Le Panthéon

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This past Monday, David and I went to the Latin Quarter to see the Panthéon. We went to the Latin Quarter already, but the Panthéon was closed while we were there as they were installing a new display that celebrates great women of France.

The Panthéon is a short walk from the metro, but a scenic one all the same.
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Isn’t that a great car? It was parked outside a florist shop.

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We went for a walk through a park as well, which took us towards the Museum of Natural History in Paris. We’ll be going back to visit the museum another day.

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This tree is more than 200 years old!

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A café that sold beer from Quebec.

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An autolib’ station! There are several of these stations around Paris, much like the bicycles.

The cars are all electric. You pay for a week or year pass and then an additional amount per hour. If you only want it for one day, it’s free but you pay a fee per 30 minutes. I think it would add up pretty fast – not sure I’d ever use it. But it’s a great service all the same, and I notice a lot of people driving these little cars around.IMG_7168

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A square with a fountain and restaurants that surround it. Very quiet. There were several street vendors with little chairs offering massages. IMG_7172

David and I stopped for coffee and some French Onion Soup before continuing to the Panthéon. There were little croutons in the soup that soaked up the deliciousness. And, as you can see, a pretty incredible layer of Gruyère cheese on top. It was very filling, so we shared the soup.

Afterwards we were on our way.I remember visiting the Panthéon on my previous visit to Paris in 2008 and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, though, the famous “Foucault pendulum” has been removed for repairs for the next three years, which was a bit disappointing.

Nonetheless, we really enjoyed exploring the monument!

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The view outside the entrance.

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There are many impressive pillars that make anyone seem tiny next to them.

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In the basement there is a crypt with all kinds of famous people. Below are the tombs of Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, and Émile Zola.

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David and I really enjoy the Latin Quarter, and I highly recommend it to people visiting Paris. There are so many neat shops and book stores. We saw a board game store with all kinds of puzzles and games. We took note of a few of the titles of the more “native to France” board games so we could go home and look them up. We’ll be going back to buy one we really liked.

Also, another thing to note about the Latin Quarter (especially if you like to drink coffee and sit in cafés), the cafés offer great food for a much better price than elsewhere in Paris. There was a great deal for a coffee and pastry for 3 €, while in areas around the Louvre and Eiffel Tower charge as much as 7 € for a coffee alone.

And you thought Starbucks was bad.

Until next time! 🙂

 

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