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Sunday, 10 July 2005
Sacré Coeur par nuit

sacre coeur

Last night Lyam and I trod the streets of Paris, around Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge till about 4.30 this morning. I took the above photograph at about half past midnight of the Sacré Coeur.  This seems to be a hang-out spot with different groups floating about drinking and smoking. Most of the people seemed friendly and in good spirits. On a Friday night it seems someone could meet up with local people here and be invited back to a house party, and only get home at about 7.30 am.

This afternoon we caught the Eurostar from Gare du Nord back to Ashford. There was extra security in checking in and on arrival. The drop-off spot in front of Ashford has been cordoned off and is being guarded by armed police. We were also delayed as they blocked off half of the arrivals/departure hall after finding an abandoned/suspicious shopping parcel.

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Friday, 08 July 2005
Madame Lebrun

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Continuing the game in the Louvre from yesterday, this is a bust of Madame Vigée-Lebrun who seems to have been something of an artist herself.  I couldn’t include the look-aline in this photograph, but I swear I know someone with the same surname (the second half only) who also bears a passing resemblance to this woman.  The sign attached to the art work reads:

D’après Augustine Pajou (1730 - 1809)
Madame Vigée-Lebrun (1755 - 1842)

Moulage, plâtre
Portraitiste attitrée de Marie-Antoinette, Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, dont le buste en terre cuite originale est présenté au Louvre, fit l’objet au XIXe siècle de nombreuses reproductions. Certaines, comme celle-ci, portent une signature erronée : Houdon

To be honest the rest of my looks-like photos from the Louvre are cheats: I either posed myself or got someone else to.

Posted by bigblue on 08/07/2005 at 09:25 PM
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Thursday, 07 July 2005
Looks like

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We were on the way to the Louvre this morning when the news from London came through from Carles via an SMS.  So we spent a couple of anxious hours checking on family. Not all friends are yet accounted for.  The rest of the day was spent wandering around the museum. At one stage we tried to find people who resembled the portraits on the wall and take a photograph of the two together. The photo above is my first contribution in this genre.

Posted by bigblue on 07/07/2005 at 09:26 PM
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Wednesday, 06 July 2005
Late start

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After a late night last night, most of us woke up late today. My brother and his younger son were up earlier however and running around like headless chickens looking for the State of Origin match on TV. Quelle surprise the French haven’t heard about it either! Eventually they went to the Irish pub up on the hill next to Sacre Coeur, which if I’m not mistaken was where I had originally suggested the match might be available.  This afternoon I took the girls shopping. I took the photo above, of Notre Dame de Paris, yesterday morning.  The last time I was here the front of the cathedral was covered with scaffolding, so it’s nice to see it has been moved to the side. The front is therefore newly repaired/renovated.

Posted by bigblue on 06/07/2005 at 11:22 PM
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Arc de Triomphe

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The other evening we went to the Arc de Triomphe at sunset. On the grave of the unknown warrior flies one French and one American flag. The following comments were overheard:

That’s the thanks the British get for being allies from the start of the war

and:

This symbolises the death of Anglo-French relations

Today I took the girls to Disneyland.

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Tuesday, 05 July 2005
les délinquants du 18eme

delinquents

This was a view from our apartment yesterday, of some kids fooling around in the street below.  Today we went on a trip on the Seine, up the Eiffel Tower (some of us even walked up), and a promenade around the Latin Quarter.

Posted by bigblue on 05/07/2005 at 12:04 AM
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Monday, 04 July 2005
Champs-Elysées

Champs-Elysées

We went down to the Champs-Elysées last night for supper, so took the metro to Concorde and then walked from there to Etoile.

Posted by bigblue on 04/07/2005 at 12:28 PM
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Sunday, 03 July 2005
Sacré Coeur

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Those of us who got up before noon today beat our way up the hill to the Basilique du Sacré Coeur.  There were some other tired people outside (see above). 

We can see the dome of the basilique from our apartment window and it looks deceptively close looking over the apartment on the other side of the square.  Then it was back to the apartment for a snack, and everyone has gone to sleep again. Perhaps it’s the heat and humidity, perhaps it’s the activities of last night.

Posted by bigblue on 03/07/2005 at 05:42 PM
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