Paris Journals

Paris in May, Part II

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A May 2000 trip to Paris by roza4

Eglise Saint-Eustache Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: This is a second journal on my travels to Paris. There is so much to tell. This is really a city which you owe it to yourself to explore at least once in your life. And once you've been there, you'll want to come back.

Paris in May, Part II

Overview

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In this journal I'll be writing about the Eiffel tower, Arc de Triumphe, Palais Royale, Paris churches and cathedrals, parks and lots of other places to see. There are so many things to see once you are there and so little time. So read on and decide for yourself what you should or shouldn't see when you are in Paris for the first time and what you can leave for the next time.Quick Tips: I found that you have to travel with 2 maps: one - general map of Paris that you can get anywhere for free, the second - a map of arrondisements. There are lots of those and it's really a good investment for under . I found the combination of the 2 invaluable. Take lots of pictures, and buy some postcard...Read More

Les Invalides/L'Hôtel National des Invalides

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Attraction | "Les Invalides"

Les Invalides/L'Hôtel National des Invalides Photo, Paris, France
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phone: (33)0144423772 Les Invalides is an architectural ensemble that takes up a huge block in the centre of Paris. It was originally built as a hospital for the retired soldiers - veterans of the wars during the reign of Louis XIV. It was built in 1674 and was ready to accept its first occupants. In 1677 the construction of the church building began which was finished in 1706 and it was then divided into the soldire's church and the cathedral of Les Invalides. By the end of 17th century this was the house of 4000 invalides that lived here as if it was a regular army. The buidling is a great example of the classicism architecture. The decorations of the cuppola of the cathedral are done in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2001

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

Pantheon

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Attraction | "The Pantheon"

Pantheon Photo, Paris, France
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phone: (33)0144321800 Originally there was a basilica that was built in 6th century, where Genevieve who protected Paris from barbarians was buried and her tomb was the place of pilgrimage. In 18th century a new basilica was built after Louis XV recovered from a serious illness cure of which he attributed to Genevieve. The basilica was designed by the project of Soufflot and completed in 1790 after 26 years of contruction. In 1791 the basilica was converted into a temple for the remains of the great man of France. This is the place where Voltaire, Hugo, Zola, Curies, Malaraux, Saint-Exupery, and many others were laid to rest. The Pantheon became the place that honors great man that served t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2001

Pantheon
Place Du Panthéon
Paris 75005
+33 (1) 44 32 18 00

Eglise Saint-Eustache

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Eglise Saint-Eustache Photo, Paris, France
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This church is located near Les Halles and Forum. It was built from 1532 through 1640, but its facade the way it is now was significantly changed during the French revolution. This is one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. It combines Gothic and Renaissance styles in its architecture. It has very beautiful stain glass and a large organ and an Oratory where you can listen to concerts. The church also has a large history. This is where Richelieu and Moliere were baptised, Louis XIV had his first communion, many French nobles were buried. Here Berlioz conducted for the first time "Te Deum" and Liszt conducted "The Grand Mass". The church is really an incredibly interesting place and is very...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Eglise Saint-Eustache
2 impasse Saint-Eustache
Paris, France

Palais-Royal and Gardens

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Attraction | "Palais Royal"

Palais-Royal and Gardens Photo, Paris, France
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Palais Royal was once Hotel de Rambouillet, but cardinal de Richelieu (yes, yes, that same cardinal) wanted to live closer to the king who lived in the Louvre, so he bought the hotel in 1624 and transformed it into a palace. When cardinal died he gave the palace to the king. Anne oof Austria after the death of her husband Louis XIII lived in Palais-Royal. The palace was renovated several times, especially after the fire in the opera house in 1763. The opera house was reconstructed and now is the site of Comedie Francaise. During the revolution the buidling was damaged and after restoration became the way we see it today. Currently this is the building of the Ministry of Culture. I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Palais-Royal and Gardens
Place Du Palais-royal
Paris, France 75001

Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois

Attraction | "Eglise St Germain l'Auxerrois"

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Located on the east side of the Louvre, this church used to be king's church at one time and when I first heard that name in Paris, I thought where have I heard that before? That's right, Alexander Dumas, "Queen Margot". This small church and the Mairie of the 1st arrondisement are like twins from the outside. It has Gothic architecture and very much reminds of Notre Dame. My personal impression was that once you've been to St Germain l'Auxerrois, Notre Dame doesn't look so astounding.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois
2 Place du Louvre
Paris, France