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Old May 28th, 2008, 07:09 PM   #1
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A long walk in Paris' main business district, part 1

Unlike the common through La Defense is not the CBD of Paris nor its biggest business district.
The biggest business district of Paris is called QCA (Quartier Central des Affaires), it has 8 million m² 90 million sq ft of office and 400,000 employements, it is the biggest business district in Europe along with London City.


http://www.webimm.com/statistique/zonesgeo.asp

Well this first part will show a rather homogenious architecture, but don't be fooled the architecture is diverse in this district, this part is not the best exemple to prove it.
Many building look old but infact were building in the from last decade to nowaday.
This method is called facadism, they destroy an old building but they let the old facade and they build a new building inside.
I am not a big fan of this method I prefer to have a modern looking building.
Don't worry there is also building with modern facade in QCA.

There is places that I have already showed and many new places that I did not even knew before.

1. We begin at Pyramides, the place where stop my bus.

2. Avenue de L'Opera, maybe the last busy important way in Central Paris, see the first Starbucks in our trip.

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4. I love Opera, interresting name for a tendy restaurant, quite empty because these picture were took before 12 p.m.

5. The Avenue de l'Opera is architecturally homogenious but it is not the case of the whole QCA.

6. According me the avenue lacks of glassy buildings.

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9. Even in Opera district there is some glassy building.

10. I like this red brick building.

11. Avenue de L'Opera, homogenious with many fake old buildings but beautiful.

12. Brasserie, Japanese restaurants, Chinese restaurants, Korean restaurants, Italian restaurants, north african restaurants, Kebab, and some french restaurants I like the diversity.

13. Incredible, people on the Avenue de l'Opera I joke, it is common on working day and due at tourists.

14. Fake old building, infact only the facade is historical, the building inside was built in the 1990's 2000's.

15. Rue Louis le Grand.

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19. Rue du Quatre Septembre.

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24. Boulevard des Capucines, empty here but crowded in lunch time.

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27. Well second, I like its facade.

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29. Intersection with Avenue de l'Opera.

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34. I hesitated to post this picture because it look too touristy, this is a little bonus.

35. The famous Rue de la Paix with the Place Vendome.

36. Crossing

37. Another crossing. It is green but it is not a Starbucks.

38. We continue in the Boulevard des Capucines.

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42. They tried to build a glassy building in Parisian old style, if you want my opinion they failed , a fully modern style building would a way better.

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44. Rue Scribe.

45. Old England.

46. Rue Daunou.

47. Alway in Boulevard des Capucines

48.

49. Oh the beautiful 1910's facade.

50. Now if we look inside, oh the quite nice 1990's office buildings.

51. It look authentic, I don't know how many people fall into this trap when they go in Paris because it is really frequent.

52. Here it is authentic.

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54. This complex is quite empty, maybe busier in lunch times. :shrug:

55. Fine English Furniture : Paris - Brussels.

56. Rue Auber

57. Sorry for the bad quality, entrance of RER A Auber station.

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59. Rue Boudreau

60. Revoila Boulevard des Capucines.

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62. The Famous Olympia.

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64. A new building with a 1930's facade u/c, well soon completed

65. Rue Caumartin.

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67. Rue des Capucines.

68. Boulevard des Capucines.

69. Rue de Seze, maybe you may not notice it.

70. Third...


To be continued.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 10:33 PM   #2
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71. Here Boulevard des Capucines become Boulevard de la Madeleine.

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75. Rue Cambon.

76. Rue Godot de Mauroy

77. Rue Vignon

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79. Madeleine

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81. Well an other touristy bonus picture.

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84. Rue Duphot.

85. Rue Richepance.

86. Place de la Madeleine.

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90. Rue Royal, a lot of very expensive stuff that only interrest tourist.

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92. London Cab.

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94. A little Passage.

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100. Many policemen here.

101. Rue du faubourg Saint Honere.

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104. A renovated old passage.

105. That link at a modern office complex with modern facade.

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107. Revoila la Rue du faubourg Saint Honere.

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109. Rue d'Anjou.

110.


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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:07 PM   #3
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i really must visit paris one time, such a wonderful city
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Old May 29th, 2008, 02:22 PM   #4
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111.

112. Rue de Suresne.

114.

115. Here intersection between Boulevard Malesherbes and Rue de Suresne.

116.

117. Rue de Suresne.

118. Rue Boissy d'Anglais.

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120. Nice building fo rember that we are in an office district. Unfortunely I can't enter fuhrter.

121. West Coast style, maybe not the good district. Les Halles is more Hip Hop.

122. Boulevard Malesherbes.

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125. Rue la ville l'Eveque.

126. Intersection with Rue d'Anjou.

127. An other nice glassy building, i prefer this at the facadism.

128. An other one in the oposite side of the street.

129. A bad surprise for this driver. :haha:

130.

131. Rue d'Astorg.

132. Here it is easy to say that the facade and the building was not build at the same time. 1920's for the facade... 2000's for the building.

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134. Reback in Rue la ville l'Eveque. Nice diversity.

135. Rue Roquepine.

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137. Here it become Rue Penthievre.

138. Rue de Cambaceres.

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140. Rue Penthievre. Well 60's building.... ugly


End of the first part.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 05:05 PM   #5
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This is a very vibrant part of Paris, with both tourists and workers. There are many upscale hotels near this area.

I wish you would have captured the whole length of Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. It is upscale shopping lane. In the summer, you can find luxury and supercars belonging to rich arabs from oil-exporting countries on that street, as well as Avenue George V and Avenue Montaigne and the Champs Elysées.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 05:49 PM   #6
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Vibrant, vibrant... it is quite empty before the lunch time (the case in these pictures).
After 12.30 p.m it become so vibrant and lively, expecially near Opera, Saint Lazare and of course the Champ Elysees.

The picture near (and in) the Champs Elysees will be in the second part.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 06:21 PM   #7
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Thank You for the lovely pictures.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 06:27 PM   #8
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nice pictures... I like your short descriptions of the photos
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thanx for sharing your little tour. also apreciated your comments
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Wonderful set of pictures. I really love street level images!
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Interesting pictures! Thanks for letting us know that only the facades are old in many of the buildings
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Old June 1st, 2008, 07:34 PM   #12
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Yes, fortunely most of old looking buildings are old but a large part are modern.
The oldest building build with the facadism method that I know in this district is rue de Rivoli just near the Louvres museum.
The facade was build in the 17th century and the building in the 1970's.
We should note that in Rue de Rivoli or Place Vendome the facades where build before the building even in the 17th and 19th century.

The facadism become largely common in the 1990's 2000's where many entiere districts of QCA where distroyed.

If you look Paris CBD with Google Hearth or Google Map you can see many exemple of it.














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