|Glittering pre-war Paris had all sorts of reputations;
to scholars, it was the most civilized and cultured; to the American colony, it was the
gayest; to Parisians and their converts, it was the most beautiful city in the world.
Slightly less alluring after four years of German occupation, the French capital,
nevertheless, served well many thousands of American fighting men. Handicapped by a
48-hour time limit, T-Patch tourists budgeted their minutes cautiously,. learned that the
Yanks of 1918 were not kidding. In one large two-hour gulp, bus guides pointed out the
Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Napoleon's Tomb and
comparable sights. Men strolled the Champs Elysees, viewed the Louvre's deleted
collections, motored out to Versailles, dated vivacious Parisiennes, took in a performance
at the Opera, had a wonderful time.
|Soilders ride a fiacre along the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Stockingless bicyclers were numerous.
||The Arc de Triomphe, started in 1806 by Napoleon to commemorate
his victories, was high on sightseeing lists.
|When the Stage Door Canteen was opened in Paree, Maurice
Chevalier was on hand to sing "Mimi."
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