Curiosities of Paris !!!

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my digital camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Paris !!!

These are pictures before my blogging effort and even before coming to live in France! Hope you enjoy these marvels of my eternal Paris!!!

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, often simply called the Arc de Triomphe, is located at a high point at the junction of the territories of the 8éme, 16éme and 17éme arrondissements or districts, notably at the top of the Avenue des Champs -Élysées and the avenue de la Grande-Armée, which constitute a major east-west Parisian axis starting from the pyramid of the Louvre, passing by the obelisk of La Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe itself and ending at away via the Arche de la Défense. Its construction, decided by Emperor Napoleon I, began in 1806 and was completed in 1836 under the reign of Louis-Philippe I.

From the renovation of Parc Monceau in 1861 by Baron Haussmann , it was decided that the main entrance to Parc Monceau (see pic above) would be on Boulevard de Courcelles, at the level of the rotunda. Two other entrances were also planned for horse-drawn carriages: on rue de Courcelles, then leading to avenue Hoche and place de l’Etoile, and on boulevard Malesherbes. Three secondary entrances were also added on boulevard de Courcelles , opposite rue de Prony, Avenue de Messine and on a new road, rue Rembrandt leading to rue de Courcelles, Five gates pierce the grid of rue de Courcelles: a large one is placed in the center. There are then two more on the sides for cars, then two more for pedestrians.

Paris arc de triomphe from grille parc monceau 1999

The Place de la Concorde, which covers 8.64 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 Terror during the French revolution. Located on the right bank in the 8éme arrondissement, at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, it connects these, which goes to the Jardin des Tuileries.  Via rue Royale, it opens to the Church of the Madeleine (on pic too) ,and via the Pont de la Concorde which crosses the Seine towards the 7éme arrondissement, on the Palais Bourbon. Administratively, the square itself is located in the Champs-Élysées neighborhood or quartier. But the two buildings that border it to the north, on either side of rue Royale, are in the Madeleine neighborhood or quartier, still in the 8éme arrondissement or district, while the Tuileries garden which adjoins it is located in the Saint -Germain-l’Auxerrois neighborhood or quartier from the 1éme arrondissement or district of Paris.

Paris pl de la concorde to side ch madeleine 1999

The Pont Alexandre-III bridge allows the crossing of the Seine river between the 7éme and 8éme arrondissements of Paris. It connects the Esplanade des Invalides and the Avenue Winston-Churchill, where the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais are located. This bridge bears the name of the Tsar of Russia Alexander III a,d was inaugurated for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900, It is a metal bridge 45 meters wide consisting of a single arch of 107 meters long with three points of articulation, allowing to cross the Seine without an intermediate point of support. Two stone tunnels are located at its ends. And you know who is gleaming over the Seine !

Paris pont alexandre III et tour Eiffel 1999

The Pont Marie bridge crosses the Seine river in Paris. It connects Île Saint-Louis to the Quai de l’Hôtel-de-Ville in the 4éme arrondissement. The five arches that compose it are different. The Pont Marie constitutes the kilometer point 0 for the part of the Seine located downstream of the bridge (the part upstream having its kilometer point 0 at Marcilly-sur-Seine, Marne dept 51 Grand Est region), The total length is about 92 meters between abutments, width of the beam of the deck 22.60 meters,: roadway 14.60 meters two sidewalks of 4 meters. The avant-becs are surmounted by niches, always remained empty of statues. The Pont Marie owes its name to the engineer-entrepreneur Christophe Marie. This bridge dates from the 17C, making it one of the oldest bridges in Paris.

Paris pont marie ile st louis 1999

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to my eternal Paris. The wonders of Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, I say that still rings a bell to my ears on each stretch of meter I take on this world. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

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

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4 Comments to “Curiosities of Paris !!!”

  1. Love those old captures! Always impressed by your detailled knowledge of Paris. I remember the names, especially the Pont Alexandre bridge which we ogften crossed, but not the history.

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