2014-11-16 Sunday

After breakfast at the Meridian, we enjoyed a tour of the romantic “City of Light.” We traveled along the famed Champs Elysees, viewing the landmark Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806. We passed many of Paris’ classic highlights including the complex of military buildings known as Les Invalides, including Napoleon’s Tomb; the Ecole Militaire (Military School); Paris Town Hall; the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame; Opera Garnier Palace; the Orsay Museum and the beautiful and recently restored Grand Palais and Petit Palais. We saw many of the city’s famed locations including St. Gerain des Pres, the Latin Quarter, Vendome and Concorde Squares. We also saw the modern addition to the city’s architecture as pe passed by the I.M. Pei-designed glass pyramid entrance to the celebrated Louvre Museum. We had lunch at a streetside Cafe, then walked the Champs Elysees Christmas Market.

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