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Paris, for All Seasons, All the Year Through

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A July 2004 trip to Paris by Gaires2359

Paris - Palais Garnier Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: In springtime: when flowers bloom, wander through meadows in their sweet perfume. In summer: play in the sand, making love, getting tanned. In fall: September is heavenly with autumn leaves falling from trees. In winter: when snow is on the ground, kiss below the mistletoe when Santa comes to town.

Paris, for All Seasons, All the Year Through

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Paris - Palais Garnier Photo, Paris, France
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Day or night, Paris in all its splendour is a wonderful sight. Take an ILLUMINATIONS night tour of the city, which incorporates a cruise on the River Seine and a drive around Paris to some of the major sights not seen on the cruise. Paris at night is both elegant and romantic, with monuments lit up showing off their architectural splendour. It is what one imagines it to be and more. In summer, when the daylight hours are longer, be sure to take the cruise that starts around 9pm so you can see the full effect of the city before and after the lights come on. Multilingual commentary is offered by a number of different cruise companies on different boats. Quick Tips: Learn a few phrases to...Read More

Les Invalides/L'Hôtel National des Invalides

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Attraction | "Hôtel des Invalides"

Les Invalides/L'Hôtel National des Invalides Photo, Paris, France
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You may find it a bit dry from my description, but once there, it's hard to resist the lure of the golden dome. Built by Louis XIV, the Hôtel des Invalides is the largest architectural project of his reign after Palais de Versailles. It was built for his wounded soldiers, who previously had no option but to live by stealing if they refused to join the abbeys, and they were obligated to take them in. The construction was undertaken by Libéral Bruant, who built the eastern half of the building on the Grenelle plain between 1671 and 1674. The first group of veterans moved in immediately. Before the western section was completed, Louis replaced Bruant with Jules Hardouin-Mansart, who built...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 4, 2004

Les Invalides/L'Hôtel National des Invalides
Esplanade Des Invalides
Paris, France 75007
+33 1 44 42 37 70

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction | "Notre Dame de Paris"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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Notre Dame de Paris, at the geographic and historical heart of the capital, illustrates the splendors and variations of Gothic architecture between the mid-12th and the early 14th centuries. No other building is so associated with the history of Paris as Notre Dame. A Gothic masterpiece standing on the site of the Roman temple, at the time it was finished in about 1330, Notre Dame was 130 metres long and featured flying buttresses, a large transept, a deep choir, and 69-metre-high towers. It stands majestically on the Ile de la Cité, cradle of the city. Pope Alexander III laid the first stone in 1163, marking the start of 170 years of toil by armies of Gothic architects and medieval craftsmen. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

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

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction | "Walking Tour of Notre-Dame de Paris"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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Notre Dame consists of a nave with five double bays flanked by double aisles, a short, wide transept punctuated at each end with magnificent rose windows, and a round apse with seven sections. The square vaults -- six over the central nave and four over the side aisles -- used a single type of pillar throughout to produce an effect of structural unity. In this majestic setting, kings and emperors were crowned, and royal Crusaders were blessed. But Notre Dame was also the scene of turmoil. Revolutionaries ransacked the place, banished religion, changed it into a temple to the Cult of Reason, and then used it as a wine store. Napoleon restored religion in 1804, and architect Viollet-le-Duc later restore...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2004

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

Musee d'Orsay

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Attraction | "Musée d’Orsay"

Musee d'Orsay Photo, Paris, France
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It is located in the district synonymous with intellectual life, centering cafés and bars frequented by philosophers, writers, actors, and musicians. It is where Victor Hugo used to live, and the site of the famous Musée d’Orsay. Designed by Victor Lalour for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, the former Gare d’Orsay stands on the site of two former state buildings, which, in the early 19th century, were left in ruins due to the Paris Commune fires of 1870 to 1871. The Orléans Railway Company bought over the plot of land in 1897, with a view to make it a railway station for trains serving Nantes, Bordeaux, and Toulouse. Construction was completed within 2 years, just in time for the ex...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2004

Musee d'Orsay
62, Rue De Lille
Paris, France 75343
+33 (1) 4049-4994

Basilica du Sacre Coeur

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Attraction | "Sacré-Coeur"

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France
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Personally, I find this to be more charming than Notre Dame, and every time I'm in Paris, I take a pilgrimage up the slopes of Montmartre. A Romano-Byzantine church completed in 1914, it has quite a few treasures, including Eugène Benet's figure of Chirst. At the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, two Catholic businessmen made a private religious vow-that should France be spared the Prussian onslaught, they’d build a church and dedicate it to the Sacred Heart of Christ. The two men, Alexandre Legentil and Rohault de Fleury, lived to see Paris saved from invasion despite the war and a lengthy siege, and the beginnings of the Sacré-Coeur basilica project. Inspired by the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2004

Basilica du Sacre Coeur
35, Rue Du Chevalier-de-la-barre Rue De La Bonne
Paris, France 75018
+33 (1) 53 41 89 00

Toit de la Grande Arche

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Attraction | "Le Toit de la Grande Arche de La Défense"

Toit de la Grande Arche Photo, Paris, France
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Paris is a study in contrasts, and that’s what grabs me because I like both the ancient and the futuristic. As much as I admire the classical lines of the Arc de Triomphe, I also marvel at the magnitude of the Grande Arche de La Défense. In 1962 former president François Mitterand started a programme to lovingly preserve and renovate rundown districts like Marais. Mitterand’s Grand Travaux, Great Works, also gave greater access to monuments and art collections and included plans to build monuments for the future, including Opéra de la Bastille, Cité des Sciences, and a national library, hence equipping Paris for the 21st century along with the "space-age" architecture of La Défense...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2004

Toit de la Grande Arche
Esplanade de la Défense
Paris-la Défense, France 92044
+33 1 49 07 27 57