Paris, France, December 23, 1998


I decided to hang out at Rueil Malmaison on the morning of December 23 before I checked out of the hotel. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming little suburb, which had small personable shops, friendly people, and good home style cooking. Napoleon's wife Josephine had a castle in Rueil Malmaison, which I visited that morning. After leaving Rueil, I wandered aimlessly in Paris, trying to kill time before catching the 10:29pm red-eye train to Frankfurt. Besides the places pictured here, I also went to Place de la Bastille, Gare d'Austerlitz (Austerlitz train station), Ministère de la Defence, the National Assembly, La Madeline, La Défense (and Grande Arche) and Musée d'Orsay. Unfortunately, I got to the Musée d'Orsay half an hour before closing, so I elected not to enjoy its awesome Impressionist collections this time. I did see some of its collections 14 years ago in Musée Jeu de Paume on the edge of Jardin des Tuileries, before d'Orsay was a museum. I was evacuated out of that building because of a bomb threat!
Cathedrale de Notre-Dame and La Seine (river)

Somehow, I ended up at the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral while I was
wandering aimlessly along La Seine. I decided to take the photo from
this angle, because the front of the Notre-Dame was still under
renovation. The Left Bank (south) side of Notre-Dame is the Latin
Quarter, which is very student-oriented. Last I checked, my back
was still straight...
Place de la Concorde and Obelisque

Formerly called Place de la Révolution, this is where people were
guillotined during the French Revolution. The Egyptian Obelisk in
the foreground, more than 3000 years old, was a gift to France in
1829. The buildings in the background are part of the Musée Bouilhet-
Christofle. You can see a bit of La Madeline between the buildings.

Château of Josephine, Rueil Malmaison

This is a view of Josephine's castle from the entrace gate. The
castle was closed when I got there, and I couldn't wait until the
opening time (10:00am) because I was planning to wander in
Paris. I plan to revisit Rueil Malmaison if I'm in Paris next
time, so I'll be back here later, I'm sure...

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