Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Les Invalides…

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After lunch near the Pantheon we were off for our afternoon near Les Invalides. We made our way to the Varenne Metro Station. We had been in this station last May when we visited the Rodin Musee. I was excited that we would focus on the dome of Les Invalides that I had seen from a distance during my evening in May with Rodin. Both the U.S. Capitol and the San Francisco City Hall were influenced by this dome by the architect Jules Hardouin Mansart. (The Mansard roof is named for his uncle Francoise Mansart.)
We approached…

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And then detoured into les Jardin de l’Indedant (Garden of the Steward) that is next to Les Invalides.

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Plantings, kale, Mansard roof-line, and Mansart, himself, pouring over his plans…then into the building and Napoleon’s tomb…under the dome…

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Joseph Bonaparte (Napoleon’s brother)

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General Fochs

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The Invalides also contains military museums of the military history of France and is a hospital and retirement home for veterans. A temporary stage had been set up and we heard an opera being practiced for performance…

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Going out to the front we walked toward the Seine and the Pont Alexandre III…

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Past the players…

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The Pont Alexandre III is the fanciest bridge…

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Looking toward Pont des Invalides, the next bridge down…

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On the other side of the bridge is the Grand Palais

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and as we crossed the street we were greeted by Winston Churchill in front of the Petit Palais…

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So much more to see on this day…

Author: loisreynoldsmead

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One thought on “Les Invalides…

  1. Welcome Lois!
    Beautiful pictures. It was nice of you to wander around Paris.
    Also visited these places.
    Have a nice day

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