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Louvre Pyramid.

Louvre Pyramid.

I still have jet lag and I’ve been back in Denver, Colorado for 2 days now. Essentially, the symptom of not being able to sleep soundly the last couple of nights tells me a couple of things: 1. Besides jet lag, I have a lot on my mind, especially completing my 2012 taxes (more on this in a bit); and, 2. A persistent headache likely due to not being acclimatized to Denver’s altitude is going to stick around for a few more days.

This post will wrap up what I did in Paris my last couple of days, as well as my trip back home. I am still hesitant to provide any perspective about what I learned and can take away from this trip – about myself, the countries I visited, the cultures I was exposed to, people I met, and what I liked and didn’t like during this round the world trip. In short, that will take me a few days to process and reflect upon in my mind, before I reveal these thoughts.

However, I can say this . . . I had a lot of fun andΒ  I am impressed at what I accomplished during this epic journey, especially at my age. In effect, this is something I would not repeat simply because I doubt I would have the requisite energy necessary to complete another trip of this magnitude. That being said, if I was still in my 20s, I think this trip would have been a piece of cake. Hard to explain, but going around the world – the way I did it – requires a tremendous amount of motivation, energy, and stamina, which I apparently had . . . but barely. Grin.

The last few days in Paris were a whirlwind of activity, as I did visit the Louvre Museum; rented a bicycle for a couple of hours and toured the city; did a Seine river boat tour with Angie and Carmen; and allowed significant time to watch the world go by at a few Paris bistros and cafes.

My trip back home was smooth as Icelandic glaciel water, as I was quite impressed with the efficiency of that airline’s flight attendants, aircraft, and Keflavik Airport that I stopped at. However, Iceland is not a place that I have on my travel bucket list any time soon. Why? From what I observed in the air landing and taking off – it seems quite desolate. I know they have mountains somewhere in that country, but for the life of me, I couldn’t spot them on our approach to Keflavik International Airport. Similarly, where is the closest city? Other than a few houses and out buildings, I didn’t spot anything resembling a major metropolitan area from the air. Nor did I see many automobiles on what looked like the major highway leading from the airport. Actually, the immediate area around the airport is very reminiscent of Denver’s airport, e.g., yellow tinged scrub grass or weeds. Now, before I get heckled by those in the know about Iceland, perhaps Keflavik airport is like Denver airport, where the locals joke, “They might as well have located Denver International Airport in Kansas” due to it’s proximity to the city of Denver.Β  Anyone who has visited Iceland, feel free to comment on the positives. πŸ™‚

Regarding my taxes, I have searched 6 ways from Sunday my entire condo and I can’t locate my tax documents. I contacted my tax accountant, Bill, to see if I had already sent them out to him prior to going on my trip and he said, “No.” Hmm . . .

Also, prior to recognizing that I couldn’t find these documents, I had gone through the mail that my neighbor, Daryl had been collecting for me while I was on my trip. I went through that, along with a pile of other junk mail and other paper documents I keep in a temporary file on my kitchen counter. Every few months, I go through this stuff and retain what I need and store it in a couple of file cabinets I have in a storage room downstairs for my condo unit.Β  Perhaps I went through this combined paper pile and inadvertently threw out the envelope I had put my tax documents in. Arrrrrggggghhhhh!

The good news is that my tax accountant says I have until October to complete my 2012 taxes, so if I don’t locate these documents, I can always request copies from the various financial institutions and get a copy of my W2 wage and tax statement. Oh, I almost forgot (pun intended), I will also visit my physician for my obvious incipient first stage symptoms of dementia.

So, these are some of the photographs I took during my last few days in Paris. By the by, THIS IS SO MUCH EASIER DOING A WORDPRESS POST VIA MY PC THAN WITH MY TABLET. Also, I have spell check, another bonus (as well as stifling the criticism of my friend, Gary, who is anal about grammar and spelling). Enjoy!

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Closer view of the Pyramid.

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Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave” statue. I also saw his “Rebellious Slave” statue at this museum.

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Venus de Milo. Created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, it is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans).

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Interior of Louvre Museum.

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Ancient Egyptian images.

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One of the most famous statues in the world, called Colossal Statue of Ramesses II. This statue represents a king, sitting on a throne covered in inscriptions in the name of Ramesses II. The original identity of this work was the subject of much heated debate: traces of modifications to the crown, face, torso, and throne were long thought to indicate that the king had re-used an older work. It is almost certain, however, that these changes resulted from the monument being moved to another site during the course of the great pharaoh’s sixty-seven-year reign.

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Another famous piece at the Louvre, called the Sitting Scribe. It was amazing that barely any crowds were around this small statue and the Ramesses II statue.

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The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace is by an unknown Greek artist.

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This stunning large painting is quite famous, but I can’t recall the name of it. It is on the opposite wall of the Mona Lisa painting.

Mona Lisa. This is about as close as I got (or anyone got) to the Mona Lisa painting. Unbelievable security for this painting. Crowds were mind-boggling as well.

Mona Lisa. This is about as close as I got (or anyone got) to the Mona Lisa painting. Unbelievable security for this painting. Crowds were mind-boggling as well.

A lot of jostling going on to see this icon.

A lot of jostling going on to see this icon.

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Angie, Carmen, and I were having cappuccino at a cafe when hundreds of people passed us on roller blades. Yes, traffic was stopped for miles. I told Angie and Carmen about a similar bicycle gathering in San Francisco, called “Critical Mass” that would stop all traffic in many parts of the city. The one in San Francisco was started in 1992 and now, most major cities have these “monthly political-protest rides.” Too funny.

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Eiffel Tower.

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Me.

One last shot of the Eiffel Tower.

One last shot of the Eiffel Tower.

Seine river bridge.

Seine river bridge.

Notre Dame.

Notre Dame.

I am not certain but I think this is Notre Dame as well.

I am not certain but I think this is Notre Dame as well.
I honestly don't know what building this is. Too many cathedrals, huh? LOL.

I honestly don’t know what building this is. Too many cathedrals, huh? LOL.

Louvre entrance.

Louvre entrance.

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