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(more Notre Dame, including the gargoyles)
After leaving the Arc de Trioumphe we walked towards the
Eiffel Tower and along the way across from it was the
Trocadéro, site of the Palais de Chaillot and the Musee de
The shots above are on the West wind of the Trocadéro which holds the Musee de l'homme. Vero read and translated the saying for us:

Every man creates without knowing it
Like he breathes
But the artist feels himself creating
His act engages his entire being
His appreciated pain strengthens him
A view of the Trocadéro, site of the Palais de Chaillot, from the Eiffel Tower  IMAGE SOURCE (WIKIPEDIA)
A photo of the old Palais du Trocadéro that was built for the
1878 World's Fair.

"For the Exposition Internationale of 1937, the old Palais du
Trocadéro was demolished and replaced by the Palais de
Chaillot which now tops the hill. It was designed in
classicizing "moderne" style by architects Louis-Hippolyte
Boileau, Jacques Carlu and Léon Azema. Like the old
palais, the palais de Chaillot features two wings shaped to
form a wide arc: indeed, these wings were build on the
foundations of those of the former building. However, unlike
the old palais, the wings are independent buildings and
there is no central element to connect them: instead, a
wide esplanade leaves an open view from the place du
Trocadéro to the Eiffel Tower and beyond.

The buildings are decorated with quotations by Paul Valéry,
and they now house a number of museums:

the Musée national de la Marine (naval museum) and the
Musée de l'Homme (ethnology) in the southern (Passy)
wing, the Musée national des Monuments français in the
eastern (Paris) wing, from which one also enters the
Théâtre national de Chaillot, a theater below the esplanade."

from Wikipedia.com
Vero and me (again, her face is intentionally blurred out)
Next stop was the Eiffel Tower, you can't go to Paris without going to the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately, we didn't go to the top of the tower that day and
we never made it back there to go to the top.

"The tower stands 300 m (1000 ft) high, which is about 75 stories. Including the 20.75 m (70 ft) antenna, the structure is 320.75 m (1070 ft) high which
is about 81 stories. At the time of its construction in 1889, the tower replaced the Washington Monument as the tallest structure in the world, a title it
retained until 1930, when New York City's Chrysler Building (319 m/1063.33 ft tall) was completed (although the tower was still taller if the respective
spires of the two structures were excluded).

The structure was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration
of the French Revolution. The tower was met with resistance from the public when it was built, with many calling it an eyesore (Novelist Guy de
Maupassant ate at a restaurant at the tower regularly, because it was the one place in Paris he was sure he wouldn't see it). Today, it is widely
considered to be one of the most striking pieces of structural art in the world.

Originally, Eiffel had a permit for the tower to stand for 20 years (when ownership of it would revert to the City of Paris, who had originally planned to
tear it down; part of the original contest rules for designing a tower was that it could be easily torn down), more than recouping his expenses, but as it
later proved valuable for communication purposes, it was allowed to remain after the expiry of the permit."
After the Eiffel Tower we were wiped out, we had been up for nearly 30+ hours so we went back to the hotel which was in the Saint Germain des Pres
area of Paris (across the river from the Louvre). It's a GREAT neighborhood and we really enjoyed walking around there. We went to Paris to see the
Parcours des Mondes Tribal Art Show with Tim and Bobbi Hamill. A special thanks to Bobbi for putting this trip together and making it possible!

Below are some photos from the streets in the Saint Germain des Pres area of Paris.
Below are some photos of Notre Dame
Notre Dame de Paris (French for "Our Lady of Paris", meaning the
church in Paris dedicated to the Virgin Mary), often known simply as
Notre Dame in English, is a Gothic cathedral on the eastern half of the
Île de la Cité in Paris, France, with its main entrance to the west. While
a major tourist destination, it is still used as a Roman Catholic
cathedral (archbishop of Paris). Notre Dame de Paris is widely
considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

The Notre Dame de Paris stands on the site of Paris' first Christian
church, Saint-Étiennen Basilica, which was itself built on the site of a
Gallo-Roman temple to Jupiter. Notre Dame's first version was a
"magnificent church" built by Childebert I, the king of the Franks in 528,
and was already the cathedral of the city of Paris in the 10th century. It
constitutes the style of Gothic Architecture.

In 1160, having become the "parish church of the kings of Europe",
Bishop Maurice de Sully deemed the current Parisian cathedral
unworthy of its lofty role, and had it demolished shortly after he
assumed the title of Bishop of Paris. According to legend, de Sully had
a vision of a glorious new cathedral for Paris, and sketched it in the dirt
outside of the original church. To begin the construction, the bishop
had several houses demolished and had a new road built in order to
transport materials for the new church.

Construction began in 1163, during the reign of Louis VII, and opinion
differs as to whether Bishop Maurice de Sully or Pope Alexander III laid
the foundation stone of the cathedral. However, both were at the
ceremony in question. Bishop de Sully went on to devote most of his
life and wealth to the cathedral's construction.

Construction of the west front, with its distinctive two towers, only
began circa 1200, before the nave had been completed. Over the
construction period, numerous architects worked on the site, as is
evidenced by the differing styles at different heights of the west front
and towers. Between 1210 and 1220, the fourth architect oversaw the
construction of the level with the rose window and the great halls
beneath the towers. The towers were completed around 1245, and the
cathedral was completed around 1345.

Timeline of construction
1160. Bishop Maurice de Sully (named Bishop of Paris), orders the
original cathedral to be demolished.
1163. Cornerstone laid for Notre Dame de Paris - construction begins
1182. Apse and choir completed.
1196. Nave completed. Bishop de Sully dies.
1200. Work begins on Western Façade.
1225. Western Façade completed.
1250. Western Towers and North Rose Window completed
1250–1345. Remaining elements completed