Category: General Entertainment

Notre Dame

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This place is magnificent.

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The major draw and the longest line is for the climb up the towers which gives you one if the best views of Paris and certainly the best view of the intricacies of the cathedral itself.

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From the gargoyles to the walls this cathedral is extremely detailed.

Notre Dame

Amelie

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Today we went to the shadiest flea market ever and then did the most wholesome thing ever in retracing the steps of Amelie in the Montmartre area.

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But we followed this up by trending unwholesome again by visiting the Museum of Sex down on the boulevard de clichy.

 

Amelie

Versailles

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Speaking of getting away from it all Versailles is a 40 minute trade ride from central Paris.

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It is the very definition of Parisian opulence.

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It divided the rulers from the population when it was seen just how tax dollars were being spent.

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The Hall of Battles was a particularly impressive room. Basically a painting was commissioned for each noteworthy battle and they were lined up chronologically along this giant corridor.

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The palace sat on almost 500 acres of what is now surrounded by a very wealthy Parisian suburb.

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Marie Antoinette had quarters here as well as she had basically a fairy tale village created for her amusement.

 

Versailles

Lionel’s Sculptured Head

Max Patch and beyond

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Kept hearing about Max Patch as a beautiful flat mountaintop destination.  It certainly lived up to its billing as we had a beautiful day and a group of us spent quite some time on top.  We all seemed to gather up at Brown Gap when the Tennessee trail magic had us pausing for a bit.  ‘We’ were myself, Flacco, the Florida brothers, 3 hats, Spark Plug.  While up on top a few boys came up and provided us with oranges and capri sun making the moment even more special.  On top of all this a cow and donkey pair came sauntering up the mountain and hovered around us for the next hour or so.  They were completely used to people and even paused to be fed or pet.

Followed up Max Patch with a stay in the shelter above which is Walnut Creek shelter.  Since the winds were howling I decided I was lucky to have 1 spot available in a 6 person shelter.  Later on I found out why the end spot was available in the first place.  I was sleeping right next to a broken plank which formed a ramp down to the space underneath the shelter.  Basically a mouse ramp up into the shelter.  Needless to say I didn’t sleep a wink just thinking about the ease of access the mice would have directly into our shelter space.  The good part about the howling winds was that everything we hung out to dry did just that in no time flat.

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