Paris

Last weekend we took a train down to Paris, a large city in France that you may have heard of. It really was a beautiful city, and I think we saw just about every main attraction there. It was fun to see all of the famous landmarks, but I'd love to go back some time and spend more time in some of the neighborhoods like the Latin Quarter.

A street performer juggles a football (soccer ball, whatever) as he hangs from a lamppost outside the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. The Basilica is on top of a hill in northern Paris overlooking the city. Street performers, shady vendors and tourists lined the stairs leading up to the cathedral.

The Eiffel Tower peaks through the trees in park surrounding the monument. I went up almost 1000 feet to the top on Friday night. Built for the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1889, the tower was intended to be a temporary exhibit to be dismantled in 1909. However, the structure was useful as a communication tower during World War I and was kept intact.

A couple dines on the banks of the Seine River that runs through Paris. Tons of people flock to the river to eat, drink or just enjoy the scenery. Great place for a picnic.

The pyramid entrance to the Louvre sits in a courtyard in the museum's huge complex. Originally the Louvre was used as a palace for French kings, but was later converted into a public museum during the French Revolution. And yes, the Mona Lisa was underwhelming.

A man takes a picture of the Paris skyline through a clock in the d'Orsay museum. Though less well known than the Louvre, the d'Orsay housed many nice works from artists like Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, and Seurat.

A makeshift shrine to the late Michael Jackson sat near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Flowers, pictures, candles, and notes in many different languages were arranged to honor the King of Pop who died last week.
The Eiffel Tower again. It's pretty when it's all lit up. What else can I say?