July 7, 2016 — Paris, France

After I discovered that I had somehow forgotten the cable that connects my camera to computer, I used the camera in my cell phone to take photos, a few of which I’ve uploaded to this blog.

Just two years ago, I used to start my day by walking the several miles from the outskirts of Paris to the Champs Elysee and then take the metro (subway) back home. As I approach my 74th birthday, walking that far is no longer as easy as it was even one year ago, so I took the metro into town. (Given the present state of my legs, it’s hard to believe that I backpacked more than 400 miles along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela last summer.)

Paris has an unbelievable number of trains of different types. There must be more than a dozen subway lines, a handful of suburban train lines, which run underground inside the city and connect with the subway system. Then there are a half dozen long-distance trains stations, all of them immense and like icebergs in the sense that the large portion of the train station that you see above ground is only the part of the structure. Most of the stations consist of underground passageways, halls, tunnels, etc.

All of these trains are very heavily used. Yesterday, when I was quick enough to get a seat as passengers got off at one of the subway stops, I discreetly snapped this picture of my fellow passengers riding in one of the cars in a very long subway train. The woman facing me doesn’t seem too happy to see me seated and fiddling with my cell phone.

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I spent several hours on the Champs Elysee, the most visited street in Paris. The street’s name translates into English as the Elysian Fields.

Below is a shot up the street toward the Arc of Triumph. As you can see, it was an overcast day, although it did not rain, and I it was not so chilly that I needed by jacket.

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One can mount to the top of the Arc of Triumph after paying an entrance fee. I have never been at the top and planned to do it yesterday, but a sign at the ticket booth proclaimed that the elevator was out of order. My legs were already feeling tired from having walked several miles, and I did not relish the thought of climbing stairs all the way to the top, so I gave it a pass.

The following picture shows some of the intricate carvings that adorned the Arc on all sides. A lot of work went into its construction in the days when all of the work was done with hand tools.

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From the traffic island on which the Arc of Triumph stands, I took this picture of the traffic circling the Arc. The picture looks toward the Champs Elysee, which is marked by the trees on either side of it. This is one of the most important traffic circles in Paris. Naturally, if you tried to cross through the traffic to reach the Arc, you would be run over soon after stepping off the curb. There is an underground passage leading from the Champs Elysee to the Arc

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