Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Paris Day 6

Wow -- can't believe it took me this long to post the final day of the France trip. Life has been busy!!

For our last day in France, we decided we would go into the Hotel d'Invalides to see Napolean's coffin and to the Musee d'Rodin which is right across the street. We weren't disappointed -- it was all so BEAUTIFUL!

We walked by this every morning and evening on the way to or from the train station. It smelled delicious -- and we would often stop in for a fresh treat:

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Today we got on the RER

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and got off the the Invalides stop

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The stop put us out right in front of the Hotel d'Invalides, and there was a bunch of military walking around ... with fun shoulder decorations:

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The dome on the church is unmistakeable, and beautiful

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Once inside, you are amazed at just how beautiful the INSIDE of the dome also is!

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The church has the coffins for Napolean's brothers and other noted military figures:

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A view of Napolean's from above:

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A view from the bottom floor...the thing was freaking HUGE! Especially if you consider how small Napolean was!

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The church itself was also beautiful

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Afterwards, we walked next door to see the Musee d'Rodin -- and we just paid to walk around the beautiful gardens.

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This famous statue is there:

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A view of the museum (once mansion). The structure in front of the building is a stage that is being set up for catwalks -- fashion week was starting in Paris!

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We headed home afterwards and found this wonderful restaurant where we ate dinner, and celebrated my birthday:

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The trip to France was outstanding, wonderful, relaxing. I hope we get to go back soon!

4 comments:

Melanie said...

Um, those desserts look amazing! Also, I find it appropriate that Napolean's tomb is that huge. :)

monnie halberg said...

Too bad you weren't there for fashion week!
That coffin is crazy big. Wow.
Great photos too. Frame that flower one fo' sure.

mel said...

Aoyama means blue mountain in Japanese. We lived near Aoyama Icchome in Tokyo. Certainly never thought I'd see Aoyama anywhere in your Paris blog...

Napolean's tomb being so big for such a small guy - kinda like the corvette syndrome? ;)

and the treats, with the soccer/football - too funny!

J.Ammon said...

I'm super jealous of the whole thing. Love the pictures.