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Another wedding anniversary came, and we took a trip to England and France...our first time together in Europe.

Locator Map for England   Locator Map for France

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The Tower of London

It is difficult to consider London without thinking (or singing) "London Bridge is falling down..." Well, here it is, the Bridge at the Tower of London. The real London Bridge is in Arizona USA and can be seen here. 
 "Tower Bridge" tourist attraction  

One of the major attractions that brought us to England was Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument, celestial observatory, and calculator, one of the UK's many listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stonehenge was built between 1600 and 1900 BCE, about 1000 years after the Pyramids of Egypt, and a few hundred years before the fall of Troy.
 
tourist attraction

Stonhenge, Salisbury Plain, UK

Jerrold Patz Boarding the Chunnel Train in London's Waterloo Station

Jerrold Patz in front of the Eurostar train which runs under the English Channel. Popularly called the “Chunnel”, it is a high-speed rail link between London and Paris. The project began with the signing of the Channel Tunnel Treaty between France and Britain in 1986; passenger service began in 1994. We took it in 2001 from London's Waterloo Station.
 picture Jerrold Patz "channel train" "Chunnel Train" "Eurostar Train"  "Jerrold Patz"  

The Chunnel Train arriving at Gare du Nord (north station), Paris.

The Eurostar "Chunnel" Train in Paris

The Statue of Liberty, Paris, France

This is not exactly what you think it is! 
Yes, it is the Statue of Liberty, but not the one in New York Harbor which was a gift from the People of France to the USA. This is the original model, situated on an island in the River Seine, at Pont de Grenelle. Compare this to the large US "original" and to another similar statue in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. tourist attraction

No visit to Paris could be complete without the Louvre, one of the most famous museums in the world. A former castle, onetime prison, and now a museum (with the 'Mona Lisa' as a guest). The main entrance is the glass pyramid by I.M. Pei.

The Pyramidal Entrance to the Louvre, Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Naimah is standing in front of Cathedral de Notre-Dame, on Île de la Cité, in the River Seine, Paris. Construction began in 1163, and the towers were finished in 1245.
  "Notre Dam Cathedral" tourist attraction 

This is an example of Notre-Dame's famed stained glass windows. This is a scene of the Southern Rose Window, perhaps the most detailed and beautiful. It depicts the Signs of the Zodiac, the Months, and the Vices & Virtues.
 
"Notre Dam Cathedral"  "Stained glass windows of Notre Dam"  

The Rose Window, Notre Dame, Paris

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Here, I am standing in front of the Eiffel Tower, probably the single greatest symbol of Paris. Originally erected for the 1889 World's Fair, the citizenry wanted to tear it down and reuse the materials. But here it stands, still the tallest building (320 meters) in Paris. It held the record as the tallest building in the world from 1889 to 1930.

Compare this to the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower.
picture Jerrold Patz
 "Jerrold Patz"  "tallest building in Paris" tourist attraction 

Here we are, in front of Sacré-Coeur on top of Montmarte Hill, Paris. A curious mix of Romanesque and Byzantine styles, construction began in 1876.
 picture Jerrold Patz Naimah
"Jerrold Patz" "Sacre coeur"   

Sacre Coeur, Paris

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sacre coeur  notre dame  chunnel  tourist attraction "English Channel"