Archive for August 28th, 2021

August 28, 2021

The Place de l’école militaire in Paris!

I like to update this unique post of just about the Place de l’école militaire, part of a famous monument of Paris. It sits in front angle of the école militaire de Paris! (see post). Another spot to meet friends from here and elsewhere. Great on my eternal Paris! Now let me tell you  a bit more on this square place de l’école Militaire. Actually , written on the school before so briefly, will concentrate here on my tour of streets of Paris ok.

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The Place de l’école-Militaire is a square in the 7éme arrondissement. It lies on the northeast section of the école Militaire. There are six avenues emanating from it such as Avenue de La Bourdonnais ; Avenue Bosquet ; Avenue de La Motte-Picquet ; Avenue Tourville ; Avenue Duquesne; and Place Joffre. The neighborhood of the école-Militaire is the 27th of Paris in the 7éme arrondissement or district. The place de l’école Militaire is served by: Metro line 8, bus RATP lines 28 80 82 87 and 92, as well as a taxi stand. The bus line 82 (see post) is a dandy for me from Montparnasse and see Paris above ground sublime! There is Indigo parking above ground at Place Joffre, which of course, have parked.webpage: https://fr.parkindigo.com/parking/paris-75007/joffre-ecole-militaire-75070200

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The place de l’école militaire before its creation, in 1912, was part of the Avenue Duquesne, between the avenues of La Motte-Picquet and Tourville, Avenue Tourville, between the avenues of La Motte-Picquet and Duquesne. On one side, the square is served by several bars brasseries with large terraces, and find the entrance of the vehicles of the école militaire. This is one of my favorite hangout places in Paris. For the memories ,right off of it by Ave Bosquet there is a resto Séptime Vin, I brought some friends from an old travel forum once there for a get together of many nations! And of course, one of my favorites too. Also, another of my favorite spots there is the La Terrasse du 7ème with nice views over the square! (see posts). Nearby a popular stop for my family  and meet friends at Rue de Grenelle is the wonderful market held there on Wednesdays and Sundays; and the wonderful fleas trinkets section on Sunday mornings. I have even done volunteer work here for a local association! More from the Paris tourist office: https://en.parisinfo.com/shopping-paris/73878/Marche-Grenelle

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The école militaire (see post) was built between 1751 and 1768 in the plain of Grenelle during the reign of king Louis XV. The main entrance is the Avenue de la Motte Piquet, facing the Champ de Mars ; the Eiffel Tower at the other end. In 1787, the military school was closed and it was planned to transfer to the Hôtel-Dieu which would never took place. The buildings are abandoned and then looted in the French revolution. The building serves as a depot, and then barracks, especially for the Imperial Guard. After various assignments, it is enlarged, to acquire the aspect that is now known today. In 1878 the École supérieure de guerre (high School of War) was opened, and in 1911 the centre des hautes études militaries opened (Center for Advanced Military Studies).  The main thing of course is the école militaire and not much is written on the square that carries its name. However, take it from me , it is a very chic nice neighborhood where I visit several friends, and the area has the allures of upper class, not that Paris does not have enough of these.

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However, there is a nice small square with a statue nearby, Place Joffre, on the side of Avenue de la Motte-Picquet. Joseph Jacques Cesaire Joffre, often known just as Jacques Joffre, was a French General during WWI.  He is most well known for regrouping the retreating allied armies in order to defeat the Germans at the strategically decisive First Battle of the Marne, which happened in 1914.  And with this triumph, plus other strategies that Joffre put in place, he gained further popularity and became referred to with a nickname of Papa Joffre. Joseph Joffre had been awarded the title of Marshal of France, and he was the first person to receive this title and rank under the Third Republic, even though he also received other honors including knighthood. And my favorite parking there too!!(see above).

Another interesting square in this neighborhood or quartier is the Place de FontenoyUNESCO, formerly Place de Fontenoy .  This place near the military school bears the name of the Battle of Fontenoy won by the French in 1745 and UNESCO whose headquarters occupies most of it. Drawn up in 1770, the square is ceded by France to the city of Paris in 1838. In the same square, you see the Ministry of Social Affairs. At No. 3, the building, adjoining the former Ministry of posts (Avenue of Saxe), was built at the beginning of the 1930’s for the Ministry of the Merchant Navy. Following its restoration, it has been occupied since September 2016 by the National Commission of Informatics and Freedoms and the Defender of Rights. The military school occupies the entire west side of the square by Avenue de Lowendal.

And you have an idea of the neighborhood just my sublime Paris , eternal gorgeous and always wanting more. There you go folks, another dandy spot in the most beautiful city in the world, Paris! Hope you enjoy reading the post as I writing it.  There is no specific webpage for the square as of course, the main building there is the école militaire but that is in another post.

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

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August 28, 2021

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel of Paris !!

I sit in my computer to do my favorite past time ,my blog. I thank you all for sharing with me this experience on each post. I just need to tell you more about my eternal Paris of course. This is an updated post on a spot very close at heart as you can read. The Arch of Triumph of the Carrousel of Paris is especial as it was near my work area for several years and spent many days walking around it. As such is the case, sometimes the places you have so near you the less pictures you take, after all you see it live every day all the time!. Anyway, let me tell you a bit more on the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel de Paris!

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The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is an arch monument situated in the Place du Carrousel in the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris, just west of the Louvre museum (see post). With entries on each of the four sides, built between 1807 and 1809, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel celebrates the victory of Napoleon Bonaparte’s great army at Austerlitz, currently in the Czech Republic, located east of the city of Brno. Again Napoleon give himself credit!

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The Arch has three archways; the largest, central one is 6.5 meters or about 21 ft high. The whole structure is 19 meters (63 ft) high and 23 meters (75 ft) wide The monument is erected in front of the old palace of the Tuileries to which it serves as an entrance of honor, a gate separating the courtyard from the palace to the Place du Carrousel which gives it its name. After the fire of the Palace of the Tuileries in 1871 (done by the Communards of Paris uprising) and its destruction in 1883 (by the Third Republic and city of Paris), the monument is located in the center of the large esplanade formed by the jardin du carrousel and the place du Carrousel.

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It is a small scale copy of the Arch of Constantine (313-315) in Rome, the latter being inspired by the arcs of Septimius-Severa and Orange. The quadriga above the arch is a copy of the bronze horses of Constantine I, a hitch adorning the top of the main gate of the Basilica of St. Mark of Venice. Indeed, after the first campaign in Italy, the French army led by the general of the Italian Army Napoleon Bonaparte took them from Venice in 1798, the original of the sculpture as taken as war treasure and placed it on the monument. Itself been taken by the Venetians from Constantinople (Istanbul today) in 1204. In 1815, following the Battle of Waterloo and the fall of the Emperor (restoration), France returned the Quadriga to the Austrians, who returned it immediately to Venice, which had just been annexed to the Austrian Empire by the Congress of Vienna. In 1828, King Charles X asked to create a new quadriga that represented the restoration leading a chariot dragged by four horses.

We can read about the facades sides as such:

East Façade: The French army embarked in Boulogne threatened England; A third coalition breaks out on the continent; The French go from the ocean to the Danube; Bavaria is delivered, the Austrian army imprisoned in Ulm; Napoleon enters Vienna, he triumphs at Austerlitz; in less than a hundred days, the coalition is dissolved

South facade: Honor to the Grand Armée (great army); Victorious at Austerlitz; In Moravia December 2, 1805 anniversary Day of Napoleon’s coronation. 

West facade: To the voice of the winner of Austerlitz; The Empire of Germany Falls; The Confederation of the Rhine begins; The kingdoms of Bavaria and Württemberg are created; Venice is joined to the Iron Crown; whole Italy bows under the laws of its liberator

North facade: Master of the states of his enemy; Napoleon makes them , signed peace on 27 December 1805 in Budapest, capital of Hungary occupied by his victorious army.

In turn each facade side is decorated with bas-reliefs such as:

North Face, a bas-relief of the entrance to Vienna.  South Face, a bas-relief of the Peace of Pressburg.

East Face (Carousel side), from left to right: a cuirassier, ; a dragon,; a hunter on horseback, a Carabinier,   Between the two columns on the left, a bas-relief of the capitulation of Ulm; between those on the right: a bas-relief of the Battle of Austerlitz.

West Face (Tuileries side), from left to right: a grenadier, a rifleman of the line, a gunner,; a sapper. Between the two columns on the left, a bas-relief of the entrance of the French army in Munich; Between those on the right: a bas-relief of the interview of Tilsit.

The arc is also equipped with a sundial and a leveling mark.  It is a wonderful arch ,and wonderful to walk underneath it and around it! Glorious!!

The official Napoleon imperial webpage on the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel: https://www.napoleon.org/magazine/lieux/arc-de-triomphe-du-carrousel-paris/

It is wonderful area and I would say a nice must walk around while in Paris. Surrounded by many wonderful sights of my eternal Paris. TheArc de Triomphe du Carrousel is unique and worth the detour ,actually can’t missed it! Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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August 28, 2021

Again, the sublime Sainte Chapelle de Paris!

Here is my continuing journey in my eternal Paris as I was stationed nearby ! Can’t be too away from Paris and I need to bring up new pictures which brings great enjoyment to me even if not a pro at it. The fun is what counts; la vie est belle!!!  I have written before on many things in Paris and sometimes I must return back to them even if nothing more to tell, the pictures alone are my compensation, and Paris is a huge one indeed. I have written on the Sainte Chapelle much on its history on a previous post.  This is wonderful and again on a rainy, lead around, and demonstrations in Paris there were lines to get in to the Sainte Chapellepower Paris!!! It is a must to visit at least once in your lifetime. So need to tell you a bit more anyway lol!

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The Sainte-Chapelle, also called the Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, is a Gothic church built between 1242 and 1248 to house the relics of the Passion of Christ, composed of the Crown of Thorns and a piece of the Holy Cross . This place of worship is located on the Île de la Cité. During the French revolution, the Sainte-Chapelle was repeatedly destroyed, but its priceless windows were spared thanks to the presence of large cupboards containing archives. Originally, 22 relics were acquired by St. Louis. Only three remain today: a fragment of the cross, a nail, and the crown of thorns. They were deposited at the abbey of Saint-Denis during the French revolution, then handed over in 1804 to the archbishop of Paris, preserved today in the treasure of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris.

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The Upper Chapel of the Sainte Chapelle was originally built to be a real monumental reliquary, so this part of the building is sumptuously decorated with sculptures and huge stained glass windows that flood the room with light and color.  Much more modest than the upper chapel, one discovers in the Lower Chapel , the statue of the Virgin, holy patron saint of the sanctuary. The polychrome decoration of the interior, where the colors red and blue predominate, aims to reproduce the original decor of the medieval period. In the apse on the left, a fresco of the Annunciation made in the 13C is still preserved; it is the oldest mural in the city. The two chapels were completely restored in the 19C.

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We do not know the principal architect of the Sainte-Chapelle, nor the craftsmen who worked on the design of the stained glass windows. Which is not an anomaly for the time. The artists and not the craftsman, and the work signed  glorifying a man and no longer a corporation appeared in the Renaissance. The Sainte Chapelle is true glass cathedral, the high chapel is composed of 618 m2 of glazed surface. An admirable set of lightness and balance.  Every year, from the altar of the Upper ChapelSaint-Louis showed the relics to the Parisians on Good Friday. The 15 windows at about 15 meters high and 4.5 meters wide of the Upper Chapel represent 1113 scenes from the Bible, from Adam and Eve to the Apocalypse.  St. Louis has even represented himself on some of these scenes! The rosette is of Flamboyant Gothic style, a name that comes from the effects of flames used for stained glass. It does not date from the 13C as canopies, but from the 15C. It has 87 petals.

The Paris tourist office on the Sainte Chapelle: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71380/Sainte-Chapelle

The official Sainte Chapelle webpage: http://www.sainte-chapelle.fr/en/

A masterpiece for the world and a must for all to visit while in Paris, enough said. The Sainte Chapelle is magical, and we love it.

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

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