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  The garden courtyard at the old Polytechnique
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  • The garden courtyard at the old Polytechnique - Paris
      The garden courtyard at the old Polytechnique
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  • Ecole Polytechnique -- the history *5e - Paris
 

Ecole Polytechnique is one of the "Grandes Ecoles" much sought-after by French students. [see my local custom tip for more information] The Polytechnique was connected to the miltary for a long time and you can still see some of the old uniforms around.
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The historic building at the foot of rue Descartes is no longer used by the university, which has moved to a large suburban campus [see website below], but includes offices of the Education Ministry. I gained access to the garden and its views through a good friend who works there now and who, ironically, missed the cut-off for admission into the Polytechnique by just one point! Of such stuff are careers changed in France.
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In both pictures you can see the spire of St. Etienne du Mont and the round dome of the Pantheon. Not a bad atmosphere in which to work.
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Website: http://www.polytechnique.edu/

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  • Written Mar 27, 2006
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