Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris

After leaving the Louvre and heading west towards the Tuileries and the Champs Élysées, you immediately come upon the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. Built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napolean’s victories – short lived victories as it turned out – this is the little brother of the larger, more famous Arc de Triomphe at the far western end of the Champs Élysées. The weather god was definitely with me my first full day in Paris. Sunny, crystal clear, warm but not hot, a great day to walk myself ragged, which is exactly what I ended up doing.

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Feeding the Pigeons, Chiang Mai

Feeding the Pigeons, Chiang Mai

Personally, being surrounded by a crowd of hungry pigeons is not my idea of a good time. But there were several people, this couple included, who had bought bags of seeds and were feeding big gatherings of pigeons. This small but rather elegant park in the southwest corner of Chiang Mai’s Old City is called Nong Bauk Hard Park. The place has a bit of the feel of the Public Garden in Boston.

 

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