After the Ile St-Louis, we just walked along the river and came across a few interesting things.
I love this building. What a great old advertisement. (At least, I'm assuming that's what it is.)
Isn't this view of the river and the cathedral awesome?
THE Academy. They decide what happens to the French language--for example, when new words come into existence in English, the Academy decides whether to simply adpot the English word (such as e-mail), or create a French equivalent (courriel).
The Académie consists of forty members, known as immortels (immortals). New members are elected by the members of the Académie itself. Académicians hold office for life, but they may be removed for misconduct. The body has the task of acting as an official authority on the language; it is charged with publishing an official dictionary of the language. Its rulings, however, are only advisory; not binding on either the public or the government.
Ames and I also walked along the Champs Elysees. This is the lower portion of the Champs Elysees, towards the Place de la Concorde. There is a park on either side of the street with some wandering sidewalks and beautiful flowers. The trees were all blossoming, so we stopped to take some pictures. I think this one happened by accident, but it's my favorite because I think it's so sassy and cute. (Ahem. This means I think you should click on it and view the bigger version so you can see Amy's expression. I love it!!)