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Old January 3rd, 2010, 11:57 PM   #121
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PARIS - Part 27

Although not quite the equivalent, the only still-standing structure that can compare with the Tower of London in Paris is the Vincennes Chateau in Vincennes. From Saint-Maur-des-Fossés I went to Vincennes on the RER A line on the way back into Paris.

According to Wikipedia, the current and main portion of Vincennes Chateau was built 1337-1410, barely making it Late Medieval and clearly making it much younger than the Tower of London. However, an earlier structure built around the time of the Tower of London did exist but was replaced by the current one. Subsequent additions to the chateau throughout the Rennaissance era can easily be identified.

Paris proper itself does not have anything like the Tower of London. What would have most likely been The Tower's counterpart, the medieval Grand Chatelet, was demolished by Napoleon in the early 1800s and replaced by the plaza that partly bears its name. Then there was the Bastille which may have been The Tower's counterpart (at least by tourists) but that too was demolished and it was much younger than The Tower, too.

So here is the Vincennes Chateau which by no means compares in visits to the Tower of London probably since the Versailles Palace steals all the tourists from it (along with the Eiffel Tower). Or maybe it's because the common tourist is like a sheep that just follows the tour and the tours don't put Vincennes Chateau in their itinerary. I'm sure the residents of posh Vincennes are happy not too see bus loads of tourists, though.












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Old January 5th, 2010, 07:34 AM   #122
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LONDON - Part 28


More in and around the Tower of London

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Tudor style?















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Old January 5th, 2010, 08:11 AM   #123
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PARIS - Part 28


More in and around Vincennes Chateau




3 major periods in one pic: late medieval, late renaissance (mid-1600s specifically) and modern era (looks like a mix of early and late 20th c.)












On the way back to the RER station






Amsterdam-style "bike garage" and some bike rentals at the RER station
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:03 PM   #124
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Old January 9th, 2010, 06:23 AM   #125
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LONDON - Part 29


Showing off some more Soho




Soho is great for people-watching



Some Soho streets were less attractive than others
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Old January 9th, 2010, 06:35 AM   #126
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PARIS - Part 29

Finishing the walk on the posh Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré still walking towards the presidential palace (Elysée Palace). Since it was Sunday shops were closed and the street was almost deserted.













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Old January 9th, 2010, 06:51 AM   #127
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LONDON - Part 30

Last of Soho with some adjacent Charing Cross



















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Old January 9th, 2010, 07:15 AM   #128
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PARIS - Part 30

The last of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré just prior to arriving at the presidential palace. I was not able to take a photo of the palace. The guards had nothing better to do than to forbid photographing the entrance to the palace.











An hôtel particulier adjacent to the presidential palace. An hôtel particulier were large, exclusive city dwellings (mansions) attached to adjacent buildings but owning the entire lot it sits on as opposed to apartments. Many were built in the early 18th c in French cities when they became trendy among the nobility but some are from the 17th c. or earlier. You can find many in the very center of Paris. The Marais has several and to my knowledge very few of them function as actual private residences today since they are very big for contemporary standards. As an example, the presidential palace is itself one as well as the museum dedicated to the history of Paris, located in the Marais.

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Old January 9th, 2010, 07:39 PM   #129
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Old January 10th, 2010, 10:13 PM   #130
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LONDON - Part 31


More Piccadilly Circus













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Old January 10th, 2010, 10:33 PM   #131
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PARIS - Part 31


Les Halles, Beaubourg and Le Marais. These are very central neighborhoods of Paris (like Soho and adjacent parts like Covent Garden and Leicester Square in London that are also big with shopping, eateries and nightlife).











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This restaurant is very popular for Sunday brunch because of its organic, all-natural food.






These two pics are of a very old street in Paris (one of the oldest with some very old buildings).



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Old January 12th, 2010, 07:25 AM   #132
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LONDON - Part 32

Some views from the grounds of The Tower of London



















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Old January 12th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #133
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PARIS - Part 32

Some views over parts of Paris from Centre Pompidou in Beaubourg. Beaubourg neighborhood in the heart of Paris, like adjacent Les Halles and Le Marais neighborhoods, has many streets containing pre-Haussmann (pre-1850) buildings. Many are from the 1600s and 1700s, prior to the French Revolution. In essence, we're talking mainly about from 1590-1790 (styles Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI) and some post-Revolution styles 1790-1850. Houses and buildings prior to the 1600s (especially prior to the 1500s/Medieval) are rare in Paris as most were replaced like is the case in most of Europe where only a select few buildings and houses are the exception (usually cathedrals, palaces, castles, and the like).





























The Centre Pompidou, a contemporary art museum, had an exposition on Women's art which included feminists. I'll let you guess what the second pic represents. In any case, you knew you were in Europe because children were allowed in the exposition unlike puritan America.




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Old January 12th, 2010, 09:30 AM   #134
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great, great tour.
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Old January 13th, 2010, 07:01 AM   #135
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LONDON - Part 33

The last of the Tower of London and vicinity










One of the 6 surviving fragments of the London Wall built during Roman London (Londinium) some 1800 years ago! Are the wall fragments the oldest standing structures in London today? This one is near the The Tower, just outside the Tower Hill tube station. The statue is just a replica, though.
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PARIS - Part 33


On Boulevard Saint-Germain walking to the Gallo-Roman baths





The Roman baths of Cluny, built during Gallo-Roman Paris (Lutetia) around the beginning of the 3rd century, almost at the same time as the London Wall featured one post above. In even older remain from Gallo-Roman Paris is the Arena of Lutece, also in the Latin Quarter.






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Old January 13th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #137
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Amazing pictures! Two of my favorite cities (London & Paris) and a city I didn't know anything about (Lille), but now find very interesting. Lille is a gorgeous city...and it goes without saying that London and Paris are too.

If you've got any more, keep em comin!
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Old January 14th, 2010, 07:45 PM   #138
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Vincennes and the chateau de Vincennes, how far is from Paris centre?
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Old January 14th, 2010, 09:55 PM   #139
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^ Vincennes is an immediate suburban locality of Paris that almost touches the 20th arrondissement. It's just north of Vincennes Woods (Bois de Vincennes). From Chatelet-les-Halles in the heart of Paris it's only a quick 3 stops from the speeding RER A line. You can also get there by the Metro Line 1 but that takes much longer since it makes many short-distance stops along the way.
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Thank you tmac14wr. I'm glad I could make some people aware of Lille since it's very unknown to many people.
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