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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Parisienne walkways

A trip to Paris last weekend revealed few birds, save for Firecrests, with one heard in the Park du Champ de Mars by the Eiffel tower and one showing very well in bushes by the central avenue in the Pere- Lachaise cemetary. This was however not a birding trip (no optical gear taken save for 1 camera with a standard lens) and Jenny & I visited the Eiffel tower (which replaced Khufu's (Cheops- Greek name), Great Pyramid as the tallest building in the world in 1889, the impressive Louvre museum (the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and the most impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities; after those in the Cairo museum; are housed here), the equally impressive Notre Dam Cathedral complete with a Quasimodo! the Orangery, Les Invalides housing Napoleon Bonaparte's tomb, the Arc de Triomphe, Musee D'Orsay, Victor Hugo's house (author of "The Hunchback of Notre Dam" & "Les Miserables") and the aforementioned cemetary.

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