Thursday, March 31, 2005

FRANCE

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The gorgeous 700-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral.


Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.


Despite living in an era of skyscrapers, the Eiffel Tower is guaranteed not to dissapoint. The 1,000 foot high edifice (six inches taller in hot weather!) is massive. Appearing delicate and whispy from afar, it seems to take forever to reach. It's hard to believe that this symbol of Paris, built for the World's Fair, was once despised by many of the city's residents.


The Eiffel Tower rises from the Parisian fog as seen from the top of l'Arc de Triomphe.


The greatest palace and kingly residence on earth, Versailles, also boasts one of the most magnificent gardens; Paris.


Planter on the grounds of the Versailles Palace, Paris.


An angel watches over the tomb of Napoleon in Les Invalides, Paris.


Montmartre district's Sacre-Coeur church, with its impressive Byzantine architecture, is, in fact, only 130 years old; Paris.


Detail of the magnificent and massive l'Arc de Triomphe, which Napoleon constructed to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. At 50 meters high and 40 meters wide, there is no arch larger in the world. It sits at the center of Europe's largest traffic circle, feeding the tributaries of 12 converging boulevards.


l'Arc de Triomphe, Paris.


Detail of the l'Arc de Triomphe, Paris.


Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.


Mont St. Michel, in Northern France, was once one of four primary Christian pilgrimage sites. At low tide, the causeway allows visitors to access the abbey; at high tide, the abbey becomes an island.


Mont St. Michel, France.


Cross inside Mont St. Michel, France.


The exquisite Renaissance chateau, Chenonceau is the finest palace in France's Loire Valley.


Moored boats, chateau Chenonceau; France.


Built as a simple hunting lodge, chateau Chambord is surrounded by a lush park teeming with wild dear and boar.


Hundreds of antlers line the walls of the hunting lodge of chateau Cheverny, France.


Planter, Loire Valley, France.


The monolithic Pont de Gard is a Roman aqueduct built before the time of Christ. It once fed 44 million gallons of water a day to Nimes by dropping one foot for every 300 over its 35-mile span; France.


Pont de Gard, France.


Europe's greatest walled city, Medieval Carcassonne is a marvel of 13th century towers, turrets, and cobblestone streets; France.


Archway in Carcassonne, France.


Archway in Carcassonne, France.


Crosses marking the final resting places of thousands of American G.I.'s (including General Patton) involved in the Battle of the Bulge line the sacred grounds of Luxembourg American Cemetery along the border with Germany. I had the honor of retiring the colors during my visit here.


Tour de France racers roars through Amboise on thier way to Paris, and yet another Lance Armstrong victory!


Window in Cannes, French Riviera.

1 Comments:

Blogger Cherry said...

Your pictures are amazing. I have been to France before and have seen most of the places you took pictures of. Your pictures just made me see things in a whole different way.

I love your site, I have already added it to my Favorites. I will be back many times.

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