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Favorite thing: Les Invalides officially known as L'Hotel national des Invalides is a complex of buildings wich containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans.
The buildings house the museum of the Army of France and the Museum d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the burial site for some of France's war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte.
Fondest memory: The church attached houses the tomb of Napoleon. The tomb crafted in red porphyry from Russia...
Jardin de l'Intendant, Paris
Favorite thing: Bordering the Eglise du Dôme in the south-west corner of the grounds Hotel des Invalides is the Jardin de l'Intendant, Garden of the Steward.
Fondest memory: It is a classically-French designed garden of 13,311 square meters, created in 1980.
Here, on the garden side of the trees, is a bronze statue of Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the architect of the Eglise du Dome.
It is a lovely, restful garden for taking a bit of sunshine and admiring the gilded dome of the church.
Favorite thing: The Seine is one of the major rivers in France.
It is 776 km (486 miles) long, rising in eastern France near the Swiss Alps, flowing through Paris and into the English Channel at Le Havre.
Fondest memory: In 1991, the banks of the Seine in Paris - the Rive Gauche and Rive Droit - were added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in Europe.
Favorite thing: Pont Neuf : is the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris. The bridge was completed under the reign of Henry IV, who inaugurated it in 1607.
Pont des Arts: links the Institut de France and the central square of the palais du Louvre.
Fondest memory: Paris has 37 bridges across the Seine, of which 3 are pedestrian only and 2 are rail bridges...
The Fontaine du Cirque
Favorite thing: Paris has more than 350 fountains. Most of them were built to provide clean drinking water to people, now they are decorative features in the city's squares and parks.
The Fontaine du Palmier (1806-1808) was designed to commemorate the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte. At the top of the column is a statue of Victory made of gilded bronze, carrying the laurels of victory. In 1858 the base was decorated with statues of Egyptian sphinxes spouting streams of water.
Fontaines de Trocadéro - fountains of the Palais de Chaillot built for the 1937 Paris exposition.
Fondest memory: The Fontaine du Cirque - four children on the fountain represent the four seasons.
The north fountain
Favorite thing: The two fountains in the Place de la Concorde symbolize the fountains in Paris.
The north fountain was devoted to the Rivers.
The south fountain, closer to the Seine, represented the seas.
Fondest memory: The fountains were built during the time of Louis-Philippe (1773-1850).
Notre Dame de Paris
Favorite thing: The Île de la Citéis natural island in the Seine.
Three medieval buildings remain on the Île de la Cité:
The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, built from 1163 ;
Louis IX's Sainte-Chapelle (1245);
The Conciergerie prison, well known as a place where Marie Antoinette awaited execution in 1793.
Fondest memory: This island is absolutely charming and must see in Paris
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris
Favorite thing: The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was built between 1806 and 1808 by Napoleon I.
This Arc is located in the Place du Carrousel on the site of the former Tuileries Palace (near by Louvre).
The Arc is richly decorated in rose marble on the columns and the front paneling.
It is composed of threes arches, a big one and two smaller ones. The arc is 63 feet high, 75 feet wide, and 24 feet deep.
Fondest memory: The bronze horses on top of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel were taken from Saint-Marc of Venice. These were later returned after World War II.
Favorite thing: A historical lampposts are just charming.
Paris is often called the "City of Light" because there are so many lights.
Back in 1820 Paris adopted gas street lighting .
Fondest memory: In 1828, Paris began lighting the Champs De Elysées with gas lamps. It was one of the the first cities in Europe to do so, and so earned the nickname "La Ville-Lumière" or The City of Light.
The Mansard style in Paris
Favorite thing: A mansard or mansard roof (also called a French roof) is a four-sided gambrel-style hip roof made to create additional habitable space.
The style was named after architect Francois Mansart (1598–1666), who use this style a lot in his designs.
It became particularly characteristic of French Renaissance architecture .
Nowadays traditional mansard roofs are all over Paris.
Fondest memory: "In the French language, mansarde can be a term for the style of roof, or for the garret living space, or attic, directly within it...
A Parisian law had been in place since 1783, restricting the heights of buildings to 20 meters (65 feet). The height was only measured up to the cornice line, making any living space contained in a mansard roof exempt."
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