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Old January 31st, 2011, 12:16 AM   #81
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No place quite like it - it is magnificent and so are your pics
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Old January 31st, 2011, 04:52 PM   #82
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This Medieval church in your picture was bombed by the Germans during the mass service on Good Friday (Vendredi Saint) in 1918. The roof collapsed and fell on the worshipers assembled there to hear the mass, killing 88 people and wounding another 68 people. It's one of these little things that a modern visitor doesn't suspect today.



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Old January 31st, 2011, 05:14 PM   #83
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No place quite like it - it is magnificent and so are your pics
Thanks mate! You got that right, Paris is unique and just a huge piece of beauty. Have you been? If not, I readily encourage you to.

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This Medieval church in your picture was bombed by the Germans during the mass service on Good Friday (Vendredi Saint) in 1918. The roof collapsed and fell on the worshipers assembled there to hear the mass, killing 88 people and wounding another 68 people. It's one of these little things that a modern visitor doesn't suspect today.



Hi. Yes, that rings a bell, I think the tour guide on the Bateau Mouche mentioned that - hence the appearance of many different eras of architecture on the church. It's a very interesting church though in that respect. I, however, didn't know the exact facts so thank you for that.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 05:19 PM   #84
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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!
Uh? Where the heck did you get that information?

The "Comte de Cierges" never existed. The Conciergerie was the northern wing of the Medieval royal palace of France, today's Palace of Justice. In London the Medieval royal palace was Westminster Palace, which later became the seat of the English Parliament when the English kings vacated it. In Paris the Medieval royal palace was "le Palais" (of which the Conciergerie was the northern wing), which later became the seat of the Parliament of Paris when the French kings vacated it, and which has now become the Palace of Justice hosting the Paris courts and the supreme court of France (in France the Parliament evolved into a judiciary body, whereas in England the Parliament evolved into a political legislative body).

The French kings moved out of the Palais on the Île de la Cité in the 14th century because it was too difficult to protect against people's uprisings during the Hundred Years' War. They moved first to the Hôtel Saint-Pol in the Marais (now disappeared) and to Vincennes Castle (still standing), and then to the Louvre (the Medieval Louvre was destroyed and rebuilt in the 16th century).

That's how the Palais on the Île de la Cité looked like around 1400. The Conciergerie is to the left. The Sainte Chapelle (the palace's chapel) is to the right.


That's how Vincennes Castle looked like around 1400. The central dungeon (keep) is still standing today. It's the tallest keep still surviving in Europe, and the most impressive Medieval remain in Paris, but few tourists ever visit it, they prefer to go to fake places like Moulin Rouge or Montmartre, which tells you a lot about modern tourism!


That's how the Medieval Louvre looked like around 1400 when it replaced the Palais as the official royal palace of France. This amazing Medieval castle was unfortunately entirely destroyed and rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries, giving way to the modern Louvre that we know today.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 05:25 PM   #85
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Uh? Where the heck did you get that information?
Apologies if what I've written is wrong. I'm just going by the Paris Insight Guide travel book. Perhaps writing to them to inform them of there incorrect information may be an idea.

Interesting and informative post of yours there though and lovely images. I get what you mean about modern tourism though I find the likes of la Conciergerie far more interesting than that of Moulin Rouge personally.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 05:28 PM   #86
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I'm just going by the Paris Insight Guide travel book.
Unbelievable what some guidebooks write!
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Unbelievable what some guidebooks write!
On what you have just corrected me on, I can quite agree with that. Feel free to put right any Insight Guide jargon I share in this thread again haha.
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PART VIII
La Seine par Bateaux Mouches



One of the most popular trips taken in Paris is the tour boats that carry visitors along the Seine River. These provide a lovely way to enjoy the scenery of this beautiful city, a bit of tranquility in what can be a tiring city to explore, and a chance to see many of the famous monuments from a different vantage point.

Most boats will provide a commentary as the trip goes on but, I warn you, this gets exceeedingly annoying when spoken in at least eight different languages. Nevertheless, it's a very pleasurable trip giving a good view of the riverbanks as you sail by.

































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Old January 31st, 2011, 05:55 PM   #89
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All the heads of the kings on these pictures were cut off on October 23, 1793, during the French Revolution, because the people of Paris thought the statues represented the former kings of France. In reality the statues represent the kings of Judah and Israel from the Bible. The heads were resculpted and put back on the bodies in the 19th century. The original cut off heads were rediscovered in April 1977 during some digging work taking place at 20 rue de la Chaussée d'Antin, in the 9th arrondissement. They had been buried there by a royalist in 1796 to preserve them. They are now on display at the Cluny Museum, the museum of Medieval arts, one of the most interesting museums in Paris.

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The original heads rediscovered in 1977 were sculpted around 1220.



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Thank you for that, Brisavoine.
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At Bercy, just past the Notre Dame, the boat turns around and heads westwards again with a view of the northern bank and more distant views of the Quai d'Orsay.



































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Bristol Mike you brought back to me the wonderful memories of Paris in those photos . Thanks for sharing your photos.
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Bristol Mike you brought back to me the wonderful memories of Paris in those photos . Thanks for sharing your photos.
Hi! Glad to hear it, is this from a visit or when you previously lived in the city? More to come shortly.
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Update coming soon!
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Old February 7th, 2011, 12:12 PM   #95
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Those recent updates were very nice once again, Mike... now i will wait for the new photos
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Those recent updates were very nice once again, Mike... now i will wait for the new photos
Thanks mate! More will be coming, just need to get to the next page so this one doesn't overload with photos.
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Any thoughts, comments or questions to help get over to the next page for the following update?
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