I spent five months in Paris as an exchange student in the spring of 1996 and will always remember it as my first taste of "world-travel". I learned much about French language and culture while I was there and have really enjoyed getting to play tour guide a bit for other friends on many return trips over the years. Hopefully these pictures reflect some of its rich history and current status as a center of culture, food, and fashion. Now if we could just get the tourists there to stop wearing those silly berets...

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Here's an overview of the city taken from the tower of Notre Dame Cathedral. I really prefer European skylines to North American ones! The garden view of the world's most famous cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. A night view of the Arc de Triomphe. A night and day view of the famous Eiffel Tower from the Champs de Mars lawn. I really like the way this photo from behind the clock at the Musee d'Orsay turned out. The fountain at Place St. Michel where I always begin my visits to Paris.There's a whole history behind "la metropolitaine" of Paris that can be seen in the various "Metro" signs all over the city. Once a palace and now a museum, here's a shot of the Louvre, home of Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, along with I. M. Pei's glass pyramids. The gold plated dome of the Hotel des Invalides, now the site of Napoleon's tomb. Here is part of the Jardin de Luxembourg with the Senat behind. The Sacre Coeur basilica at the highest land point in the Montmartre section of Paris.The famous cabaret showplace of the Moulin Rouge. Vestiges of the old Roman colony of Lutece that would later be Paris still exist throughout the city including this old arena where people now go to play boules. The Grande Arche in the modern part of Paris where I lived as a student for five months. A picture of the July Column, site of the Bastille prison stormed in 1789 and start of the French revolution. A slightly different perspective of the Eiffel Tower as I am on my way up to the top.Formerly a palace and most famously a prison, the Conciergerie was the site of many executions following the revolution. Entrance to the Sorbonne in Paris, one of the oldest universities. A Parisan essential, a perfect 'cafe expres'. Under Paris are countless old tunnels and caverns, some that are used to house hundreds of thousands of bones from old cemeteries. Le Consulat, site of the old Savoyard consulate that became a cafe frequented by many of the most famous painters of Montmartre.