|Place de la Concorde, with the Eiffel Tower in the background|
|A view of the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe from Place de la Concorde|
Next, I headed to Musee Rodin, a museum I've wanted to visit since I was young, after reading Naked Came I, a novel by David Weiss about the sculptor Rodin's life. More recently, I'd learned that the museum also features some works by his student and mistress, Camille Claudel. After seeing the movie of her life (Camille Claudel), and reading her diaries, I felt a special kinship to her, and wrote an article about that connection for a magazine in the 90's, which you can read here:
|Camille Claudel's sculpture, The Wave|
|The Thinker, in the garden at Musee Rodin|
Once I'd seen both the museums, I wandered for awhile on the nearby streets and came across a park outside Les Invalides, an area of buildings devoted to military history, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans. Napoleon's tomb is also located in this complex of buildings.
|Rue Cler flowers|
|Metro signs are a common sight, providing easy access to the best subway system in the world.|