Exploring Paris

I’ve been trying to finish documenting our Europe travels which happened 3 months back now but I have been very busy with work and preoccupied with family and social functions lately, so I just have to do it whenever I have the time. Hopefully I could be able to finish writing everything within this month.

So going back to our recent travel to Paris last 27th of August, I have summarized the important places we’ve been to and some of the great photos that we had.

1. Musee du Louvre. It is home to finest art galleries, undoubtedly the most famous and most visited art gallery in the world. Louvre used to be the residence of the kings until the peasants’ uprisings, royal residence by then had been shifted to Versailles, an even nicer place.

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The Louvre Palace

The Louvre Palace

Sculptures inside Louvre Museum

Sculptures inside Louvre Museum

friendly French Police Officers we've encountered outside Louvre

friendly French Police Officers we’ve encountered outside Louvre

2. Musee d’Orsay. Located at 6th Arrondissement, at the Seine River banks, not far from Pont des Arts. It has a wide painting collections of famous painters such as Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and others. I love Van Gogh. We’ve also visited his house in Amsterdam, his works are spectacular. Beautiful beyond words.

Orsay Museum

Orsay Museum

3. L’Hotel National des Invalides (National Residence of the Invalids), now le Musee de l’Armee (Army Museum). It was orginally built as a hospital and home for disabled soldiers and retired war veterans. It is now a museum of French Military and burial site for the war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte.

Entrance to the Army Museum

Entrance to the Army Museum (photo on the 1st upperleft is a Chapel)

There was a ceremony going on inside the Army Museum

There was a ceremony going on inside the Army Museum

Photos taken at the Gardens of Army Museum

Photos taken at the Gardens of Army Museum

4. Arc de Triomphe. This impressive structure was built to evoke the military power and triumph, and most importantly to honor Emperor Napoleon’s great army.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

5. Notre-Dame Cathedral. This Gothic Cathedral is one of the most recognized churches in the world. It had became even more reknowned due to Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

notre dame

6. Opera Garnier.

opera

7. Galeries Lafayette. It is a French Department Store known for its artistic, dazzling and extravagant interior ornaments, particularly the Art Noveau stained glass decorated dome.

galeries la fayette

8. Sienne River. One of the most popular things to do while in Paris is to cruise along the majestic Seinne River. It is one way of discovering the spectacular views of the magnificent city of Paris.

Sienne River Cruise

Sienne River Cruise

9. Place Saint-Michel. This typical Parisian plaza has been known where the monumental fountain of Saint Michael, the Archangel was built.

The "Golden Showman" on the left and the monument of St. Michel on the right

The “Golden Showman” on the left and the monumental fountain of St. Michel on the right

10. Sorbonne University.

panoramic photo of the Sorbonne University

panoramic photo of the Sorbonne University

Accross the Sorbonne University is a statue of Michel de Montaigne, a great French essayist who invented the essay, form of writing literature. That’s the photo on the left. It is also said that rubbing his foot brings good luck, and that explains why his right foot is shiny. Photo on the right is Auguste Comte is a French positivist thinker who invented the term sociology.

Montaigne on the left and Comte on the right

Montaigne on the left and Comte on the right

11. Musee National du Moyen-Age Thermes de Cluny. This museum of the middle ages was formerly the home of the Abbot of Cluny. It is now a home to important medieval artifacts.

cluny

12. Pont Des Arts. It is a pedestrian bridge known for the lovers’ locks.

Lovers' Locks on Pont Des Arts

Lovers’ Locks on Pont Des Arts

Thomas Jefferson's statue on Pont de Arts

Thomas Jefferson’s statue on Pont de Arts

13. Artillerie

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14. The Pantheon. This was originally a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, and now converted to a mausoleum for the internment of great French heroes.

Pantheon Main Entrance

Pantheon Main Entrance

15. Jardin du Luxembourg

the beautiful garden

the beautiful garden

16. Hotel De Ville. This serves as a housing for the city’s local government.

hotel de ville

17. Eiffel Tower. Well as I alway say, no trip to Paris is ever complete without visiting this beautiful, iconic tower.

 

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Check out for my other entries below:

Ready To Get Lost in Paris

Celebrating Our 5th Year at the City of Love

Jardin du Luxembourg

The Pantheon

Where We Stayed in Paris: Yllen Eiffel Hotel

The Enchanting Iron Lady

A Taste of Italy in Paris

Happiness

 

 

 

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