Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France (2011)

Photos below: Sculptures by Bruno Catalano.

The above sculptures are by Bruno Catalano, a living French artist who was born in 1960. They are inside a ritzy little mall off the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Each sculpture is actually two pieces. Your eyes are tricked into thinking that the middle of the man has been "blown out" of the statue.

Photo below: the Arc de Triomphe.

I finally got there! My first visit had been in May 1998, with my then 8th-grade, homeschooled daughter. That was so long ago that my daughter has now completed graduate school.

Photo below: Me, in front of the Eternal Flame at the Arc de Triomphe.
The eternal flame at the Arc marks the tomb of an unknown soldier from WW I.

And, that's what I looked like after 30 days on the road. I was a little pooped, a little cold, and still fat when I handed my camera to someone and asked for a photo. God bless my cane! It aided me all over Europe.

Photo below: The McDonald's on the Champs-Elysees.

From the Arc de Triomphe, I walked about two minutes back onto the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and had a fish sandwich at McDonald's. It was lots cheaper than the six scallops at the fancy restaurant the night before, and probably just as tasty.

From the Champs-Élysées, it was a taxi ride to Notre Dame Cathedral.

2011 Trip