Curiosities of Paris, !!! Part IV

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures in of all places my FB page! . These were not yet in my blog and they should be lol!  Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Paris, Part IV. The pictures are from different years  but all from the time living in France! except one on the C-E below (1990). I have added a brief description of the places,  but all have posts in my blog. Hope you enjoy these marvels of my eternal Paris!!!

The companies appointed to carry out the reconstruction work on the parts destroyed or damaged during the fire, in particular the framework and roofing of the nave, the choir, but also the transept and the spire, invested the site of the cathedral from the spring 2022. Already, the assembly of the scaffolding which will allow the reconstruction of the arrow has been undertaken at the crossing of the transept of the monument. 600 tons heavy, 100 meters high, moving on forward, it will be done ! Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris !!! These pictures are older but worth to have them in my blog.

Paris Cathedral de Notre Dame side nov10

Paris Cathedral Notre Dame on rue d'Arcole arriv apr15

The Paris tourist office on Notre Dame Cathedral :

If you don’t have the courage to climb the 222 steps that lead to the Butte of Montmartre, the  funicular is a good option to achieve it. The Montmartre funicular is a kind of inclined automated lift whose two cabins connect the bottom of the Montmartre hill to its summit. It takes less than 2 minutes and travels a height difference of 36 meters over a length of 108 meters. For the climb ,the station is located between Place Saint-Pierre and Place Suzanne Valadon. For the descent, the station is located rue du Cardinal Dubois. Get there on  metro line 2 and get off at Anvers. In 1891, the authorities of Paris decided to build a funicular which would connect the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to the houses of the old quarter of Montmartre. Until then, the Basilica was difficult to access, because there were few cars, and the steep slopes of the Montmartre hill made the ascent difficult in a horse-drawn carriage. But it was only in 1900 that it was inaugurated, even before the construction of the Paris metro network !

Paris Montmartre funicular may11

The Paris tourist office on the Funiculaire :

With a length of almost 2 km that connects the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées is the most beautiful and famous thoroughfare in Paris, and one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. This avenue was created in 1674 by André Le Nôtre, then landscape architect for King Louis XIV in order to extend the royal garden of the Tuileries.

Paris Avenue des Champs Elysées walking circa 1990

Paris avenue des champs Elysees to the arc de triomphe driving nov19

The Paris tourist office on the aven Champs-Elysées :

We speak of inner ring road or interieur to designate the roadway closest to Paris, which vehicles travel in a clockwise direction, and outer ring road or exterieur , to qualify the roadway furthest from Paris, which is taken in counterclockwise. The vehicles wishing to enter the ring road have priority over vehicles already circulating there. The BP for boulevard Périphérique is 35 km long with a speed limit of 70 km/h, The V-Traffic experts have studied the traffic of the Parisian ring road leading, during peak periods, from Monday to Friday, from 7h to 10h and from 16h30 to 19h30 as rush hours, The connecting highways from it are the A4 to Charenton-le-Pont (Disneyland) ; A6 at Kremlin-Bicêtre and Gentilly ; A13 at Bois de Boulogne ; N 13/ A14 at Neuilly-sur-Seine ; and A1 at Saint-Denis ; A3 at Bagnolet.

Paris BP beltway road exterior nov19

The City of Paris Traffic, work info

It was on this mythical square that Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Danton and Robespierre were guillotined in 1793, In it today you see the obelisk of Luxor originally from the temple of Amun of Luxor in Egypt, erected since 1836 in the center of Place de la Concorde, You can find imposing buildings such as the headquarters of the Ministry of the Navy and the Hôtel de Crillon, one of the oldest and most luxurious in the world. From the obelisk, it is possible to enjoy beautiful views of the Tuileries Gardens, with the Louvre Museum in the background. The name of the place de la Concorde arises from october 25, 1795, when the frenzy of the Great Terror subsided, the government of the Directory decided to rename the square from place de la Revolution to Place de la Concorde, as a sign of appeasement and reconciliation after this traumatic bloody episode of the Terror. On the left of the photo see the beginning of the Embassy of the United States of America.

Paris place de la concorde ,obelisk, hotel de Crillon and to the left the USA embassy mar11

The Paris tourist office on the pl de la Concorde

The pretty quant market at the Place de la Bourse in front of the Palais Brogniart held on Wednesdays and Fridays afternoons. The prices there are quite high, but it is one of the only afternoon markets in Paris, and it goes with the neighborhood. I love these markets so needed to stop by when attending function in the palace.

Paris Palais Brongniart market pl de la Bourse mar20

The Paris tourist office on the market at place de la Bourse

The Wall for Peace is a monument erected in March 2000 in front of the école Militaire, on the Champ-de-Mars, in the 7éme arrondissement, (my photo 2017) and dismantled in June 2020. In June 2020, announces having concluded an agreement with the State and the city of Paris, in order to move the work to Avenue de Breteuil, in front of the Invalides.  The monument is dismantled to make way for the ephemeral Grand Palais. However, the Collectif Breteuil introduce a graceful appeal. By a wish of December 17, 2020, the Council of Paris recognizes that the project was carried out without consultation and that an alternative location should be found. They are in the court of Paris to find a place ok by all. The suggested spots have all been rejected such as by the place Joffre, place de Fontenoy, the neighborhood of Arsenal (4éme), or even the other end of the avenue de Breteuil… all no! The decision is pending by the court.

Paris monument to the peace and the Eiffel on bus 82 feb17

The Paris tourist office on the wall of peace (old location)

In a day, the attendance depends on the time of year, the weather conditions and the day of the week. In general, it will be more comfortable to start your visit early in the morning, before 10h30 or at the end of the day after 17h, or even in the evening. I was passing by ,I was not in that crowd lol!! My advice: the 2nd floor already allows you to have an incredible view of Paris. But if you don’t have the time and/or budget for the summit, that’s okay. You can use the stairs to walk up to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. That’s exactly 674 steps to climb! In total, there are 1665 steps from the forecourt to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but the stairs between the 2nd floor and the top are not open to the public. Discover at the top of the Eiffel Tower the reconstruction of Gustave Eiffel’s office; composed of realistic wax figures, this space evokes the builder of the tower and his daughter Claire receiving the famous American inventor Thomas Edison. It’s the most beautiful view of Paris, 360°.

Paris tour Eiffel driving by mar12

Paris tour Eiffel du ave Rupp jun09

Paris tour Eiffel crowds may15

The Paris tourist office on the Eiffel tower :

The Chaussée de la Muette is on the 16éme arrondissement of Paris. It extends the Rue de Passy to the Ranelagh garden. It owes its name to the proximity of the former Château de la Muette (now OECD see post). It has two segments: The first, to the east, is full of buildings, which begins at the intersection of rue de Boulainvilliers and avenue Paul-Doumer and goes to the old station of Passy-la-Muette. (now a restaurant Andia former la Gare see post)) A second, to the west, not subdivided, which begins at the level of the old train station and continues within the Ranelagh garden, ending at the corner of avenues Ingres and Prudhon. Historically, this is a non building zone, created beyond the disappeared gates of what was formerly the Parc de la Muette, in order to prevent any construction there and to arrange ornamental flowerbeds.

Paris chausée de la muette et la Gare old resto on right, now andia driving in Paris Apr12

The Paris tourist office on the 16éme arrondissement or district of Paris

The statue of Thomas Jefferson is at rue de Solferino (7éme) corner with Quai Anatole France on the entrance to the Passarelle  Léopold-Sédar-Senghor (former passarelle Solférino). The statue honoring Thomas Jefferson , who was Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to France from May 1785 to September 1789, third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809, and one of the most eminent Founding Fathers, was inaugurated on July 4, 2006, the 230th anniversary of the Independence of the United States. The bronze statue, the work of French sculptor Jean Cardot , stands very close to the Hôtel de Salm, which Jefferson was particularly fond of, and which was one of the inspirations for his residence in Monticello,Virginia. Jefferson is thus represented holding a feather in his right hand and a map of Monticello in his left hand.  See as well other spots of Thomas Jefferson in Paris such at 95, rue de Richelieu (2éme);8, rue des Petits Champs (2éme); 13, rue de l’Ancienne Comédie (6éme); 2, rue de Bellechasse (7éme); 92, avenue des Champs-Elysées (8éme) and the Place des Etats Unis (16éme).

Paris statue Thomas Jefferson,near musee d'orsay on the Seine mar13

The French-American Heritage Foundation on the Statue of Thomas Jefferson :

There you go folks another dandy set of views and sights of my eternal Paris, never a dull moment in the most beautiful City in the World, These are wonderful spots that brings nice memories to me and my family and I hope you can enjoy them as well,

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

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