tom Is Up There Somewhere

Tom Is Up There Somewhere


I stayed below to people-watch.
Somehow, I also lost about 40 Euro and my trusty Sony Reader decided to disintegrate in front of my eyes. It was a rather somber hour for me.
But, we texted back and forth and pretended like he could see me on the ground and that I could see him on the glass walkway.
Tom Is Up There Somewhere

Tom Is Up There Somewhere


Still heading for places that would get us up there for the view, we took in the Arc de Triomphe.
Here as I entered with my ticket, I was asked "Madam, don't you want to take the lift?"
Of course, I did and didn't realize I was in the stairway line. I guess I am really showing my age because I don't think anyone has ever asked me that before.
Atop the Arc

Atop the Arc


Paris Is Not Technicolored

Paris Is Not Technicolored

From Arc de Triumphe to Arche de Defense

From Arc de Triumphe to Arche de Defense


Tom, of course, took the stairway and we met at the top for photos.

There is always something to see on the streets of Paris. A man about my age was charging 1 Euro to take a picture of his rabbits.
French Bunnies to Photo

French Bunnies to Photo

It is

It is


The only thing I fear on the streets of Paris are all these young soldier/policemen with their finger pressed on the trigger of their loaded gun.
Move Those Pedicabs Or  Else

Move Those Pedicabs Or Else

Camoflouged at the Eiffel Tower

Camoflouged at the Eiffel Tower


We didn't spend all of our time up in the air. A real highlight was when we visited the Musee de Egouts - The Sewer Museum.
Visit des Egouts de Paris

Visit des Egouts de Paris

Here Comes Tom to Visite des Egouts of Paris

Here Comes Tom to Visite des Egouts of Paris


It might not be on everyone's list of Must Sees, but it was a real highlight for Tom and me. Although they had good information in English, we really challenged ourselves and tried to figure it out in French.
In On the Action at the Musee of Sewers

In On the Action at the Musee of Sewers


Quite frankly, we both feel it would be far better if humankind would build monuments to the people who maintain our sewers and keep our city clean instead of those who kill others in the name of patriotism.
Another Homage to Those Who Died Killing Others

Another Homage to Those Who Died Killing Others


We allowed each other some personal interest time.
I was so glad to have seen this billboard for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in the first Metro station I boarded.
Ah AA ADT in Paris

Ah AA ADT in Paris


I went to an afternoon performance at the Theatre du Chatelet. The performance was superb and brought tears to my eyes. It was not possible to get a good photo of the stage.
Waiting for the Dance Performance at the Theatre du Chatelet

Waiting for the Dance Performance at the Theatre du Chatelet


There were definitely some things we missed,
Not For Us

Not For Us


but it was time for Tom to continue his two week journey into Belgium, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
He left me with a birthday greeting that is a great message for all of us.
Greetings for #71 from Tom G

Greetings for #71 from Tom G

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Country Three - France

Visits to Medieval Towns

After jumping the barge, I spent a day and a night in La Charities sur Loire wandering through the town and the church in the morning while it was cool.
16th Century Storefront for Sale

16th Century Storefront for Sale

A Load Crosses the Loire

A Load Crosses the Loire

I Also Had a Fine Lunch Here

I Also Had a Fine Lunch Here

School Children on a History Tour

School Children on a History Tour


The Abby

The Abby

Homage in the Chapelle

Homage in the Chapelle


I tried to imagine this place in the 15th century during a siege by Joan d'Arc..
I wonder if she would have understood the modern art currently on display in the former monastery.
Who Knows

Who Knows

Symbols of Modern Consumerism

Symbols of Modern Consumerism


I doubt the pilgrims who walked this path, some of them on their way to the Camino de Santiago in Spain, would have grasped the meaning.
82 Pilgrims' Steps

82 Pilgrims' Steps


While the temperature was around 100, I relaxed in my hotel room.
Hotel Garden A Respite from the Heat

Hotel Garden A Respite from the Heat


Half of the Stairway

Half of the Stairway

Wee Room for 48 Euro

Wee Room for 48 Euro


Apertif Where the Locals Hang Out

Apertif Where the Locals Hang Out


When it cooled, I headed up to the rampart to get a look at the moonrise.
Walk Along the Ramparts

Walk Along the Ramparts

Moonrise Over La Charities sur Loire

Moonrise Over La Charities sur Loire


I enjoyed a pizza on the banks of the Loire.
View from My Table

View from My Table


Caught the bus at 6 AM to take me to Bourges.
Here Comes the #120

Here Comes the #120


The bus driver took the opportunity to practice his English. He will be visiting family in Kansas City and Atlanta this month,
Bus Ride Through the French Farm Country

Bus Ride Through the French Farm Country


I started walking around this city at 7:30 AM when the bus arrived. I took a ride on a little tourist train,I didn't return to the hotel until around 19:00
It was 100 the entire day. It seems it was so hot I forgot to take many pictures!
Find the Tourist Office First Thing

Find the Tourist Office First Thing

Can't Even Fit It In the Frame

Can't Even Fit It In the Frame


Paying Your Way to Heaven

Paying Your Way to Heaven


It is understandable why a Christian Reform movement started!
Calvin Spoke Reformism Here

Calvin Spoke Reformism Here


A Crepe for Lunch

A Crepe for Lunch

Had I realized all the historic sites and museums that awaited me here, I would have stayed another day.
A Wee Room for 89 Euro

A Wee Room for 89 Euro

But, I had already contacted Msr. Prodhomme in Paris and he had an apartment awaiting my arrival.

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