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Favorite thing: You are right Exparisian. I think it is the only coffee shop of the place du Trocadero. It is located at the opposite side of the Musee de l'Homme.
Linked in the death
Favorite thing: Visit the Père Lachaise Cemetery in the East of Paris (Métro : Père Lachaise or Gambetta).
The Pere Lachaise was the Louis Xiv 's confessor and the graveyard is settled on the gardens of his mansion.
Fondest memory: Set up at the beginning of the XIX° Century on the former gardens of the Father Lachaise, Louis the 14th 's confessor.
A lot of famous people : Jim Morisson (each time I go there someone asks me where is his grave), Allan Kardec the spirit (often, there is somebody, the hand put on the grave, linked with him by the mind), Molière, La Fontaine, Héloïse and Abélard the lovers (the oldest tenants of the cemetary), Chappe (there is a telegraph on his grave), Victor Noir (his bronze statue is lying on the grave), Oscar Wilde (a crazy grave), Berlioz, Chopin, Edith Piaf, ...
And a lot of beautiful statues, odd graves, moving epitaths (look at the pic).
You can buy for 1,50€ a map with the names of the most famous occupiers at a gate of the cemetary.
Not a tourist place, eventhough I met here, 10 years ago, an American teacher of French.
A good place for a photographer.
See the travelogue about the Cemetary.
Favorite thing: Have a look at the historical signs.
They are placed here and there in Paris to tell the history of a building or of the area. Unfortunatly, they are only written in French. But the texts are generally short.
The signs are also indicated by shields on the maps which are by the streets in order to allow the pedestrians to do their own historical tour. The maps are written in French and in English.
Click on the photograph to see the entire picture.
Fondest memory: If you understand French, you can participate at historical guided walks. Each visit has a topic : a district, the ancient houses, the storical events occured in an area.
Each 'promenade' lasts 1:30 and costs 8/10€ with few people (10/12).
To know the program, look at the OFFICIEL DES SPECTACLES (see the tip on my Paris page). The program provides the topic, the appointment place and the schedule, the price.
I attended some of them and they were a help to discover a historical view of Paris.
Favorite thing: visit Notre Dame (métro : Cité or Chatelet)
Other pages present very well the cathedral.
Do not forget to give a glimpse at the Archealogical Crypt which is on the Place, in front of Notre Dame. Digging here to build an underground parking the workers discovered the remains of the Medieval Paris. A tight network of narrow streets surrounded the Cathedral. They were destroyed during the Second Empire.
In the crypt, you can see the restored ruines of houses and streets with stairs and heatings. A trace of our far past.
- More about the Crypt : see the travelogue.
Fondest memory: The photograph is taken from the Ile Saint Louis (see the travelogue dedicated to the less known Sister of the City Island)
Statue de la Republique
Favorite thing: The Place de la Republique is one of the main Paris landmarks because it is on the route between the East and the North West of Paris.
The hotels nearby say 1/ the Place is in the center. It is false.
2/ The Place is close to everywhere in Paris. It is not completly true but several metro lines pass by the Place de la Republique. Nonetheless, the line 1 and the RER (fast metro) do not pass there.
3/ The Place is safe. I have never been attacked there but there are a lot of beggars and gangmen who stand there and I feel unsafe, especially when I pass on the Southern sidewalk (near the restaurants (Mc Do, KFC, Quick, Buffalo Grill, Bistro Romain).
The monument (the statue of the Republique) erected in the middle of the Place, in 1884, is not a master piece.
I am sorry to disappoint the tourists who has booked a room in the huge Holiday Inn which is on the Northern sidewalk.
Fondest memory: Find an other place to stay.
Favorite thing: It is surely not the nicest monument of Paris but it is in the middle of the Place du Chatelet which is the center of Paris. I mean the crossroad of the main metro and RER lines.
It is devoted to the Napoleon's victories (like Arc de Triomphe which is more famous) which are written on the column.
The pedestal was added by the nephew Napoleon III who chose to put a sphinx (a la mode on this time).
The 4 women at the basis of the column are : the Faith, Viligence, Law and Force.
Tell me if you have guessed...
Fondest memory: It is located at the best place of Paris (the more central) and nobody really sees it.
Lustre of Opera and ceiling painted by Chagall
Favorite thing: See the Opéra recently cleaned (it looks like a meringue cake).
The Opéra is partly financed by the State in order to present gorgeous shows. There are no savings on the scenery or on the dress and the plays run for a short time.
There is a large range of prices (10 to 150 euros) according to the place in the hall.
Pay attention : for 10 euros, you can listen to the music but you see few of the performance.
The Opera can be visited ( free tour) for 6 euros (open 10AM - 5 PM).
Fondest memory: I had the advantage to visit indoor. The stage is as long as the hall (50 m) but you cannot see that excepted if you attend a ballet. The basement is 20 meters under the soil, at the underground water level and it remains some basins in which, according a rumor, trouts are grown up.
According to a legend, there are on the roof some beeheeves which produce honey given initially to the singers to help us to keep their voice .
During my visit, the huge lustre was down to have its annual cleaning.
Have a glimpse on it, it is marvellous. The ceiling is original.
Favorite thing: Look at the restored Fountains on the Place de la Concorde.
Go to the travelogue 'Champs Elysees' to see more photographes.
Fondest memory: To visit by night when the water springs from the nozles lighted by the spots.
Pont Neuf & la Samaritaine
Favorite thing: Inaugurated in 1578, the New Bridge is the oldest one of Paris.
During the 17e century, a song told : "on the Pont Neuf, one is sure to meet at any hour a monk, a white horse and a prostitute".
Now you are sure to meet in this place a tourist, a backpacker and a police agent.
The semi-round spaces with a bank which are on the parapets of each sides, are initially made for the street vendors. Now they are an ideal rest place for the tired tourists or for the lovers looking for a romantic site.
Fondest memory: On the picture, in the far, there is the department store La Samaritaine, of which moto was "on trouve tout a la Samaritaine" (one finds everything at the Samaritaine). It is false, of course.
The name Samaritaine which comes from the Gospel, was initially given to a pump which was there to take out the water of Seine.
Now the water pump is replaced by a money pump.
Favorite thing: This church was built initially to be a temple devoted to the Glory (for this reason, it is the only church to have a Napoleon painting).
But when the Bourbon went back on the throne, it was definitely transformed into a church. And it was inaugurated in 1842 as a church.
The parish around was inhabited by wealthy persons and it remains one of the most expensive district of Paris.
Look at the real estate frontwindow to check what I just tell.
Climb the stairs and have a look on rue Royale and in the far the Obelisk of place de la Concorde and the Parliament (Chambre des Députés).
Fondest memory: I have been working for 2 years in this district until my Company moved in the suburbs.
One week before the move I thought :"It's stupid, I am about to leave the area and I never visited the church".
So, at lunch time, I entered for the first time in La Madeleine.
Since this day, I came back several times though La Madeleine is far to be the most beautiful church of Paris.
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