Toward the end of the trip I made a list of the key attractions I had visited, some by myself but most with Alesia and our two boys and Joseph's girlfriend.
My list came to 16, many of which I have documented in the posts preceding this one.
This final Paris post will cover some sites not previously covered and also will include street scenes such as this one. The domed building is part of the College of Sorbonne, which was founded way back in 1253 as a theological institution. The chapel, built in the baroque style, dates to 1635.
Factor in the surrounding suburban areas, and the population is more than 10.5 million, making Paris the largest urban center in the European Union.
We visited Luxembourg Palace and found it a bustling place where hundreds of people were enjoying a pleasant spring day on the grounds and parks that are part of this important historic landmark.
Luxembourg Palace has an interesting history and remains a vital part of the French government to this day. Since 1958 it has been the seat of the French Senate.
It has served many other purposes over the years including that of a prison. Nice digs for the prisoners back then!
The palace is only open to visitors one day a year, on Heritage Day in September.
Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg), covering some 55 acres, is the largest park in Paris.
There are many parts to the park such as this neat little nook called the Medici Fountain, which dates to 1630.
Roland Garros, site of annual French Open tournament, one of the sports four majors.
My visit was just a week after the tournament ended with my favorite current player, Rafael Nadal, winning his 10th French Open men's singles title.
Another American tennis fan showed up at the gate the same time I did and we were both told the bad news by a security person.
Stade Roland Garros' old stadium court complex has the names of past winners. That was neat to see the names of so many legendary players and the years these men and women won singles championships.
But I can still say I have been to the French Open!
Jardin des serres d'Auteuil is a botanical garden that is maintained by the city of Paris.
I rounded a corner and started to hear birds chirping.
The Painted Bunting, seen around my home in coastal South Carolina would fit in nicely here.
During our time in Paris, I was alert to local birds but didn't see many, other than Pigeons, Ravens and one Magpie.
When I was in Amsterdam with Alesia in December I photographed a number of birds I had never seen before. See my "Birds of Amsterdam" in this post.
La Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine.
Along with architecture, it is a museum of monumental sculpture. This was a chance to see scale models of famous Paris buildings, like the Arc de Triomphe and learn about what went into the elaborate designs and details for which French architecture is known.
And to think that all this beauty was created with hammers, chisels and other tools we today would consider crude.
according to a Paris Tourist Office website.
Palais de Chaillot, which is not as old as the name may suggest. It was built in 1937 for the Universal Exhibition.
See my earlier post.
Maybe the very warm weather contributed to a bit of fatigue that day. But after spending a few hours at The Invalides, I walked to this bridge that had caught my eye earlier on my way to the military museum and Napoleon's Tomb.
Our group would see this site on another day.
Pont Alexandre III Bridge is distinctive in many ways, particularly for its large golden sculptures atop the four corner columns. These are gilt-bronze statues depicting scenes from ancient mythology.
This site calls the Pont Alexandre III bridge over the Seine River an open air museum that is Paris' "most elegant, grandiose and sumptuous bridge."
That description is spot on!
Beaux-Arts architecture style, popular at that time. Napoleon's Tomb is in the large gold-domed cathedral seen here.
French General Marquis de Lafayette.
Helping America win its independence from Britain, Lafayette would return to Paris and later become a key figure in the French Revolution.
Simon Bolivar is also honored along Pont Alexandre III.
Bolivar, it is said, was present at Notre Dame in Paris when Napoleon Bonaparte was coronated. The event inspired Bolivar who would return to his native Venezuela and become a key figure in helping several South American countries gain independence from Spain.
The statue was a gift from several South America countries to France.
The statue is on the grounds of the Petite Palais, which is the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts.
The sculpture depicts Churchill as he walked down the Champs Elysees with French Gen. Charles de Gaulle in 1944 when France was liberated from Germany.
There are workers at each stop who are friendly and helpful. For what I felt was a modest fee of 5.60 euros you can buy round trip Metro tickets for the day.
Maps are widely available and are also in each train car too. You can see part of one behind this musician, who was one of a few that we saw performing in hopes of getting some coins from passengers.