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After a busy day of metro rides (we went to the flea market and other distant locations) we walked to the Arc de Triomphe. This is a beautiful structure, totally impressive in construction and size, but almost unreachable from a visual standpoint. It is surrounded by a traffic circle, or accident circle as we came to see it. (Drivers would arrive at the spokes and literally lunge forward at the skimpiest of openings, and speed about through no defined lines of traffic until they exited at the point opposite. If you hesitated you were crushed.)

Since there were too many trees in the way and I couldn't get an unobstructed view of the Arc I turned my attention to the light/signpost in front of me. Paris is a beautiful city, melding medieval and modern aspects of architecture, layout, and decoration. For me much of the visual appeal resided in the lovely fin de siecle touches like this lampost with dramatic lion heads at eye level (note that my sketch is in 3 parts).

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