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.
All about Napoleon
From our lunch at the Galleries