The Sapling and I took a one week trip to Paris in March, 2007. We were blessed with especially fine weather for all of the week up until the day we left. We chose to stay in an apartment in the Marais, and then developed our own scheme of touring each day as our energy and interests dictated. Coming from the U.S., we arrived at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) at 6:30am Saturday morning, that compressed the night time into about six hours. East is my least favorite direction to travel! CDG was a fascinating place, with travelers coming from all around the globe, including cities in Africa that I did not recognize. Our bags took forever to emerge. We then took the Air France bus into the city (about 12 Euros per person). The bus dropped us at the Arc de Triomphe. It was a spectacularly clear and brisk morning. We decided to walk to the Marais, hauling our bags. As we headed down the Champs Elysee, I turned around and captured this shot. The Arc is luminous and in sharp contrast to the deep blue sky.