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Old Posted May 2, 2013, 7:03 AM
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4 Days in Paris

Very impressed with my first visit. One of my favorite cities for sure.

Notre Dame and views from the towers.

The Catacombes

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Saint Sulpice Church

Jacquemart André Museum

Louvre Museum

Luxenberg Gardens


Monceau Park

From the Pompidou Center

Rodin Museum

Walking the City

Arc de Triomphe

Eiffel Tower

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Old Posted May 2, 2013, 12:07 PM
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Very nice! It really is a great city!!
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Old Posted May 2, 2013, 1:38 PM
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Annoying fact, these are the spots that lack actual power in the current French constitution, given what contemporary France is.
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The Senate that's accommodated at the Luxembourg palace and the National Assembly located on Place de la Concorde, that's supposed to be the counterpart of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. People in the country often get the feeling that they're just political theaters, some sort of meaningless democratic ornamentations while all significant decisions are made (or discarded) at the Élysée palace where the president stays. The constitution of the French 5th Republic gave the president alone too much power, so much that it would definitely be deemed excessive in the US. Meanwhile, representatives and senators are widely seen as obedient puppets. So you can regard the 5th Republic as an overly presidential system while it's supposed to be semi-presidential, semi-parliamentary. The US presidential institutions seem both more effective and more stable. I'm in favor of a 6th Republic widely inspired by the US system, more decentralized and in which both Houses have a more significant counterweight.
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Old Posted May 2, 2013, 7:17 PM
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thanks for the pics. i can't wait to go back. i especially like the night shot from the arche

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Old Posted May 3, 2013, 1:44 AM
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Old Posted May 8, 2013, 3:31 PM
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amazing stuff.. thanks
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Old Posted May 8, 2013, 6:48 PM
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every bit as grand and regal as it looks. paris is spectacular.
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Old Posted May 23, 2013, 6:35 PM
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This city amazes me every time I look at it. That second shot is one of my many favorites of this set.
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