Paris Journals

Picturesque Paris

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A December 1990 trip to Paris by MichaelJM

The louvre Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: We've visited Paris several times over the years, and this journal tries to give a flavour, an overview, of several of these holidays.

Picturesque Paris

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Overview

The louvre Photo, Paris, France
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In our minds, Paris will always be highly rated as a capital city to visit. It was, other than London, the first capital we’d stayed in, and the trip was improved on, as we had Parisian friends who were desperate to show us the delights of their city. The place has an ambience all of its own, and despite the reputation of Parisians as being parochial and hostile to foreign travellers, we generally found them to be friendly and responsive. The streets were clean and litter-free, thanks to the determination of the government to clamp down on litter louts by imposing on-the spot fines, plenty of waste bins, and a squad of inconspicuous cleaners. There are some great views to be had from...Read More

Basilica du Sacre Coeur

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Attraction | "Sacré-Coeur"

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France
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The Basilica of Sacré-Cœur summons up a mixture of emotions. Its stark whiteness gleams over the city as the sun is reflected off the huge dome. It’s a fairly modern construction by church standards, and construction began in 1875. Forty years later, the Roman-Byzantine edifice was completed and Parisians continue to dislike its imposing presence on the hilltop of Montmartre. Despite their alleged abhorrence of the structure, we tourists love it, and I’d have to recommend a visit not only for an inspection of the building, but also to enjoy the spectacular views from the summit. It’s a strange old story that accompanies the building of the basilique, as it seems the site merited a church in the...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

Eiffel Tower

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Attraction

Eiffel Tower Photo, Paris, France
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You will not fail to enjoy a visit to the Eiffel Tower, but consider for a moment or two why we should all be enchanted by 10,000 tons of iron work riveted together to dominate Paris’ cityscape. First, it has stood the test of time – Gustave Eiffel won a competition for the design of tower to celebrate the centenary of the French revolution. It was due to be demolished in 1909, but assumed major importance because of its sheer height as a receiver for the French Radio and, more recently, has significance as a meteorological and navigation station. Second, its construction is aesthetically pleasing, as its massive feet spread the load and support almost 900 feet of filigreed iron – standing in the cent...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2005

Eiffel Tower
Champ De Mars
Paris 75007

Arc de Triomphe

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Attraction

Arc de Triomphe Photo, Paris, France
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The Arc de Triomphe holds significant memories for me, as it was here that I experienced the free-for-all as traffic barged its way onto the roundabout as I tried to follow our French friends through the melee of traffic. When I finally made it off I was amazed at their insistence that I could park, alongside a few other cars, on the pavement near to the splendid memorial. By the time we had completed our tour of the arch, the cars were surrounded by local police who, with relish, served parking notices on all the vehicles. What a start to our tour of Paris! That aside the Arc is truly magnificent and the poignant sight of the "eternal flame" alongside the tomb of the Unknown Soldier is etched o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2005

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

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction | "Notre Dame de Paris"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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Notre Dame is the "home of Quasimodo" and this "proper" cathedral overlooks the significant Viviani Sqaure in a great position at the side of the Seine. Work started on this mighty edifice in 1163 and it took almost 200 years to complete. Amazingly the original plans were strictly adhered to, so other than some elaborate restoration work in the mid-1800s, what we see today is the church as originally conceived in the reign of Louis VII. The Cathedral has seen a variety of royal crownings including England’s Henry VI and Napoleon (who reportedly became impatient and grabbed the crown from the residing priest, crowned himself and then his empress, Josephine). The church’s portal would originall...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

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