Paris Journals

Paris in September - Part III

A September 2003 trip to Paris by roza4

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Quote: Journees du Patrimoine, which happens every year in mid-September, is the best time to see all of Paris' palaces that are closed to public for the rest of the year.

Banque de France

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Attraction | "Banque de France (Hotel de Toulouse)"

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No pictures are allowed. Hotel de Toulouse was built in 1635, and at one time, was the residence of Count de Toulouse. In 1811, Napoleon created Banque de France, and this building became its headquarters. As part of Journees du Patrimoine, Banque de France opened its doors for 2 days to visitors, and I didn't lose the opportunity. The reason that I wanted to see its interior is a magnificent gallery – Galerie Doree (Golden Gallery) -- that is really worth visiting. The gallery is a huge hall with a painted ceiling showing mythical scenes. Underneath, along green and gilded walls, there are four large paintings on each side framed in gold with vignettes on the bottom. Along the wal...Read More

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Banque de France
Hotel de Toulouse
Paris, France
+33 05 61 61 35 35

Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis

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Attraction | "Eglise Saint Paul-Saint Louis"

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During Journees du Patrimoine, there was a wealth of concerts, so you just had to pick which ones to go to. At 8pm on Saturday, there was a free concert of baroque music inside this very large church. There were five musicians on brass instruments who performed several pieces. The church is very imposing with its tall columns of the entrance and very tall cupola. It has great acoustics. That evening, it was so full, there weren’t enough chairs for everybody, and some people were sitting on the stairs to chapels, some were standing. I sat on the stairs of the chapel behind the musicians and listened in the half-darkness of the large hall. The statues on both sides in the niches seemed to al...Read More

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Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis
99, rue Saint-Antoine
Paris, France

Musée Carnavalet

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Attraction | "Musee Carnavalet and Place des Vosges"

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As soon as the concert at Eglise St Paul-St Louis was over, we were off to see other places. Hotel de Lamoignon also had a baroque music performance, but it filled up fast, and by 9pm, nobody was let in. So we went to see Musee Carnavalet instead. This is a museum of the history of the city of Paris, and it has several rooms on the first floor with gold vignettes on the walls and crystal chandeliers – these are rooms from Hotel d’Uzes (1768). Upstairs are Salon Louis XV, salon Bouvier, and souvenirs de Marie-Antoinette. On the first floor there is an exit to a large French-style garden with bushes beautifully trimmed into swirls and hanging gardens all along the walls of the inner courtyar...Read More

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Musée Carnavalet
23, rue de Sévigné
Paris, France 75003
+33 1 44 59 58 58

Basilica du Sacre Coeur

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Attraction | "Basilique du Sacre-Coeur"

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Metro Abbesses No photos inside. Open: 6:45am to 11pm daily. Entrance is free. The crypt and dome are open daily 9am to 7pm, but cost is 2.45€. Even though it looks white from everywhere in the city, the building is really light beige. The dome is covered in U-shaped plates put next to each other. Take funicular and then a flight of stairs to the entrance. Three horseshoe-shaped gates form the entrance. The style of the church is Romanesque-Byzantine, and it was built between 1876 and 1919. The mosaic above the altar shows Christ with religious leaders on the left-hand side offering him the globe, the crown, and everything they have, and on the right-hand side, there are wri...Read More

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

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Also as part of Journees du Patrimoine, across the street from exit of Palais de l’Elysees, I visited this yet another residence of France – Hotel de Marigny. It is a significantly more impressive building on the outside, with the grand entrance through a tall arch with two goddesses around the letters "RF," which they claim stands for Republique de France. I think that it used to stand for Roi de France. This is not such a pilgrimage site as Palais de l’Elysees, but then what is? It took us about 20 minutes to get in. It took about 30 minutes to get in to see Assemblee Nationale. Palais Bourbon and Hotel de Lassay are two very beautiful buildings. Hotel de Lassay has same style through th...Read More
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On Sunday, we continued our exploration of Paris during Journees du Patrimoine. I always wanted to see inside of Palais du Luxembourg, so there we went. After a very short wait in line to get in, we are inside Palais du Luxembourg very slowly moving through the corridors in line from one room to the other. The rooms are very impressive with lots of frescoed ceilings, walls and shutters, gold borders and mosaics. On the other hand, this same style is also very pompous, over the top, designed to impress. However, it does just the opposite – you can’t imagine being here day in, day out. Nonetheless, the buildings are very large and surprisingly larger portion of them was shown to the public – t...Read More