Monthly Archives: July 2013

More Paris Highlights

Gargoyles keep watch over Paris

Gargoyles serve two main purposes: they act as rain spouts to keep water away from the sides of buildings and to scare evil spirits away from the church. With 5,000 gargoyles at Notre Dame (not all of them are rain … Continue reading

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A mélange of signs

Help!

  On our first walk around Paris we noticed a “do not enter” sign that had been humorously altered. We saw others in Paris and even more in Florence. Intrigued, I tried to locate the artist on the internet and … Continue reading

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Paris 2013—Out and about

Fontaine St-Michel

Fontaine St-Michel, on the corner of Boulevard St-Michel and St-André des Arts was a landmark marking one of the outskirts of “our neighborhood” during our short time in Paris. This fountain, which depicts Archangel Michael and the devil, was intended to … Continue reading

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En route to Paris May 2013

Around the world from east to west.

On Sunday May 19 2013 we left Christchurch for a whirlwind 33 day holiday. Eight flights in all, the shortest was one hour and 10 minutes between Frankfurt and Paris and the longest was the slog back home from San … Continue reading

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