Paris- July 2001

 

Florence

Churches in Rome

Pantheon in Rome

Touring Rome

Lake Maggiore

 Paris

We stopped by the famous Notre Dame Cathedral

Kevin holding up a piece of bread so the Pigeons can eat off his hands.

 

Kevin standing in front of the controversial Glass Pyramid.

The construction of the pyramid triggered considerable controversy, many people feeling that this futuristic edifice looks quite out of place in front of the Louvre Museum with its classical architecture. Others came to appreciate the juxtaposing of contrasting architectural styles as a successful merger of the old and the new, the classical and the ultra-modern and I agree!

Of all the Grands Projects in Paris, none created such a stir as the Pei's Pyramids in the courtyard of the famous Louvres Museum.

Louvre Pyramid is the large metal and glass pyramid which serves as the main entrance to the Musée du Louvre and has in the meantime become a landmark for the city of Paris.    Commissioned by then French president Francois Mitterrand, it was built in 1989 by the famous architect I. M. Pei from New York, who was responsible for the design of the Miho Museum in Japan  among others. The structure, which was constructed entirely with glass segments, reaches a height of 20.6 meters (about 70 feet); its square base has sides of 35 meters (115 feet).

Dung, chi Huong and I hanging around the souvenir boutiques inside le Louvre.

Here we are on the street of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, an upper-class bourgeois residential district also known for its artistry in general, and has many galleries. It is also known for the quality clothing boutiques and gastronomical street-side commerce, cafés and bistrots namely the "Café Flore" and "Deux Magots".

 Kevin, Timothy, Mai Chi, and Khang, are standing of a piece of art,  resembling a remnant of an earth quake,  displayed on the corner of the street.

  

We ended the evening at Le Bistro de la Gare Restaurant.  I think Kevin and Timothy enjoyed their dinner.
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