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#Metz #France #travel - #NotreDame cathedral reveals itself at the end of a narrow street… It is beautiful Gothic architecture, with a mid-height central tower and two taller flanking transept towers much further at back. It’s all lit up at night. 1/
2/ #travel #France - #NotreDame of Paris caught on fire a few years ago. Here is another heartbreaking Notre Dame fire... but this is Metz in 1877... The other images show three other stages of evolution - two earlier and one now. #architecture
3/ Metz is a remarkably beguiling town that enchants absolutely effortlessly. There is a large pedestrian-only expanse in the compact historical district that makes walking around a wonderful, pollution free, safe pleasure. Note Marshall Ney's statue↖️!
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Egypt day 7. The last bits of sightseeing: the West Bank of Luxor. First up: Valley of the Kings, with dozens of burial tombs of the Pharaohs carved deep in the mountain. KV62 (Tutankhamun's tomb) was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. Disoveries of new tombs still ongoing! ImageImageImageImage
Next up, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Many of her images and statues were destroyed by the followers of her stepson Thutmose III after her death (the two had a long-lasting conflict who the legitimate ruler was). ImageImageImageImage
Time to relax a bit after the river cruise/all the temple visits! And what better place than the Winter Palace? This old Victorian palace w palm garden once belonged to Egyptian King Farouk. It's now a #Sofitel. Good room rate (66 EUR/night incl breakfast) & free room upgrade. ImageImageImageImage
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