Paris Journals

"La Ville Lumiere (The City of Lights)"

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An April 1985 trip to Paris by Wildcat Dianne

Dianne in front of the Eiffel Tower Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: Paris is known as "La Ville Lumiere (the City of Light)" and was my memorable first trip to Europe during my senior year of high school, 1985. Since then, I have been to Europe four more times and am hopelessly addicted to European travel, history, and culture.

"La Ville Lumiere (The City of Lights)"

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Dianne in front of the Eiffel Tower Photo, Paris, France
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It has been 18 years since I visited Paris, but I have many memories of the trip with my classmates from East Providence, Rhode Island. We spent two separate times in Paris. We spent from April 15-17 at a hotel on Avenue McMahon off of l'Etoile and near the Arc de Triomphe. We spent our last two days, April 19-21 after touring the Loire Valley and Normandy. Our second hotel was the Hotel Hamilton on Rue Lafayette. On the first morning in our hotel on Hotel McMahon, my two roommates and I were awoken by the concierge who delivered our breakfast. He knocked on our door yelling "Bonjour!" It took me a while to wake up and before I get out of bed to could answer the door, the concierge had come in w...Read More

Arc de Triomphe

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Attraction | "L'Arc de Triomphe"

Arc de Triomphe Photo, Paris, France
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My classmates and I had just landed in Paris and gone to our hotel on Avenue McMahon long enough to shower after a long, overnight flight and unpack. We were very eager to go sightseeing and we were thrilled to see that our hotel was right near l'Arc de Triomphe. So, off we went to see the Arc de Triomphe. L'Arc de Triomphe was built c. 1806 by Napolean Bonaparte as a celebration for his victories in battle in Europe and North Africa. It is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world (North Korea has the tallest triumphal arch). For a small fee, you can climb up the stairs in the arch to the top in order to see all of Paris. There is no elevator to the top, so if you are not in go...Read More

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Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-gaulle
Paris, France 75008
+33 (1) 55 37 73 77

Place de la Concorde

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Place de la Concorde Photo, Paris, France
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...So much was closing in about the women who sat knitting, knitting, that they their very selves were closing in around a structure yet unbuilt, where they were to sit knitting, knitting, counting dropping heads." From "A Tale of Two Cities.La Place de la Concorde is the big square that anchors the other end of Les Champs Elysees in central Paris. It was made famous by Charles Dickens in his novel A Tale of Two Cities. During the French Revolution, Place de la Concorde was known as Place du Revolution and was the place where the famous Guillotine stood during the French Revolution and executed thousands of French aristocrats during the bloody Terror. ...Read More

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Place de la Concorde
Avenue Gabriel
Paris, France 75008
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction | "La Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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Notre Dame de Paris stands on Ile de la Cite, the island in the middle of the Seine River in Paris. It was built in the Gothic style of architecture in the 12th Century and was the prototype of many of the Gothic cathedrals in France located in Rheims, Chartres, etc. La Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris's extterior has all of the features a Gothic Cathedral needs with its flying buttresses, towers, and gargoyles that keep the evil spirits out. Notre Dame's interior houses some of the biggest stained glass windows in the world including its 30-foot La Rosace Sud (Rose Window). Unfortunately, my camera was not equipped for taking shots of the dark interior and my pictures came out poor. There is a...Read More

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame
6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame
Paris, France 75004
+33 (1) 42 34 56 10

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "La Musee du Louvre (The Louvre Museum)"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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My classmates and I took a guided tour bus around Paris on our second day in town, and one of our first stops was to the famous museum at the Louvre. The Louvre was built 800 years ago and was the residence of the French Royal family for the first 400 years of its existence. Louis XIV lived in the Louvre for the first 30 years of his life until he moved to his creation at Versailles. He hated life in Paris since almost being killed as a child in the infamous Fronde rebellion. At the height of the Terror during the French Revolution in 1793, Le Louvre was made into a national museum complete with paintings and sculptures created by many of the masters such as Da Vinci, David, etc. ...Read More

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Musée du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
+33 (1) 40 20 51 51

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When I went to Paris with my classmates in April 1985, a small group of us spent our last Saturday in town shopping. We had been told of a couple of places in Paris that are great for shopping. One of them was Les Galleries and the other was Les Forum des Halles. So off we all went to go crazy shopping in Paris before going home to Rhode Island the next day. My classmates and I couldn't find any good bargains in Galleries, but we enjoyed looking at French clothing and lingerie, which is world-famous. Unfortunately, a classmate got sick and we had to cut that trip short to bring her back to our hotel on Avenue George V. We went to lunch at a restaurant in Paris and was served by a man w...Read More