16 Days in France (Day 16, Part 1)

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[Time’s running out!  Still lots of things to see and do.  I think this was the first day we didn’t have breakfast before we got on the subway.  We’re close to the subway stop near the Sorbonne here – and here Reetz documents the place we did have breakfast.]

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[A little sidewalk shopping on the way.  I know it says St. Germain, but we weren’t in St. Cloud!  Note The Biddies are wearing their new French skirts.  😉  ]

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[That’s where we’re going – though I think we had to walk all the way around the block for the entrance.]

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[And here’s where we were . . . and breakfasted.]

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[And now we’re at the entrance to the Musee de Cluny.  This is old stuff.]

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[Stained glass window display.]

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[Really had to the look and feel of an old-time castle.]

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[Torsos . . . and me.]

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[It’s cool!]

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[The swastika actually dates back to antiquity, though it does kind of jump out at you now because of its “recent” history.]

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[Sarcophaguses (sarcophagi?) of folks I didn’t know and can’t recall.]

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[A big room.  Early racquetball courts?]

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[Reetz and columns.  Bonjour, madame, did you find my luggage yet?]

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[Another big room.  The super also checking “lost and found” for the missing luggage.]

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[Now that’s a tapestry – with various statuary representations of the Virgin Mary.]

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[No, it’s not a light sabre.  It’s a narwhal tooth!  🙂 ]

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[Back on the street again . . . and shopping.  If you need a scarf, this is the place to be!]

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[The University of Paris Sorbonne and following neighborhood . . . ]

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[Now I think the Pantheon is that way . . . ]

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[Yup, there it is – undergoing a 3-year renovation.]

6-20-14-37 - Copy 6-20-14-41 - Copy[But right outside, and next to a University of Paris building, I found my soul mate!  😉  ]

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[The supervisor points to a bumper sticker on his bum.  She was afraid to try removing it.]

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[OK, let’s go in.]

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[Oh, looking back at the University of Paris as we approach the Pantheon entrance.]

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[And the street from whence we came – with my big Soul Mate.]

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[Inside (obviously).]

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What I said on Facebook:  I know thousands of you are eagerly awaiting the final blog posts on France.  On our last full day in Paris, we visited the Pantheon which was undergoing renovation.  The following AP story explains the following photos – it was great fun, I could have spent a lot of time there just photographing the best or funniest photos.  We have Reetz for perspective, and the super actually laid down on the floor for hers.

(AP) The mausoleum that is the final resting place for 72 of France’s renowned men — and just one woman — will get a little more ‘egalite’ during two years of renovations. 

Days after announcing that two women who fought with the French Resistance during World War II will be interred at the Pantheon, the government on Tuesday announced that the faces of thousands of ordinary people will be on show in a huge art installation there. 

Anyone can upload a photo for inclusion and JR, a photographer known for his giant street-art portraits, is also traveling around France to find people who want a place in the building that houses the remains of Victor Hugo, Voltaire, and Marie Curie, among others.

The installation will begin April 22.

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[And on the ceiling.]

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[Can you read French?  😉  ]

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[Inside itself?]

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[The super thought lying on the floor was not too high a price to pay for fame and glory!]

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[Bye-bye Pantheon, hello Tower!]

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[I think we go this way for our next destination, through the university . . .]

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[And past my Big Bud . . . and we’ll get there in Part 2.]

I have not been able to discover whether there exists a precise French equivalent for the common Anglo-American expression ‘killing time.’ It’s a very crass and breezy expression, when you ponder it for a moment, considering that time, after all, is killing us.   ~  Christopher Hitchens

Up next:  Part 2, the last day in Paris?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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