Sunday, April 29, 2012

a visual treat.

Adventure 1: (Friday)
Our very first "walk" for class-Layers of Paris-discovering the very roots that made Paris what it is today

l'Hôtel de Ville
City of Paris administration
Mayor's office
Large reception halls


Creed of the French Revolution: (Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité-Libery, Equality, and Brotherhood)


Love Locks Bridge
This is where people who have a loved one leave a lock behind to symbolize that their love will last forever :)

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Deportation
Memorial for those from France who died in Nazi Concentration camps.
So very, very sad. 

"They descended into the mouth of the earth and they did not return."



Notre Dame de Paris
The most famous Gothic Cathedral ever
Check out those flying buttresses ;)




Scenes from Christ's life

Ornate golden gate

I could not get enough of stained glass

Before people could read, they created bible stories like this so people could learn and understand

Crypte du Parvis
Archaeological museum of Gallo-Roman foundations

Conciergerie
Royal palace and prison
Holding place for prisoners before being sent to the Gullotine
Comprehensive list of names of gullotine victims (not pictured)
Marie Antoinette memorial

Women's courtyard

Saint-Chapelle
Only surviving chapel of its' time
Dedicated April 26, 1248 (THAT'S OLD!)
Downstairs



Breathtaking

Palais du Justice
Part of the Conciergerie
Still used for court hearings today-judges today still have to wear robes and wigs when they do hearings!

There's that French Revolution saying again :)

Massive
Adventure 2: (Saturday)

Walk to the Metro

Croissy-sur-Seine (suburb of Paris)

Charles de Gaulle statue
World War II Hero

Champs Elysées
French for Elysian fields (place of "blessed dead" in Greek mythology)
Among the most expensive strips of shopping and real-estate in the world

Open Air Stamp Market
They happen.

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Ritzy Stores



Palais de l'Elysees
Where the President, Nicolas Sarkozy lives
French version of the White House

There's Sarkozy's front door!

U.S. Embassy

Place de la Concorde
Largest major public square in the French Capital
East end of the Champs-Elysées
Egyptian obelisk

Wedding!

That huge scary famous roundabout/death trap

Group photo

street bubble blower

crêpe break!
Musée l'Orangerie
Monét, Gaugin, Renoir, Rodin, Claudel, Cezanne, Matisse, etc. etc.
aka my dream come true
"The Waltz" by Camille Claudel-favorite sculpture ever.  Found it.  Saw it.  Got teary.

"The Kiss" by Rodin-Claudel's mentor. Beautiful.

Tuileries gardens
Created by Catherine de Medicis
former garden of Tuileries palace in 1564
Dedicated as a public park (between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde) after the French Revolution

outside the Orangerie

And this is where I got a raindrop on my lens

l'Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
honors casualties of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars
(not the huge one, the smaller one by the Louvre)


Front of the Louvre
What I've been waiting to see since I read the Da Vinci Code four years ago



More adventures to come :)
(all original photos)
All my love, B.


3 comments:

Sara said...

These are all such gorgeous pictures! Paris looks amazing! xo

Brie said...

I'm so jealous! Paris looks absolutely beautiful.

Brittany Campbell said...

Oh my, you have photos of everything in this city! beautiful! I just found your blog through Elisabeth and its so funny - my name is Brittany and I am living in Paris too! Too bad we didn't know when you were here!! :( Hope you had a great time here!