Anyway, after we lounged around the little park behind Notre Dame for an hour or so, we got up and started walking back towards the Place de la Concorde. On the way, we made a slight detour to see this golden statue of Joan of Arc:
I couldn't decide which close-up picture I liked better, the one above or the one below, so you get both.
Aaaaand now I want to watch Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. I'm on an 80s movie kick lately (ok, not so unusual)...last night we watched Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I heart Indiana Jones.
We stopped in the Tuileries Garden for probably another hour because that's how we roll; they have some lovely parks and gardens in Paris for lounging about. Then we got up and kept walking towards the Place de la Concorde, but on the way we couldn't resist taking this picture:
Because sometimes we still have Bart Simpson's sense of humor. I'm almost kind of embarrassed to say that I'm the one who laughed about it first.
So, in the Place de la Concorde (home of that Egyptian obelisk), there are 8 lady statues representing other French cities. We were in "golden light" in the afternoon when we got to the square (which is why we spent so much time lounging about beforehand) so I got some nice lighting for four of the statues; the sun was behind the other four so those came out more like silhouettes, but this gives you the idea.
See, pretty lighting, nice blue sky behind the ladies.
There's that obelisk I mentioned. And I think I said something about how they had these awesome Egyptian-esque lampposts in the square too? Behold!
And tilt your head to the left, dash it all. This is the only pic I took and it's stinkin' CROOKED.
There's a closeup for you. There's also a couple of fountains in the square, so we took pictures of that too.
"You better not spit water in my face, fish breath."
The whole fountain...maybe I should have lightened this up a bit before I posted it? Ehh, whatever.
I like the green and gold on the fountain...not just 'cause they're my college colors. The water in the fountain kept turning on and off while we were taking pictures; Lee was starting to wonder if someone was controlling it just to mess with him because every time he tried to take a picture with the water going, it quit.
More spittin' fishes.
And there I am with the fountain, right after they turned the water off again.
View down the Champs Elysees, you can just see the Arc de Triomphe in the center of the picture. This would be a stellar shot early in the morning when the sun is in the opposite direction, but this was a vacation and we try not to get up early when we're on vacation.
Lee set the camera up on the fence around the obelisk and set the timer to get this picture. Really, we were just hanging out and burning some time waiting for the sun to go down and the lights to come on because Lee really wanted a picture of the Eiffel Tower all lit up (which you've already seen). I swear they waited extra-long that night to turn the lights on because we sat there freezing for, like, EVER before it finally happened. But I'll share those pics next time.