A Day at MUSEE De L'ARMEEWe'd been before but having our son Andrew with us, we thought he may enjoy it and you do miss things on any first visit. The museum is connected to the Dome Chapel where Napoleon's Tomb stands. It's an impressive site with the 12 victory statues around the Tomb.
|We entered the gates to Invalides with the Gendarmes casting an attentive eye over all those who entered.|
|Or did they?????|
|The manicured trees and gardens of Invalides. What's that structure in the background?|
|The dome under which Napoleon rests.|
The French Cannons amazed me with their artistic work. Some are beautifully sculpture with amazing designs of serpents and heads of birds and animals. In the courtyard there are these two "Howitzers" that on reading the pamphlet, I've discovered that they could fire a distance of almost 6 kms. That's impressive but the long cannons with their artistry impressed be more.
|A cannon with Cardinal Richeleiu's name - I'll need to research the reason for this unless someone out there already has the answer.|
|The armour from the various ages impressed me but also the graphics behind the display gave a visual of how things may have been.|
The museum houses the most impressive collection of armour and weapons from ancient times to WWII.
We remember walking through the Louve's Egyptian exhibition and asking ourselves which country stole the most treasures, France, England or the Vatican. From the collection of armour of the bronze, and middle ages, I found myself pondering the same question. Without doubt, the collection is most impressive and the descriptions of the associated history deserved more time that we could afford.
When we reached the exhibitions from the first and second world wars, we started to have a better understanding of the history. The Charles de Gaulle exhibition takes up 20 hours of audio and visual history. How can one take this in on such a short visit but now at least I can further research this great Frenchman on the internet when we get home.
|Charles de Gaulle|
The host was very friendly and helpful and the food was excellent.
Today has been a shopping day with us buying gifts for back home and some items for ourselves. We took the Metro to Rue de Rivoli. Sue wanted to buy some make-up at Sephora and I needed to buy my usual quota of two pairs of jeans at Celio. It's my favourite men's shop. Waist and leg length works for me.
Rue de Rivoli runs for 3 kilometres from the 1st to the 4th Arronndisements and has an amazing amount of shops, cafes and restaurants. Its creation stems back to Napoleon's time and was named after one of his victories against Austria (Wikipedia told me).
We found some gift shops and bought what we needed before giving the Metro a miss for the bus.
The bus trip although visually more interesting, was hot and stuffy compared to the Metro.
|A walk down Rue de Rivoli is always a must do when in Paris.|
|Although we are starting to see it in more in Melbourne these days, the building site facades in Paris have always intrigues me. It beautifies an otherwise shabby construction site.|
|When we were strolling down Rue de Rivoli, the historic site of Samaritaine had posters and photograph's of whit was in time gone by.|
|One block back from Rue de Rivoli is not as interesting but you don't have to fight for a seat. It also costs less.|
|Mother and son walk Rue de Rivoli through the foliage of the streets florists.|
|Bikes are parts of the local traffic - Melbourne is starting to catch up but not so much of a lifestyle as Paris.|
|We sat at a cafe near the Saint Paul Metro station on Rue de Rivoli in the Marais watching workers and tourists go about their day.|
|And finally for a friends of ours, Diane and Nigel - a photo of a Porsche 356 found in the car park when we arrived in Paris a few days ago. She liked the E-type I posted yesterday but this will bring back more fond memories of the past.|
This trip has been different to the past four. We've had family with us at various times. Both old and new friends have given us special moments along the way.
3000 kms have been travelled in the car and that doesn't include the TGV trip from Paris to Marseilles.
We've seen Provence, Languedoc, the Verdon Gorge and revisited Saint Remy for a one week stay.
A three day drive up to the Loire saw us meet up with old friends, meet new friends and enjoy too much food and wine before returning to Paris. Today is our last full day.
I expect that we will be back in Melbourne for our next post and "Melbourne our Home on the Bay" will focus on our great city the we do call home.
Thanks for travelling with us.
Leon and Sue