(Memorial de la Deportation)
This is a memorial to the 200,000 French victims of the Nazi concentration camps. It's a dark, single file chamber. Inside the circular plaque in the floor reads "They descended into the mouth of the earth and they did not return."
The corridor-like chamber is lined with 200,000 lighted crystals, one for each French citizen that died. At one end is an eternal flame of hope. At the other end is the tomb of the unknown deportee.
The inscription says "Dedicated to the living memory of the 200,000 French Deportees sleeping in the night and the fog, exterminated in the Nazi concentration camps." As you exit the message is "Forgive, but never forget" which is the same inscription at all Nazi memorial sights.
We strolled down the Seine enjoying the cooling evening.
Our last meal in Paris at a classic Parisian restaurant
|French beer (for Gana, I had champagne)|
|Look at that lovely hunk of blue cheese|
|Assorted cold meats, gherkins and bread|
|Almond crusted trout with boiled potatoes|
|A little church about a block from our hotel where we stopped in at the end of mass. From there we picked up our luggage from the lobby of our hotel, Hotel du Champs de Mars and took the Metro to the train station and caught a night train for the coast!|