Traffic jams in Paris!
Scenes shot from the Roissy bus
After being stuck in a traffic jam (I think there was a march) for well over twenty minutes, the disgruntled passengers were finally released at Gare St. Lazare.
Alain Senderens, awarded two Michelin stars. Had lunch here in 2006.
Place de la Concorde
Obelisk, Place de la Concorde
Jeu de Paume, where Steichen's retrospective is being held
Pont des Arts
Dries van Noten from the Left Bank. I've one pair of van Noten pants, which I bought at Bon Marche. While trying on those pants, I lost 90 euros, which I amazingly found later that day.
Street musicians by the church at St. Germain des Pres
A still life that's actually a portrait when viewed upside down.
IM Pei's pyramid for the Louvre
Last shot of Paris before I used the No. 7 Metro near the Louvre for Opera to catch the bus back to the airport.
Projections for the strike the next day
Printemps (taken from Roissy bus)
Charles de Gaulle Terminal 1, designed by Paul Andreu
Flights take off from "satellites."
School children, whom I thought were marching to climb up to the Acropolis (I was mistaken)
Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 161 AD. (My edition of Michelin guide claims 161 BC -- looks like a mistake?)
Up to the Acropolis
(Ancient) Agora with Temple of Theseus (Theseion) (or Hephaisteion) (?). Temple c. 5th century BC.
Parthenon (does this really need a caption?)
Erectheion, famous for the Caryatids, which support it. One was removed by Lord Elgin and is in the British Museum.
Old Acropolis Museum.
Ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Olympieion)
Theatre of Dionysius (?)
Tschumi's museum, seen from the Acropolis
Reading various billboards detailing the restoration project, I get the impression that the original structure might have been mostly removed and replaced by casts and copies.
National Archaeological Museum
Death mask from Mycenae (Grave Circle A), traditionally attributed to Agamemnon's, c. 16th century BC.
Vase, Geometric Period (?), 8th century BC.
Celebrated kouros from Temple of Poseidon, c. 6th century BC.
Kore Phrasikleia, 550-540 BC ("loveliest kore in the National Museum," p. 27 of museum guidebook) and kouros (560-550 BC).
Zeus or Poseidon, recovered off Cape Artemision, dated to c. 460 BC.
Frescoes from Akrotiri on Santorini, supposedly destroyed in a volcanic eruption that also destroyed the Minoan Civilization on Crete (c. 16th century BC). I visited Akrotiri in 2003.
Epinetron ("vase used in processing wool") in its separate case
Temple of Poseidon (taken from the bus).
Trying to get an artistic shot of Temple of Poseidon. Nice, doncha think?
Last shot of Acropolis at night around 11:35 pm before I returned to the hotel to get my bag.
Athens airport, around 1 am.
Gate for Tel Aviv flight.
Arrival, Tel Aviv.
Finally -- about to eat some Laduree macarons!
"The Mad House" (influenced by -- surprise, surprise -- Antonio Gaudi)
Hilton Hotel on Hayarkon Street
Independence Park (near the Hilton Hotel) -- reputed to be a gay cruising area at night.
Tel Aviv beaches near the Hilton
Towards the northern harbor/waterfront area, with lots of shops and people.
We had to stop here for some sex toys (just kidding).
"Our love is like a wet towel" (?) (in Yiddish)
Jaffa, the old harbor and Arab quarter
Sorry, I can't tell you what I wished for.
Leaving Tel Aviv
Royal Jordanian Lounge, Amman, Jordan