Did you know Jim Morrison’s dad commanded the American fleet in the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin confrontation? We saw Jim Morrison’s grave today at the 110-acre Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris’ 20th arrondissement which is what led me to want to read more about Morrison on Wikipedia.
The cemetery is one of the most beautiful and fascinating sites we’ve seen in a city full of beautiful and fascinating sites.
Below: Petit Palais, near Pont Alexandre III where we walked last week
Below: Pont/Bridge Alexandre III
Below: Musee de l’Armee is now housed in L’Hôtel des Invalides that was built under the direction of Louis XIV as a home for sick and injured veterans. It’s a large complex of beautiful buildings with a large esplanade in front (host to a few soccer games when we were there) leading to the Alexander III Bridge and Seine River.
The famous Champs-Elysées runs between the Arc de Triomph and Place de la Concorde (where a lot of people had their heads chopped off during the French Revolution). The street is known for its fashion houses, but it’s Disneyfied now. (Literally – there’s a Disney store there.) The couture designers are on a nearby street – Avenue Montaigne.
While I stayed at the apartment a few days ago to figure out what trains to take for our three-week Central and Eastern European train trip, the kids walked to Place de la Concorde and Jardin des Tuileries where Charlie rode the carousel.