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Psyche and Eros

Ah Paris, the first time I went it was bloody cold, the second bloody hot. I just cant seem to get it right, but I love it. The home of my most favorite museum in all the world, the Louvre, home of beautiful classical architecture and I can actually speak enough to order a burger without onions. By the way, for De who wanted a plane burger, I realized 2 years after the fact all I had to say was 'just beef' in French, which I know, and it would have been so much simpler... Meh. Anyways, I am in love with the Psyche and Eros statue in the Louvre so each time we've gone I stand and stare and take a few dozen photos of it. If you don't know anything about it, read it, it's one of the most romantic myths there is.

Interior of the Louvre
The origins of fairy tales really about a handsome God who falls in love with a beautiful mortal and how their love is almost destroyed by jealousy, curiosity and betrayal... Lovely. Anyway, I'm not much of a Mona Lisa lover, I admire the skill but it's not my favorite piece, but my other love is Impressionists and Post-Impressionists and you can see a collection there, as well as just mulling around the building as it was once a royal palace and is quite splendid in it's own right. You can step out on one of the many balconies and look around as well, lovely.

The Eiffel tower is cool as well, though when you go to get off the elevator which moved sideways up the leg rather than straight up, there is a small gap that you can see the ground through.

The catacombs
.. which isn't that big, I know that... but man I hate heights. It's cool cause if you go up at certain times of day you can see the shadow of the tower stretch across all of Paris. But, better than the tower, in my humble opinion ;) Is Notre Dame, which is amazing. When you stand under it, look up and see it standing on the island with little or nothing else around it, look at it and realize that it was build without power tools, without safety harnesses and that the carvings were all by hand. It's a beautiful statement to Gothic architecture and inside is just beautiful. Massive stained glass windows, hundreds of small votive candle offerings lighting up a few of the corners. It's a truly beautiful cathedral. The catacombs was interesting but not my favorite thing in all the world, though I say that because I'm claustrophobic.
Paris at night from Mt Saint Michelle
The catacombs were filled with the skeletons of the dead when the cemeteries were teeming with corpses and couldn't take anymore. It's an interesting tale about how death has changed. Putrefied remains and ooze coming to the surface where bodies in the Paris cemeteries were piled one on another until there was no earth left to cover them... So... up comes the bodies and down under the streets they go. And, just to alleviate the boredom, the gravediggers??? create a bit of art as they stack up the bones. It's quite interesting, a maze of bones. But, it's claustrophobic, damp and a bit on the creepy side. Not sure if I could get myself down the stairs to see it again. All and all Paris is a great place, cant remember every having a problem. The people are just like anywhere else and you're more likely to find a rude tourist than a rude Parisian.

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Psyche and Eros
Psyche and Eros
Interior of the Louvre
Interior of the Louvre
The catacombs
The catacombs
Paris at night from Mt Saint Miche…
Paris at night from Mt Saint Mich…
Window inside Notre Dame
Window inside Notre Dame
Candles in Notre Dame
Candles in Notre Dame
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Guess what this is?
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photo by: Sweetski