Paris Arc de Triomphe ,Champs-Elysées,and Alma !

I had a much useful time in Paris on my last visit this past week, actually I think I walked a lot lol!

I came in as usual thru my Gare Montparnasse (see previous entry), and quickly moved to the Place de l’Alma and its bridge and then the avenue des Champs-Elysées and of course the Arc de Triomphe areas. This is a bit of that walking trip of glorious Paris,the one you never get tired of visiting even if lucky enough to live in France…

First, who does not come to Paris and not visit the avenue des Champs-Elysées ….even with all it’s tourist hordes all over ,it is still a wonder to see and feel and locals like it too.  However, I won’t tell nothing new, rather you taste it try it and see it, there is something for everybody here,and the new excellent official site has plenty in English to show you to the things you like to do. Here it is: http://www.champselysees-paris.com/

And for a magical video music from the great French singer Joe Dassin, here is youtube videos:

 

Moving on away from it you can cut across avenue Marceau or ave George V to reach the wonderful Pont de l’Alma and its square of Place de l’Alma (see the flame of liberty from the top part of the statue of liberty) . A magical place and bridge love by all locals and visitors alike.  The bridge is recent, built in 1969 to 1973 and 143 meters long by 42 meters wide with an old soldier Zouave to keep an eye on the rises of the river Seine flood prevention. This bridge replaces one done in 1854 and it now links the  Place de l’Alma on the right bank to the Quai Branly on the left bank. More on the Paris tourist office here: http://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73139/Pont-de-l-Alma

You will see a couple photos from the controversial Russain Orthodox Church been build on the quai Branly with Russian money and some says Putin’s money. The avenue Marceau is a wonderful street leading from the Place de l’Alma to the Arc de Triomphe passing by the Embassy of Spain, the Institut Cervantes (under renovations), and the Yves-Saint-Laurent foundation Pierre Bergé amongst the notable buildings here.

I stop here to have my lunch at the simple but chic  Berts right next Alma-Marceau metro line 9 exit off the Avenue du Wilson. More on the resto chain here:  http://www.berts.fr/o/nos-adresses/

Right by here, you see the entrance to the Sewers tour of Paris, well not my cup of tea to visit sewers but it is popular, the Egouts de Paris ;more info here: http://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71499/Musee-des-egouts-de-Paris

From the square Alma, further down on Avenue de New York, you can visit my old haunts visited many times the American Center of the Mona Bismarck Foundation. An American  contemporary arts center and exhibition place.  And see right across it the Bridge or Passarelle Debilly created for the Universal Exposition of 1900. And of course, the big Tour Eiffel across it.  More on them here: http://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73157/Passerelle-Debilly

The Mona Bismarck was for many years the home of many American organisations in Paris some of which I belong, and now it is totally dedicated to showcasing the American arts to the French public and of course all visitors to Paris. More here: http://www.monabismarck.org/

All in all, you never see Paris, but rather Paris see you, there is much more to Paris than a blog or a post. Paris is a movable feast you never stop loving it once bitten. Cheers

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4 Comments to “Paris Arc de Triomphe ,Champs-Elysées,and Alma !”

  1. I have not yet climbed up the Arc de Triomphe, it get to be done one day.

  2. OMG, I’ve been looking for the title of that song for a very long time. I love that hearing that song when they play it on the radio, but I couldn’t play it on my own through youtube or download because I didn’t know the title. I didn’t know the title is that same boulevard I’ve been to 6 years ago. Thank you, thank you. I always love Paris, and I always dream of coming back there.

    • Glad the post made you find the video, it is a classic French singer that I have his CD,actually born in New York City too !French parents. Joe Dassin that is. Cheers

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