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Catherine et John devant laTour Eiffel.
When Catherine and I left London we flew to Paris.
Cercle National des Armees
While Catherine and I were in Paris we stayed at the French Military Officers Club "Cercle National des Armees" The club is on place St. Augustin, one block from Gare St. Lazare, two from Galenes Lafayette and three from the Opera and American Express office. The club is in the VIII arrondissement of Paris. Situated on the right bank of the River Seine and centred on the Opéra, the 8th is, together with the 2nd and 9th arrondissements, one of Paris's main business districts. According to the 1999 census, it was the place of employment of more people than any other single arrondissement of the capital. It is also the location of many places of interest, among them the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde, as well as the Élysée Palace, official residence of the President of France.
Lobby of the Cercle National des Armees
Our room at the Cercle National des Armees
The Saint Augustine church
The Saint Augustine church is across the street from where we stayed. You can see our hotel on the right of this picture and the Saint Augustine church on the left. The current Saint Augustine church was built by Victor Baltard in 1868. Saint-Augustin's facade features the four evangelists above arcades, and above them the twelve apostles and rosette window. Its stained glass windows depict bishops and martyrs of the first centuries, and cast-iron columns within feature polychrome angels. The church's organ was built by Charles Spackman Barker. One of the earliest organs to employ electricity.
A statue of Joan of Arc, by Paul Dubois, was erected before the church in 1896.
The Paris Metro was just a few steps from our hotel. This station is named "Saint Augustin" and serves Line 9 of the Paris Metro.
Street scene of Paris.
The river Seine
Another view of the river Seine