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You can’t really see too much of the Eiffel Tower, and at night its simply spectacular (and uncrowded).

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The Panthéon is an iconic mausoleum in Paris, France. Originally built as a church, it now serves as a secular monument. It houses the remains of famous French citizens, including Voltaire, Rousseau, and Marie Curie. With its neoclassical architecture, the Panthéon is a symbol of France’s rich history and intellectual heritage. And of interest to me, Louis Braille is also interned there (watch this space for a future post).

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The entrance

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Tall pillars inside the building

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Lovely floors and ceiling

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When we were in Paris, we did a most fantastic food tour of Bellevue, one of the older suburbs of the city. Our host Isabelle took us all over the area, into little coffee shops, delis, and bakeries where we learned how the food is prepared, and got to try a large selection of local goodies. We finished off in the back of a wine shop, drinking some wonderful wines while eating baguettes and local cheeses. It was a lovely way to spend a few hours in Paris.

Here’s a link to the tour, highly recommended when you are in Paris: https://www.airbnb.co.za/experiences/126782

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Local cheese selection

 

 

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At the wine shop (we didn’t drink it all, of course)

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Some of the cured sausage at a deli

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A rather large selection of pates

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More pates

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More cured meats

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Making croissants at a bakery. The baker is folding the pastry.

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The Sainte-Chapelle is tucked right next door to the Conciergerie on Île de la Cité. It has magnificent stained glass windows, through which the light pours. It was built in the 13th century, and is reputed to have once the Crown of Thorn. The crown (whether it is real or not) was presented to Louis IX in the 12’th century, is now housed just around the corner in Notre Damme (it was saved in the fire).

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The Conciergerie in Paris was a medieval palace, a court and then a prison. Of particular interest it is where Marie-Antoinette was both tried and imprisoned during the French Revolution. She was executed, and her former cell is now a chapel.

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The vaulted halls of the palace

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Jailer’s stark cell

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I love this decorative street poles in Paris, This one was crossing the river by Île de la Cité.

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In the middle of Paris there is a massive park (12th arr). I took this photo of a huge boulder in the middle of it. It seems strange to see nature in the middle of the city. The park is perfect for a run – you can get a good distance covered in the park. But beware, portions of it are used by nudist, as I accidentally discovered.

If you are in Paris and want a break from the city, take a visit to the park.

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Visiting Louis Braille’s final resting place was very special for me. Of course with a blind wife this is because Braille features in my life. At one stage all our CD’s had Braille labels (of course now we hardly use CD’s at all). It is astonishing to think that this man developed a system to allow millions of people to read books again. He in interred at the Pantheon in Paris, which in its own right is a lovely place to visit.

Its also a little ironic that in many areas Braille isn’t nearly as useful as it used to be, especially with modern phones, ebooks, book readers and apps etc. It’s also lovely to see how these tools make it even easier for a blind person to lead a normal life. Lets hope the progress continues.

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A view of the Conciergerie on the West of the Île de la Cité, from the right bank of the Seine River. The current building dates back about 400 years, but the site. Was a Roman fortress over 2000 years ago.

The site is famous, of course, becasue Marie-Antoinette, was imprisoned, tried and sentenced at the Conciergerie.

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Île de la Cité where you will fine the famous cathedral of Notre Damme in Paris.

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