Paris!! ok so see my Paris!

So on a nice rainy cloudy day in Summer with the heatwave or canicule past us  let me bring you back to my eternal Paris; where it was more sunny than in my neck of the woods for a change! . Enough to write a book on my blog but I like to take you to some emblematic places , and some off the beaten path of my Paris.  All written before in my blog. A bit long but I love the history of what I see. Bear with me please!

Let me tell you about the Faculté des Droit or Faculty of Law of Paris. Before the creation of civil law chairs in the 19C, the Faculty of Law of Paris was called “Faculty of Decree”  in former French “Faculté Décret”. The decree was the part of the law which did not belong to the ecclesiastical courts, that is to say, the civil law and the criminal law of the king. Specializing in this interesting area of ​​Parliament, the University gained a reputation for authority on these issues throughout the West.


In 1771 it received a brand new building on the Pantheon, the one she still occupies today (see photo). It was closed, like the other French faculties, by the French revolution, on September 15, 1793. The “School of Law of Paris” was created in 1802, and became by the decree of March 17, 1808 organizing the Imperial University of Paris. The “New Faculty of Law of Paris”. In 1896, it was grouped with the other four faculties in Paris to form the new University of Paris.

Official Pantheon Sorbonne University of Paris on the law faculty

The train station of Saint-Lazare,  or Gare St Lazare is one of the six main stations terminus of the network of the SNCF in Paris. Located in the quartier of Europe neighborhoodt of the 8éme district or arrondissement, it is one of the former heads of the West-State network. First station built in Île-de-France region  since 1837 and mainly used since for suburban traffic, it is the second station of Paris and France by its traffic and the second of Europe.


The work of the Passage and Cour of Amsterdam sector,a side seldom seen or photograph by visitors was  completed in 2008, just while I was still using it to come in from River Droite in Versailles! , consisted in widening the existing passage to the Impasse d’Amsterdam  leading to the street of rue d’Amsterdam (see photo) , with the creation of a real secondary entrance on this axis. They have metamorphosed this space to make it more modern in its architecture, more accessible to travelers and more secure. A new mainline sales area with sixteen counters has been set up opposite the platform  27, replacing those removed in the sale des pas perdus as part of the third phase of the renovations.

Official Transilien regional transports on the St Lazare train station

One of the dandies of awesome Paris ok.  Located in the 6éme arrondissement of Paris between the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain des Prés and Montparnasse, the Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the favorite green spaces for Parisians and tourists. It covers twenty-three hectares, twenty-one of which are open to the public. The fun part which my boys did enjoyed when came to live here was the rental of remotely operated boats that they maneuver on the basin!! (see photo) The majestic piece of water, octagonal in shape, was installed under the First Empire by Jean-François-Thérèse Chalgrin , Architect of king Louis XVI, ordering public holidays under the Consulate and designer-among other wonders of the Arc de Triomphe at Place de l’Etoile!

It hosts in its center a fountain composed of three cherubim’s, half-naked, semi-draped, emerging from a small landscape of stylized support  to the basin. From the basin shoots a central stream of medium size and the water is poured out by two flanges, spewed by chimerical heads its origin;  the hamlet of Chantilly.  All around, on shimmering water, the famous little sailboats, dreams of childhood and others !!!.. In winter, the cherubs are dressed in ice and the birds are skating on it! The Great Basin is also an exhibition place for majestic Phoenix canariensis or Canary Island Date Palms giving an open-air sculpture gallery.  These date palms have long belonged to the botanical heritage of Luxembourg. During the winter, they are kept in the Orangery, building decorated with busts of great artists of the 19C. The sculptures that adorn the surroundings of the Great Basin are not the best known of “Luco” as the gardens are known to Parisians.  You see  Calliope, muse of epic poetry and eloquence;  its presence  is mentioned in the Jardin du Luxembourg in 1902. Also, a Venus au Dauphin  whose author is not identified. Some steps away  lead you  to a Flora holding a crown , the author of the work is not identified. Along the water, you will see Marius standing on the ruins of Carthage. A little further, it is the Vulcan god who presents the weapons from his forge! Gorgeous indeed!

One other monument that I like amonts the many found in the Jardin du Luxembourg is the one dedicated to Eugéne Delacroix, the painter (see photo). A complex monument comprising a fountain, a bust and decorative characters. This monument was inaugurated on October 5, 1890.  Eugène Delacroix is a French painter born in 1798 in Charenton-Saint-Maurice and died in 1863 in Paris. Le Temps raises Glory to the left, so that she lays a crown and a palm in front of the bust, on the right, Apollo, genius of the Arts, applauds this late recognition. The total height of the monument is 4.50 meters. Dalou used a photograph of the painter by Nadar to carved his features. On the pedestal you can read  ” A /Eugéne Delacroix / 1798 – 1863 / Ses Admirateurs”  or To / Eugéne Delacroix / 1798 – 1863 / His Admirers.

Tourist office of Paris on the Jardin du Luxembourg

One beautiful area of my eternal Paris and a great historical monument often bypass is the Lycée or High school Henri-IV  , located at 23, rue Clovis in the 5éme arrondissement of Paris, in the Latin Quarter . The story goes that after the victory of Vouillé on the Visigoths which opens the rich Aquitaine, the king of the Franks Clovis founded around 506 the Royal Monastery of the Holy Apostles, dedicated to the apostles Peter and Paul. Clovis was buried there in 511. The following year, the Basilica, continued by Queen Clotilde, acquired an additional prestige by receiving the relics of St. Genevieve. The rue Clovis and rue Clotilde  are now flanked by the Lycée Henri-IV, and rue Clotaire is adjacent to their son, King Clotaire I. The abbey protects the border door of the enclosure of Philippe Auguste wall  at 50 rue Descartes. Part of the wall is visible on the path leading from the school to  5-7 rue Clovis (see photo below)  and at end of 48-50, impasse Jacques-Henri-Lartigue. The square of the neighboring Place de la Contrescarpe takes its name from this military function.

On June 24, 1667, the copper coffin of Descartes is deposited there under a marble monument. rue Descartes now borders the Lycée Henri-IV. King Louis XV vowed in 1744 to build a new monumental church at the abbey. The abbot of Sainte-Geneviève blessed the land in 1758, the king laid the first stone in great ceremony on September 6, 1764. This new church designed by Jacques-Germain Soufflot will become at the French revolution, the Pantheon of Paris. The canons are hunted during the revolution: their abbey is declared national property in 1790.

The Central School of the Pantheon is replaced by the Lycée Napoléon, the first high school of the Republic. The abbey church was razed between 1801 and 1807 to pierce rue Clovis. During the Restoration, the school is renamed Royal College Henri IV. It is a high school of the elite, frequented by the sons of king Louis-Philippe and the high aristocracy. The high school regained its Napoleon name under the Second Empire, and in 1870, with the proclamation of the Third Republic still changes its name, for the Lycée Corneille. But in 1873, the government of President Patrice de Mac Mahon, royalist legitimist, and the assembly of the Moral Order renamed the high school the name  the only Republican Bourbon appreciated, “the good King Henry” Lycée Henri-IV as it is today

Today, do not confuse the college and high school Henri IV, they have different procecures that goes beyond this post. For me, the most significant and beautiful to see is the tower. The Tour Clovis tower is the remnant of the old bell tower of a church disappeared between the high school and Church Saint-Étienne-du-Mont (nearby and very nice see my post on it) In 1803, the breakthrough of rue Clovis and the construction of the facade of the school cleared the religious complex. Since then it sounds a distinct chime every quarter of an hour, and announces the hours. The base of the tower, with arched windows dates from Philippe Auguste. This same king makes the monastery of St. Genevieve the guardian of the south gate of Paris, in the current rue Descartes. Pieces of Philippe Auguste’s enclosure wall can be seen on rue Clovis (going down the metro Cardinal-Lemoine) (see photo) and rue Jacques-Henri Lartigue (from the Bibliothèque des littératures policières or Library of Police Literatures). The name of the Place de la Contrescarpe, meeting place at noon of  high school students, shows the ditches of the wall. The warheads of the first and second floor date from the 14C. The coronation of the Flamboyant Gothic tower, rebuilt after 1483.


Official Lycée Henri IV on its history in French

And further on this wonderful street and part of my eternal Paris in the Quartier Latin  is the rue Clovis  a street in the 5éme arrondissement  or district of Paris located mostly in the Sorbonne quartier or neighborhood. This road that connects the Place du Pantheon and the rue du Cardinal-Lemoine is located in the Saint-Victor and Sorbonne neighborhoods or quartiers  of the 5éme arrondissement or district of Paris. The breakthrough of the road in the 19C requires the demolition of the Church Abbey Sainte-Geneviève, of which only the bell tower known as the Tour Clovis or Clovis tower  remains in the premises of the Lycée Henri -IV, located at No. 23 rue Clovis  Near the 5-7 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, remains a remnant of the wall of Philippe Auguste which was restored in 2010.

You can take a very nice walk as such: Facing the Pantheon, turn left on the left of the Pantheon, stay on the right sidewalk along the Pantheon, which is on your right. At the end of the square cross rue Clotilde and continue straight, you are in rue Clovis  on the right sidewalk and you pass in front of Lycée Henry IV which is on your right.  Continue to the next intersection and turn right on rue Descartes, go straight on. At the next crossroads, cross and continue straight ahead, you are in the rue Mouffetard, continue until the place de la Contrescarpe! Awesome Paris , unique the only one!!!

Tourist office of Paris on the Quartier Latin

There you go , I hope you enjoy the walks and history bits of my Paris! The world comes over and nobody does it better!!! Paris , what other title do you need! Enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Paris!! ok so see my Paris!”

  1. Can’t wait to go back in Paris. Beautiful as always 👏 👏

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