Here's our plane before departure. Iceland Air is the no-frills international airline, but it got us there okay, at half the price of one of the fancier choices.
September 24, 2002
The Charles de Gaulle airport is really cool -- all sorts of gigantic tubes and chutes and moving sidewalks.
September 25, 2002
Right next to our hotel there is a bi-weekly market on the street. We got all sorts of fresh bread and fruit and stinky cheese, which turned out to be too strong for us even.
September 26, 2002
Taking time to stop and smell the flowers, yeah? You can get pretty much anything at the market, not just food — clothes and cheap electronics and kitchen accessories…
…and dead animals.
This is a little park called the Place des Vosges near our hotel. We spent a lot of time there relaxing and reading and watching the cops search kids for pot.
The Centre Pompidou, which has its structure on the outside, has a great 20th century art museum on the inside. That's the escalator to the top.
You just taking pictures, or are we going up?
The view from the top of the Pompidou Center — our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.
Matthew gawking at one of his favorite paintings — Kandinsky's Yellow - Red - Blue.
Famous statue. Note lack of arms.
September 27, 2002
This is the Borghese Gladiator, from the pinnacle of the Hellenistic age. Look how useful it is as a place to rest your museum map or stop to chat on your cell phone.
We spent the first two days of our trip in the Big Must-See Museums. This is at the Louvre; the Winged Victory.
Karen, meet Mona. Mona, Karen. If you're expecting a wall-size mural, you'll be surprised, as the Mona Lisa is quite small. Also you have to fight your way to the front of a mob crowded to the one side of a huge and otherwise-empty room.
Karen on the Louvre pyramid stairs.
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