Alors!…. On our way early to get a lot into our last day in Paris!  We started off at Musee De L’Armee Hotel National Des Invalides.  In other words – Napoleon’s tomb and Army museum.  The whole structure was built in 1670 by Louis XIV intended to lodge veterans from his wars.  At the end of the 17th century it housed 4,000 people and was run like a true town.  In 1840 Louis-Philippe I ordered the remains of Napoleon I to be returned from the island of Saint Helena to Paris, and for a tomb to be erected under the Dome of L’Hotel des Invalides.  It was completed in 1861.  The other parts of this old building houses the Army museums and it was quite a nice layout with a nice flow and English explanations.  I am quite the expert now on how to set up a good museum! Hah!  From there we walked over to do the tour of the Paris sewers.  Under Napoleon I, the first Parisian vaulted sewer network was built. Thus was built more than a century ago a double water supply network and a sewer network the length of which was 600km in 1878.  Interesting – but stinky.  We made fast work of that tour!  We then took a historical break and went to the Galleries Lafayette.  It was not the mall for us!  All big name products and very expensive.  But we had lunch there and were just astounded that so  many people can afford those prices.  The place was packed.  At lunch we met a nice young women from Cairo, Egypt.  Without prompting – because you know how I can be – she said “Obama is really bad and has done a bad thing for Egypt in his support of the Muslim Brotherhood”  And she was muslim!  Of course I found her very interesting.  She was actually very passionate against him.  Enough politics!  We still had some daylight left and decided to go over to Notre Dame.  When we got there we were very surprised to see they have erected stands in front of the church.  Apparently they have a night show now.  The whole thing seemed too commercial and the line to get in to the sanctuary and the line to climb the steps to the top was too long so we just took a walk around the perimeter. We had both been in the sanctuary 3 years ago.  A wonderful last day in Paris.

Paris Day 5 001

Some music while we travel on the Metro to start our morning!

Some music while we travel on the Metro to start our morning!

Musee De L'Armee' Hotel National Des Invalides -both a museum and a monument

Musee De L’Armee’ Hotel National Des Invalides -both a museum and a monument

Interesting windows

Interesting windows

The gold dome is the tomb of Napoleon

The gold dome is the tomb of Napoleon

It's all about Napoleon

It’s all about Napoleon

The dome in Napoleon's tomb

The dome in Napoleon’s tomb

Paris Day 5 012

The altar in the tomb building

The altar in the tomb building

Napoleon's tomb from above

Napoleon’s tomb from above

Ferdinand Foch's tomb: 1851-1929. Marshall of France

Ferdinand Foch’s tomb:
1851-1929.
Marshall of France

The 1676 chapel is on the other side of those windows

The 1676 chapel is on the other side of those windows

Paris Day 5 018 Paris Day 5 019

gold candalabra

gold candalabra

Paris Day 5 021

The chapel on the other side of Napoleon's tomb

The chapel on the other side of Napoleon’s tomb

Looking down at his tomb

Looking down at his tomb

Napoleon's tomb

Napoleon’s tomb

Paris Day 5 025 Paris Day 5 026

Napoleon's son was buried here

Napoleon’s son was buried here

Paris Day 5 029 Paris Day 5 031 Paris Day 5 035

The front of the building of Napoleon's tomb

The front of the building of Napoleon’s tomb

Army museum

Army museum

Paris Day 5 039 Paris Day 5 040

Mud-splattered trench coat from 1915

Mud-splattered trench coat from 1915

Paris Day 5 043

The German code machine called "Enigma"

The German code machine called “Enigma”

Paris Day 5 047 Paris Day 5 048

The ball turret for the machine guns from a b-17

The ball turret for the machine guns from a b-17

Paris Day 5 052

The Chapel window looking from the chapel in to the tomb

The Chapel window looking from the chapel in to the tomb

Paris Day 5 055 Paris Day 5 062

Dueling pistols

Paris Day 5 063 Paris Day 5 064 Paris Day 5 066 Paris Day 5 068

All about Napoleon

Paris Day 5 069 Paris Day 5 070 Paris Day 5 071 Paris Day 5 072 Paris Day 5 074

Dragoons

Paris Day 5 077

Opera House

Paris Day 5 078

Opera house

Paris Day 5 079

From our lunch at the Galleries

The shopping Gallerie Lafayette.

The shopping Gallerie Lafayette.

The Galleries

The Galleries

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Paris Day 5 083

Looking down to the doors from the stands.

Looking down to the doors from the stands.

Paris Day 5 085

The stands in front of Notre Dame

The stands in front of Notre Dame

Paris Day 5 087 Paris Day 5 088 Paris Day 5 089