Hotel des Invalides and Napoleons Tomb

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Nick at Napoleon's Tomb.

Another pleasant breakfast again, although a little later in the morning. Metro'd to visit  Napoleons Tomb and the Hotel des Invalides. The tomb is quite impressive in itself, let alone the old dome church in which it resides. Well worth the visit. We're all still a little stunned though that someone who was exiled TWICE is revered as such a national hero. Its a little like the old addage... 'what did the romans ever do for us'.... well, Napoleon, in all his empiric egotism actually did a fair whack for old France. I'll leave it up to you to do the research.

Off next door to the Hotel des Invalides, originally a hospital / retirement home for old soldiers built by Louis XIV at the request of his then girlfriend Madame de Pompideu (sp?).

Ashley at the Musee L'Armee in front of a child's suit of armour.
The Musee de L'Armee is now housed in most of the buildings, displaying all the ridiculous and gruesome ways man has contrived to maime and kill himself through the ages. Impressive collection of Arms and Armour. Unfortunately the entire west wing was closed for renovations. This wing houses the collection for the period from Louis XIV to Napoleon III. Which of course, is the really interesting period, especially as Napoleon I's horse, dog etc etc are taxidermied and on display, along with many other items of his. It is to be closed until Jan 2008!!! Still worth the visit though.

The Musee de les deux guerre de monde (world wars) and the Musee de Plans et Reliefs are also housed in the building (and included in the price of the ticket). The world war museum part is very well laid out and quite detailed in its presentation. Plans and Reliefs is VERY impressive also, as some of the models of towns and battle grounds were renovated 200 years ago, let alone made then!! PS... fairly pram unfriendly eventhough there were lifts around, the staff were never there to unlock them. Ashley had a feed in front a whole cache of armour suits, even one which seemed to be for a 5 year old.

A very long day in all (even with half of it being closed) but definately worth a visit, even for the consciencious objectors amongst you. Man + history = history of war.

We were all so tired by the end of the day, that it was back home for take-away pizzas and a relax.

 

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Nick at Napoleons Tomb.
Nick at Napoleon's Tomb.
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Ashley at the Musee L'Armee in fr…
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Nick in front of a range of suits…
Nick in front of a range of suits …
Nick in front of a range of suits…
Nick in front of some very old ver…
Nick in front of some very old ve…
Nick on front of a horse with nigh…
Nick on front of a horse with nig…
Nick and Ashley at a Metro Station
Nick and Ashley at a Metro Station
Cam, Nick and Ashley on the Metro
Cam, Nick and Ashley on the Metro
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
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Ashley trying to steal Nick's ice…
Ashley leaning on her big brother
Ashley leaning on her big brother
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