The vastness of France can only really be appreciated if one embarks on a "road trip". We set off on such a trip a few years ago from the Loire Valley in the west to the Chartreuse region in the east. The above photos were taken en route from the highway as we traversed the Massif Central.
This imposing and highly ornate building is the Hotel de Ville - the "City Hall" of Paris. Originally built in the 17th century, it was severely damaged by fire in 1871, but fortunately restored to its original state. OJ
The Fountain of the Innocents was carefully restored and moved to its current position near Les Halles in the 18th Century. It was originally erected on the Rue St Denis in 1549 after being designed by the sculptor, Jean Goujon. Its name derives from its having been a popular meeting place for the youth of Paris.
The joys of visiting France in July ... long days, wonderful weather, sunshine and blue skies, BUT queues everywhere - judged not by their length, but the time it takes to get to the entrance. This was an hour plus queue at the Palace of Versailles in July 2010. Nevertheless, it was worth it!
"Coffee falls into your
stomach, and straightway there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move like
the battalions of the Grand Army of the battlefield, and the battle takes
place. Things remembered arrive at full gallop, ensuing to the wind. The light
cavalry of comparisons deliver a magnificent deploying charge, the artillery of
logic hurry up with their train and ammunition, the shafts of wit start up
like sharpshooters. Similes arise, the paper is covered with ink; for the
struggle commences and is concluded with torrents of black water"