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September 12, 2020

Paris, can I say more? part II

So taking a bit of a break from my road warrior trips in my beautiful Bretagne. I came upon an old cd rom with some pictures from Paris from the 1990’s , some ok some not so great but nevertheless this is Paris!

I have said, have a huge inventory of photos that I believe come close to 100K most in cdrom, some on usb and many older ones in paper photos such as these ones. Well taken photos from photos is not usually good quality and since I am not a photographer nor a creative guy hope they are good enough. Nevertheless, this is Paris, can I say more? part II.

The Louvre pyramid is made of glass and metal, located in the middle of the Napoleon courtyard of the Louvre museum in Paris. It houses the main entrance to the museum. It was inaugurated for the first time on March 4, 1988, and a second time on March 29, 1989. Commissioned by President François Mitterrand in 1983, the pyramid was designed by the American architect Ieoh Ming Pei.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe Orsay Museum is a national museum inaugurated in 1986, located in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris along the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Orsay train station, built by Victor Laloux from 1898 to 1900 and converted into a museum by decision of the President of the French Republic, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. Its collections present Western art from 1848 to 1914, in all its diversity: painting, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic art, photography, architecture, etc.

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The Eiffel Tower is a puddled iron tower 324 meters high (with antennas) , at the Champ-de-Mars park on the banks of the Seine in the 7éme arrondissement. Its official address is 5, avenue Anatole-France. Built in two years by Gustave Eiffel and his collaborators for the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1889, and initially named the “300-meter tower”, it has become the symbol of Paris and a leading tourist site.

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The Palais de Chaillot is located on the Chaillot hill in the 16éme arrondissement, place du Trocadéro-et-du-11-Novembre. It was built during the Universal Exhibition of 1937  The Trocadero Palace was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1878 on the plans of Moorish and Neo-Byzantine inspiration it was destroyed and then the Palais de Chaillot was built. Still  home to several museums including the Musée de l’Homme, de la Marine in its west wing, the Théâtre national de Chaillot, as well as the City of Architecture and Heritage in its east wing ,the Musée des monuments français, the école de Chaillot and French Institute of Architecture.

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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacre Coeur) of Montmartre, known as the National  Wish, located at the top of the Butte Montmartre, in the Clignancourt neighborhood or quartier  of the 18éme arrondissement or district of Paris, is a major Parisian religious building, the sanctuary of Eucharistic adoration and divine mercy and property of the Archdiocese of Paris. The construction of this church, both a political and a cultural monument, follows the post-war period of 1870.

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There is a famous Carrousel where many families including us took our kids when younger for rides even before going up to the Basilica Sacre Coeur! My kids love it each time we mentioned it. Venetian in style, it has the charm of the old with its coaches and wooden horses, and for good reason: it dates from the 18C! Ideally located on Place Saint-Pierre, and you might notice it in the popular film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain.

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Notre-Dame Cathedral, is one of the most emblematic monuments of Paris and of France, and the World. It is located on the Ile de la Cité and is a place of Catholic worship, seat of the Archdiocese of Paris, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Begun at the instigation of Bishop Maurice de Sully, its construction spanned more than two centuries, from 1163 to the mid-14C. On the evening of April 15, 2019, a serious fire broke out. The promise of president Macron is he wish to have it  rebuild within five years.

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The Saint-Eustache Church is located 146 rue Rambuteau in the 1éme arrondissement in the heart of the Halles neighborhood or quartier. Even older construction on site, the first church was started in 1532.

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The Sainte-Chapelle, also known as Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, is a palatine chapel built on the Ile de la Cité, at the request of Saint Louis in order to house the Holy Crown of Thorns, a piece of the True Cross, as well as various other relics of the Passion that he had acquired from 1239.

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The Saint-Germain-des-Prés Abbey ,which includes the current Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church, is a former Benedictine abbey in Paris , located 3 place Saint-Germain-des -Preses in the  6éme arrondissement or district. Founded in the middle of the 6C under the name of Sainte-Croix and Saint-Vincent Basilica by the Merovingian king Childebert I and Saint Germain, bishop of Paris, it owes its current name to the latter.

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And there you go folks , some oldies but goodies from the most beautiful city in the world, i say it many times I know ::) And the most visited by UN-WTO standards! Paris we will always have Paris. Well , what can I say, Paris can I say more? part II

Hope uyou enjoy the run as much as me finding them and posting them for the world to see Paris! See you around Paris ok

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

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September 12, 2020

Paris, can I say more? part I

So taking a bit of a break from my road warrior trips in my beautiful Bretagne. I came upon an old cd rom with some pictures from Paris from the 1990’s , some ok some not so great but nevertheless this is Paris!

I have said, have a huge inventory of photos that I believe come close to 100K most in cdrom, some on usb and many older ones in paper photos such as these ones. Well taken photos from photos is not usually good quality and since I am not a photographer nor a creative guy hope they are good enough. Nevertheless, this is Paris, can I say more? part I.

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, often called simply the Arc de Triomphe, whose construction, decided by the Emperor Napoleon I, began in 1806 and ended in 1836 under Louis-Philippe, is located in Paris, in the 8, 16 and 17 arrondissements. 

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 The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was inaugurated on August 15, 1808 and located on Place du Carrousel in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris, just west of the Louvre Museum. With entrances on each of the four sides.

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The Tuileries Garden is one of the popular green spaces in Paris. Sometimes called the Louvre garden, it connects this museum to the Orsay Museum, the Jeu de Paume museum and the Place de la Concorde. The Louvre garden also provides access to the Berges de Seine. Formerly, this space was dedicated to the tile factories, which gave its name to this green space laid out in the French style. The Tuileries Palace (now gone) was built at the instigation of Catherine de Medici in 1564. It was a rich Italian garden with several paths, a fountain, and a decorated grotto.

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Place de la Bastille is a symbolic square of the French revolution, where the old fortress of the Bastille was destroyed between July 14, 1789 and July 14, 1790. The provost of the merchants of Paris, Étienne Marcel, made built a fortified gate which defended the rue Saint-Antoine and which was flanked by a small bastion, a “bastille”. Charles V, wishing to preserve his hotel in Saint-Paul from a sudden attack, ordered the reconstruction of these fortifications on a much larger plan. Hugues Aubriot, provost of the merchants of Paris, laid the first stone in 1370.

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Place de la Concorde, with almost 9 hectares, is the largest square in Paris. The name would have been chosen by the Directory to mark the reconciliation of the French after the excesses of the reign of terror during the French revolution. Located on the right bank in the 8éme arrondissement, at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, it connects them to the Tuileries Garden. Via the rue Royale, it opens on the Church of the Madeleine and via the Pont de la Concorde which crosses the Seine towards the 7éme arrondissement, on the Palais Bourbon (national assembly of France). Administratively, the square itself is located in the Champs-Élysées neighborhood. But the two buildings that border it on either side of the rue Royale, are in the Madeleine neighborhood, still in the 8éme arrondissement, while the Tuileries garden which adjoins it is located in the Saint -Germain-l’Auxerrois neighborhood or quartier of the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris.

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The Canal Saint-Martin is a 4.55 km long canal located mainly in the 10 and 11 arrondissements of Paris. It links the Bassin de la Villette,  and beyond the Canal de l’Ourcq  to the port of Arsenal  which communicates with the Seine river.

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The Palais de la Cité was the residence and seat of power of the kings of France, from the 10C to the 14C, while remaining the seat of the main courts of justice until today. It stretched over the Ile de la Cité in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris; at the. Quai de l’Horloge. You can tell that you are in a former prison, when you visit the Conciergerie.  There are no less than 2,700 convicts to death in barely two years that  passed through the Conciergerie.

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The Hôtel de Ville, is the building that has housed the municipal institutions of Paris since 1357; and is located on the Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville, in the 4éme arrondissement of Paris.

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The Opera Bastille is a modern opera hall located on Place de la Bastille in Paris. It was inaugurated in 1989 on the occasion of the festivities of the bicentenary of the French revolution as part of the major works for Paris. It is with the Opéra Garnier one of the two rooms constituting the Paris Opera.

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The Georges-Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture (CNAC), commonly  the“Centre Beaubourg” or simply Beaubourg by locals is a polycultural establishment born from the will of President Georges Pompidou, a great lover of modern art, to create in the heart of Paris an original cultural institution entirely devoted to modern and contemporary creation where the visual arts would be found alongside books, drawing, music and cinema. It is located in the Saint-Merri neighborhood, in the 4 arrondissement of Paris, between the Halles neighborhood, to the west, and the Marais neighborhood or quartier, to the east.

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So there you ,this is the first batch or part I, there will be another. This is Paris ,anyway, do not need to tell you more. I did a brief description of the place on the photo as have written posts on them before in my blog. Hope you enjoy them as I do

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

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