Continuing my virtual trip to Paris, while whiling away the pandemic time... From the top of the Tour Montparnasse in Paris, you can look into the Jardin des Tuileries at the Louvre. The long street along the north side of the garden, lined with grand buildings, hotels, and shops, is the rue de Rivoli, with its arcades.
Not far from the Louvre, on the right bank of the Seine at the north end of Le Pont Neuf, is the Art Nouveau/Art Déco building that used to be occupied by the Samaritaine department store, Paris's largest. It was closed down in 2005 after going into decline in the 1970s. The re-opening of the building was scheduled for 2020 but has been postponed until 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is the Gare Montparnasse, just south of the Tour Montparnasse. Even if you've been there many times to take the TGV to Tours, Bordeaux, or Brittany, you might not have seen this part of the complex — unless you've been to the top of the tower nearby.
P.S. I had an appointment with my doctor yesterday. It was routine — I see him twice a year. I asked him if there have been any recent Covid-19 cases in the Saint-Aignan area. He said he hasn't heard of any since last March/April. Good news, even with thousands of people from all over France and Europe visiting our main tourtist attraction, the Beauval zoo with it's giant pandas. Meanwhile, in Paris, starting today, everybody has to wear a mask everywhere. Unfortnately, the number of new coronavirus cases in the city is going up.