Paris Je T’aime – Part II

Paris is impossible to see in four days and even the small bits I saw are nearly impossible to show in two blog posts. I’ll do my best to let my camera do the talking…

LA DÉFENSE

From the 8th floor room, all of Paris was rolled out for us to see. Our hotel was situated at the edge of the Seine in the modern La Defence neighbourhood. The tall office towers and modern buildings contrast the romantic and soft architecture Paris is famous for.

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BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE

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CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU

Of all the architectural wonders of Paris, The Centre Georges Pompidou was at the top of my list. The massive steel structure and labarinthine tubes and ducts make this building feel more like an alien machine that landed Paris. And the building’s brutal beauty was made even more striking with the hundreds of birds circling around us.

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Père Lachaise

On my next trip to Paris, I plan to stay much longer at this amazing cemetery. So many great authors, poets, musicians, thinkers, and people are resting here. The meandering paths took us past generations of people who have come and gone…

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Jim Morrison’s grave was guarded by a loyal fan
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Luzon Garrigues, who’s life was stolen in the Bataclan terrorist attack.

Around Paris…

To finish the post, here are a few pictures I took across the city…

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Me, looking over the Seine in a cold wind

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Joan of Arc holds her flag by the Louvre. I’m lucky to have grown up next to one of these statues in Portland.

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Jorge photographs the other side
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I drank my first espresso in Paris… but it wasn’t my last.

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Parisian parking job

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I was here.
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Back to London we go…

 

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