Monthly Archives: July 2014

Paris 2014: The Domes of Paris, Part One: The Chapel of the Sorbonne

The architectural style known as baroque began in Rome in the 16th century and gradually spread throughout Europe with the help of the Jesuits who built their churches during the campaign known as the Counter-Reformation. But the Jesuits were not … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: The Bell Tower of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois

We were riding on one of the L’Open sightseeing tour buses one day last May and we just exited the Louvre and were heading down the Quai Francois Mitterrand when I caught this shot of the bell tower of Saint-German … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: Our Favorite Restaurant

No, I am not a bon vivant. Yes, I have been known to have eaten Spam for two or even three meals in on day. And my list of favorite foods includes cheeseburgers and spaghetti and meatballs. The list does … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: Attila the Hun and Ste Genevieve

It was the year 451 AD and the great Roman Empire was beginning to crumble. The Goths and the Visigoths and the Vandals had been crossing the Rhine and entering Roman-occupied Gaul for the last forty years. And now came … Continue reading

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The California Rim Fire: Ten Months Later

Last month we drove up to the Sierra Nevada mountains to attend a family wedding near Yosemite. Our motel was about 130 miles due east of Crow Canyon and it took us about three hours with a stop in Oakdale … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: The Saint Louis Wall in the Pantheon

Throughout the 19th century the Pantheon went back and forth between being a church and a mausoleum. During one of those periods when it was again called L’Eglise Saint-Genevieve a decision was made to decorate with murals the bare walls … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: The Pantheon’s Story of Joan of Arc

The Hundred Years War was waning and France was losing. Half of the country was scorched and parched and impoverished, thanks to Henry V and his invading English army. The other half was on the side of the English. Then … Continue reading

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