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Paris Photo Album
by Diannek

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I had never been to Paris, yet it seemed familiar to me. That's not surprising, of course. Paris must be Hollywood's most favorite place to make films. And the images of Paris surround us continually. But Paris is exactly right: it's very pretty, and surprisingly clean. It's easy to find your way around, and it seems fresh and new, even though it's really an ancient city. 

It rained the first day I was in Paris but it felt good and didn't detract from my first impressions in the least. With only three full days to see the sights, it was difficult to choose what to see and do first. 

I traveled with three other women. We call ourselves the wild women, or as Kate likes to put it: femmes of a certain age. Ours was an art trip. Our destination was a small village in the south of France, where we'd concentrate on sketching. In Paris, we were going to hit the museums first and then see as many sights as possible. We were jet lagged, foot-sore, dazed and confused at the end of our stay, but we had a great time. Here are a few of my digital snapshots of Paris:

La Tour Eiffel
La Tour Eiffel -- probably the world's most familiar image.
I took this one from a boat on the Seine. It was raining, 
but the lines to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower were still awfully long!

Notre Dame
Notre Dame cathedral -- probably the second most popular Paris icon.
It was always crowded with tourists and church goers.

The Seine
The Seine from the boat. See how cloudy it was our first day.
Vincent's portrait hangs in the Musee d'Orsay, along with
hundreds of other famous paintings. We spent lots of time here.

Nobody should be on a diet when visiting Paris!

A little street corner market close to our hotel.
We stayed on the Left Bank in a small hotel in the
St-Germain-des-Pres area. 
It was quaint, bookish, arty and convenient.

I loved the street signs, like this one.

It seemed like everywhere we turned, there was something that held special meaning, like this street sign commemorating General Eisenhower. 

I don't know if I'll ever get back to Paris again but I'm certainly glad 
I got the chance to see it. I highly recommend a trip to Paris for everybody.

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