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Old December 20th, 2009, 06:45 PM   #1
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Orleans, France

Orleans is a city of 113,130 inhabitants, 275,000 in the urban area and 375,000 for the metro area.
It is located at 130 km of Paris

Orleans is the capital and the second most populated city of Centre Region.

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Old December 20th, 2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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Did you visit the city on a sunday??

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Old December 21st, 2009, 01:47 PM   #3
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If I remember well, the few haussmanian buildings in the center really look out of place in the city.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 06:58 PM   #4
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Never had this feeling, as they're all centered around one monumental street in the very centre of the city.

The new hall of the central station is a nice achievement by the way, the old one was particularly dull.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 07:13 PM   #5
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Minato, thanks for those very nice photos of Orleans
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Old December 21st, 2009, 09:05 PM   #6
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Based on the photos, I find a lot of Orléans unattractive. It might be the lack of colors and the lack of upkeep on the façades. Other French cities that are very monotone in color seem to get away with it and still look beautiful. In the case of Paris it's the overall grandeur and even the carved stone in many of its grand buildings that help Paris compensate for its lack of colors. But a provincial city without colors lacks so much in my opinion unless the plaster or stone is impeccably maintained which is not clearly the case with Orleans minus some of the neoclassic buildings. If only 3/4 of France realized in the past that colors can do so much to lift up a city. You have to wonder if France was color blind in the 18 and 19 c. when so many of its current buildings were built. That is why I prefer 100x cities along the eastern edge of the country near the borders with adjacent countries. Those cities have color and it makes a big difference (Lille/Nord region, Strasbourg/Alsace, Lyon with its pastel colors, Nice & St-Tropez). Toulouse and some Basque cities are the exception to the eastern rule.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 01:53 AM   #7
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That's right Orleans is quite grey, anyway there are more color in the recent buildings.

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Did you visit the city on a sunday??
It was in Orleans a wednesday in early december.
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