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Old July 8th, 2010, 11:48 PM   #1
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PARIS, France


Following the rather interrupted first Paris thread I created, I thought I would start over. The last one gathered little interest partly due to the fact that photobucket kept having bandwidth issues which now seem no longer. I hope there aren't any technical problems this time!!

So, in April I ventured over to Paris for a few days. The trip was made longer by the fact that airspace closed while we were there thanks to the volcano in Iceland. Nevertheless, Paris most certainly met my expectations of a beautiful city with fantastic architecture, greenery, people, food and language. The city has the second most populous metropolitan area in the European Union after London and evidently while we there, tourism is a major hit in the city.

Country: France
Region: Île-de-France
Mayor: Bertrand Delanoë
Elevation: 35m (115 ft)
Population
- City: 2,203,817
- Metro: 10,142,983

For more information, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris

In this thread I will cover the following areas of Paris:
  • Île de la Cité
  • Beauborg & Les Halles
  • Louvre & Tuileries
  • Les Grands Boulevards
  • Champs-Elysées
  • La Défense
  • Le Marais & Bastille
  • St. Germain de Prés
  • Montmartre

Many photos will follow. Hope you enjoy!
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Old July 8th, 2010, 11:50 PM   #2
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Old July 9th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #3
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First shot is great!!!
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how come the trees were still leafless?? isn't it April?
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how come the trees were still leafless?? isn't it April?
Hi. Well some trees were well and truly out and green and others were showing know signs whatsoever. Being April, it's still very much a transition period. The last two winters, most notably the one just gone, however, have been much colder than average with a prolonging of the winter well into March so that probably didn't help in the starting of spring growth.
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Old July 9th, 2010, 01:00 AM   #6
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Old July 9th, 2010, 01:19 AM   #7
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Interesting pics. Never really 'been' to Paris, went on a coach tour to Annecy a few years back and we stayed overnight on the outskirts before having a whistle-stop drive around the centre, with a photo stop at the end of the Champs du Mar for '6 minutes everyone, because that's how long it takes me to smoke a cigarette' in the words of the amusing Laaandaaan tour guide.

My paternal uncle on the other hand is a rabid francophile, and is off back this month after an exceptionally long hiatus of a good 5/6 years. I must admit though, I'm a bit like that about Rotterdam/the Netherlands. Still, I would be interested in visiting Paris myself one day.

On the tree front, in my neck of the 'woods' I think the leaves were out about a week later this year compared to last, nearer the end of April.
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Old July 9th, 2010, 10:08 AM   #8
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Interesting pics. Never really 'been' to Paris, went on a coach tour to Annecy a few years back and we stayed overnight on the outskirts before having a whistle-stop drive around the centre, with a photo stop at the end of the Champs du Mar for '6 minutes everyone, because that's how long it takes me to smoke a cigarette' in the words of the amusing Laaandaaan tour guide.

My paternal uncle on the other hand is a rabid francophile, and is off back this month after an exceptionally long hiatus of a good 5/6 years. I must admit though, I'm a bit like that about Rotterdam/the Netherlands. Still, I would be interested in visiting Paris myself one day.

On the tree front, in my neck of the 'woods' I think the leaves were out about a week later this year compared to last, nearer the end of April.
Interesting yes. Though you really could walk just about anywhere in Paris without a specific route and be impressed - it's simply fantastic. The trees down here were greening in early April last year despite a cold winter because of a warm second half to March. Compare that to late April/early May this year.
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Old July 9th, 2010, 11:25 AM   #9
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Awesome, very nice photo-tour from Paris, Mike well done
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Thanks again Christos!
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PART II
Île de la Cité



This island in the middle of the River Seine is the starting point and topographical centre of Paris and has acted as the city's central point for over 2000 years. Invading the already established 'Parisii' settlement in 53BC, the Romans constructed a Prefect's Palace, Law Court and Temple of Jupiter on the island. The Hôtel de Ville sits on the northern bank of the River Seine, seen from Île de la Cité and has been the seat of politics since the mid 1800s.

The island features a number of sights to be seen including:
  • Notre Dame
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • La Conciergerie

Both examples of Gothic architecture, Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle share a prominent position in the city. Of course, Victor Hugo based his novel 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' on this fantastic building. Back then, the condition of the building was abysmal and after 1840, Viollet le Duc headed a mass restoration project of the building, improving the state of the building considerably.

Sainte Chapelle is a gem sat within the Palais de Justice. Pierre Montreuil finished it just under three years to house the Crown of Thorns, bartered from the Venetians by Louis IX. Perhaps the most notable features of the church are the breath-taking stained glass windows of which portray 1,134 scenes from the Bible. Well worth a visit if you go there.

The Conciergerie (pictured above) first started as a palace for the Comte de Cierges but after 1358, he moved his residence to the Louvre and the following occupation became a prison. The Comte became the gaoler of the former palace and the building at one point held 2600 prisoners!

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Stunning... Now i can see why only Rome is dign of Paris.
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Old July 10th, 2010, 12:44 AM   #13
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cant wait to visit this city again...
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Thanks mate. Paris is certainly beautiful. I have yet to go to Rome though.

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And neither can I, still so much to explore. Thanks!
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Really very nice photo-updates of Paris, Mike
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This is the tower at the Jussieu Campus, is it not?

The tower of the Jussieu Campus may look quite out of place in central Paris, although I must admit that it is more interesting to look at up close. If you know someone who can provide you access to the tower, go up and enjoy the spectacular views.

As for the campus itself, it has been more than 10 years since they started the "renovations", and I had doubted that they would ever finish. But last April, I did see that they have unveiled a large portion of the completed sections and I do think that they have succeeded in their improvements.

Overall, many think that the Jussieu sticks out like a sore thumb so close to the heart of central Paris. But it does have some interesting modernist details.
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Really very nice photo-updates of Paris, Mike
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This is the tower at the Jussieu Campus, is it not?

The tower of the Jussieu Campus may look quite out of place in central Paris, although I must admit that it is more interesting to look at up close. If you know someone who can provide you access to the tower, go up and enjoy the spectacular views.

As for the campus itself, it has been more than 10 years since they started the "renovations", and I had doubted that they would ever finish. But last April, I did see that they have unveiled a large portion of the completed sections and I do think that they have succeeded in their improvements.

Overall, many think that the Jussieu sticks out like a sore thumb so close to the heart of central Paris. But it does have some interesting modernist details.
Yes that's right. From what I saw on the boat trip up the Seine, the complex didn't look too bad. Because the building isn't anywhere near as high as the likes of Tour Montparnasse, I don't think it's quite as intruding on the landscape, considering there are also modern blocks across the river in Bercy. In some settings like that it almost helps make a photo. As you say, it does have some interesting modernist details. I'm sure there are some very nice views from there too! The views we got on this particular occasion were from the top of Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur on a very hazy day. Perhaps it may be worth a try going to the Jussieu Campus next time.
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