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Striking Paris-Outdoor Artistry, Symmetrical City

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An October 2001 trip to Paris by travelprone

Place de la Concorde Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: In a Paris with most municipal museums closed by a workers’ strike, the visitor can still see open-air art in parks deliberately planned by the extraordinary Baron Haussman, who created this "Paris vision" for Napoleon III in the early decades of the second half of the nineteenth century.

Striking Paris-Outdoor Artistry, Symmetrical City

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At the Tuileries fountain Photo, Paris, France
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If you should encounter Paris during a museum worker strike, do take day trips as we did - Versailles and Chartres are both unforgettable. Also, although the Rodin would be closed, its grounds feature several sculptures in the open air. Visit the major places, especially Concorde, des Vosges, and Bastille. Stroll the Seine and visit the boquinistes for an array of literary gems. See other parks: the Luxembourg and Bois de Boulounge are Parisian favorites and visits to them will extend both your appreciation of why Paris is so popular year round as well as allow you to see how its "green" assets make Paris so liveable to its citizens and so appreciated by its visitors. Don’t overlook Montmartre and ...Read More

Place de la Concorde

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Attraction | "Obelisk In The Place de la Concorde"

Place de la Concorde Photo, Paris, France
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Heads rolled here! Site of the infamous guillotine Revolutionary executions, the Place de la Concorde (renamed to emphasize serenity following tumultuous times) is a beautiful component in the alignment of monuments Baron Haussman extended from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe. Previously named Place Louis IV, when a statue of that king dominated the square, and then Place de la Revolution, when all the head rolling was going on, this is the largest (21 acres) square in Paris. Here you can see the fascinating Obelisk, one of two that fronted an Egyptian temple in Thebes, later called Luxor, from the 13th centurt B.C. Its arduous, lengthy journey from the original site is fittingly depic...Read More

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Place de la Concorde
Avenue Gabriel
Paris, France 75008
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Jardin des Tuileries

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Attraction

Jardin des Tuileries Photo, Paris, France
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The Tuileries is a most splendid, formal expanse of greenery just adjacent to the magnificent Louvre. Located near the site of a Catherine de’Medici palace that burned to the ground in 1871, these gardens, last transformed by Le Notre, who also worked his landscaping magic at Versailles, strike the neo-classical notes of geometric order and aesthetic formality; paths here are straight, trees are aligned -- all is calculated. At the center of the city, the gardens with bubbling fountains and vast pond surrounded by benches draw visitors and natives alike. On the autumn day we visited, the crowd was very large, in part because the Louvre was closed due to the museum workers’ strike, but also because thi...Read More

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Jardin des Tuileries
Rue De Rivoli
Paris, France 75001

Montparnasse Cemetery-Cimetière du Montparnasse

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Attraction | "Montparnasse Cemetery"

Montparnasse Cemetery-Cimetière du Montparnasse Photo, Paris, France
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The Montparnasse Cemetery is surrounded by the contrasting lofty Montparnasse Tower and the bustling Gare Montparnasse, from which day trips to Chartres and Versailles are so convenient. For ardent feminists, a map at the left of the main entrance shows where Simone de Beauvoir is buried next to her existentialist partner Jean Paul-Sartre, for whom Montparnasse Cemetery became his mortal No Exit. For lovers of literature, this cemetery offers abundant opportunities for "celebrity grave sighting," as Samuel Beckett, Charles Baudelaire, Eugene Ionesco, and Guy de Maupassant are also buried here. The lush, flower-filled cemetery is a quiet ramble for those who find cemetery-exploring enjoya...Read More

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Montparnasse Cemetery-Cimetière du Montparnasse
3 Blvd Edgar Quinet
Paris, France

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

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Attraction | "Parc des Buttes-Chaumont"

Parc des Buttes Chaumont Photo, Paris, France
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Parc des Buttes Chaumont is the largest Parisian park; it definitely appealed to our son as he’s really a Romantic at heart, and this park abounds with surprising sights -- a 89m cliff, a stalagmite-covered cave, a Sybill’s Temple, and a cascade -- that make it a rustic delight. Natives love it, too. On the day he visited, the place had a goodly number of mothers and nannies with strollers, older couples out for a stroll, many joggers, and anyone else who could enjoy free time in the middle of the week on a beautiful fall afternoon. It offers a close escape hatch from big city living, although, thanks to Baron Haussmann, Paris is a city full of mini-parks equipped with benches like the one in our Mont...Read More

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Right Bank of River Seine, 19th Arrondissement
Paris, France 75019

Parc Montsouris

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Attraction

Parc Montsouris Photo, Paris, France
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On the edge of University City, a large international students’ residence complex (it received support in its 1920s construction from THE John D. Rockefeller), is the Parc Montsouris. A very picturesque park, its name could have originated from a corruption of "moquesouris," meaning "mouse mockery," a word used to describe it from a mouse’s point of view after the closings of the grain mills that were located in this area. Another possible, not as fanciful, translation is that of "mouse mountain." Montsouris is in the fourteenth arrondissement just off Rue Braque, the street named for the sculptor whose studio home is still here on the park’s edge. This lovely, quiet area attracted many successful art...Read More

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Parc Montsouris
Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, France 75014

Paris requires special strategies

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Flowers in all color Photo, Paris, France
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What will we do differently on our next trip to Paris? First, we will not try to rent an apartment: we were "locked" into it for a week, so, after 9/11, if we had cancelled, we would have lost over 1500 dollars unless the Drawbridge to Europe staff had been able to rent it out that week. In addition, we could only arrive on Saturday, as key pick-up was NOT available on Sunday, a restriction that is widespread with Paris rentals. Some firms will allow Sunday arrivals, but at an extra charge in the range of 50-75 dollars. In our case, this Saturday arrival forced us to chop off a day in Prague, a city we enjoyed, and travel on the weekend when airfare from Prague to Paris was more expensive than off-pea...Read More

Thalys high-speed train

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Attraction | "Taking the Thalys From The Gare Du Nord"

Thalys high-speed train Photo, Paris, France
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Taking the Thalys to Brussels from Paris at the Gare du Nord was a memorable though not totally pleasant experience. Feeling smugly in control of arranging our transition to Bruges, our next destination, we had purchased our three train tickets the day before departure at the station and familiarized ourselves with its vast layout. After a week in Paris, we could return to the Gare via the RER Denfert-Rochereau in early morning before rush hour. No expensive taxi needed, and we could manage with only five pieces of luggage, three of them rolling. We expected smooth "railing," as we arrived at the station a full hour before our train’s departure. Ha! "Pride goeth before . .", you know the rest....Read More

Thalys high-speed train
Gare Du Nord
Paris, France