Feb 26, 2010

Paris is an artistic city. In june 2006, the Museé du Quai Branly was opened. The museum is intended to present a resolutely modern view. Located at 37, Quai Branly, 7 th arrondissement, is amuseum of arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and the Americas. The museum is located near the Eiffel Tower on the left bank of the Seine. Unfortunately, there’s a sign no photography inside the museum.

Station on Paris metro: Iéna, Alma-Marceau, Pont de l’Alma, Bir Hakeim

Feb 23, 2010

Located at Esplanade des Invalides, 7 th arrondissement, directly I could see the Invalides. It near the beautiful Pont Alexandre III. It’s very famous because there’s the body of Napoléon in 1840, rest in the crypt under de dome. Founded in 1670, and the construction of the dome began in 1706. Designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and completed by de Cotte after Mansart died in 1708. Now, the Invalides comprises the largest collection including museé de l’Armeé, museédes Plans-Reliefs , musée de l'Ordre de la Libération and l'Eglise de St-Louis-des-Invalides.

Station on Paris metro: Varenne

Feb 19, 2010

Looking around, I found many beautiful and artistic building in Paris, including École Militaire. It houses various military training facilities. Located at 36, Avenue La Motte Picquet, 7 th arrondissement. Designed by Anges Jacques Gabriel and built in 1752. It hosts now the joint defense college and Institute of High Studies of National Defense.

Station on Paris metro: École Militaire

Feb 17, 2010

Five minutes walking across the river from the Jardin Tuilleries, there’s Musee d'Orsay. Located at 1, rue de la Legion d’Honneur, 7 th arrondissement. It houses the largest collection of painting, sculpture, and decorative objects between 1848-1914. The permanent collection spans from neoclassicism and romanticism to impressionism, expressionism, and art nouveau design such as Ingres, Delacroix, Monet, Degas, Manet, Gaugin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh.

Station on Paris metro: Solferino

Feb 14, 2010

Parc du Champs de Mars, 24.5 hectares, the one of the largest parks in Paris. Spreads from theSeine river to the Ecole Militaire, the foremost military academy in France. Located in 7 th arrondissement, there’s no gates surrounding it. The Eiffel Tower standing on the river side of the park.

It used for growing vineyards and vegetables in 16 th cemtury. The military used the large field for the battle training in 18 th century. The park gets its name “Mars”, the Roman god of war.

Station on Paris metro: Champs de Mars, Ecole Militaire

Feb 11, 2010

La Tour Eiffel ( Eiffel Tower) is a famous icon of France. Located on the Champ de Mars, 7 th arrondissement, Paris, is the tallest building in Paris.
Built by Gustave Eiffel, as entrance arch for the 1889 World’s Fair. He graduated from the prestigious Ecole Centrale de Paris. Before, in 1876, He constructed the Maria Pia bridge over the River Douro in Portugal, then the Garabit Viaduct in central France in 1884 and Budapest station in Hungary. He was responsible for the metal structures of the Bon Marché department store and the Crédit Lyonnais bank in Paris, the cupola of the Nice observatory, and the very amazing internal structure of the Statue of Liberty. The construction of the Eiffel Tower in1889 was his highest achievement.

The Eiffel Tower has three levels for visitors. The tower stands at 324 m (1,063 ft) tall,and the number of elevators from the ground to the second floor are 5 (one in the East pillar, one in the West pillar, one in the North pillar, one private elevator in the South pillar for the Jules Verne restaurant and one goods elevator in the South pillar) and from the second floor to the top are two sets of two duolifts with the speed 2 meters / second. The capacity of the elevators is incroyable, the north pillar: 920 persons/hour, the east pillar: 650 persons/hour, the west pillar: 650 persons/hour, the duolifts: 1,140 persons/hour, the private elevator to Jules Verne only 10 persons/ascent. Goods elevator in the South pillar: 30 persons or 4 tons/ascent. On the first level, there’s Altitude 95, a traditional french cuisine restaurant. Located 95 meters above sea level, hence the name.

Up to the third level, I enjoying the panorama of Paris, the most beautiful city in the world.

What an extraordinary city in the world !

Station on Paris metro: Bir Hakeim, Trocadero, Ecole Militaire

Feb 10, 2010

Valentine’s day in Paris was very romantic. All around us, the building, monument, parks, gardens are very poetic and romantic. Thank’s to God we were in Paris in the valentine’s day. My husband and I went to the beautiful, extraordinary tower. Yes, that’s the Eiffel Tower.

Access by private elevator, we went to Le Jules Verne. Having dinner in Le Jules Verne, on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, was wonderful. My husband reserved one month in advance. A traditional gastronomic French kitchen by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse. The views of the city are extraordinary from Le Jules Vernes. The food were delicious. Sleek contemporary decor with impressions of the tower's metal latticework.

We’ll always go to Eiffel Tower again and again.

Feb 3, 2010

Come and try the Hotel Lutetia, located at 45, boulevard Raspail, 6 th arrondissement. Even you don’t want to stay, try to look the interior of this hotel. The sculpted Art Deco facade and welcoming statue of Gustave Eiffel, along with pictures of artists that once lived in the hotel, made me satisfy to enter this hotel. A meeting place for artists, writers and politicians, Hotel Lutetia's lobby has displayed works of art by renowned contemporary artists Arman, César, Philippe Hiquily, Perrin and Thierry Bisch. Surrounded by Art Deco architecture, period furniture, crystal chandeliers and the sounds of jazz music flew from the Lutetia Bar.

Station on Paris's metro: sévres-babylone

I was at the Cour du Commerce St-André, 6 th arrondissement. People said there’s an oldest cafe in that cour and I should try it. Located at 13, rue Ancienne Comédie, 6 th arrondissement, Le Procope founded in 1686 by Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli. The café and the food was delicious such as salads, foie gras, seafood and oeufs durs mayonnaise.

Station on Paris metro: Odéon

Feb 2, 2010

Saint Germain des Prés is an upscale neighborhoods in Paris and artistic area. Situated along the Seine River, there are some prestigious museums, art dealers, small galleries. The main streets around St-Germain-des-Prés are Boulevard St-Germain, Rue de Seine, Rue de Rennes, Rue Bonaparte.

Shopping from Louis Vuitton to Swarovsky boutique, it’s an enchanting shopping in this area. Existentialist thinking, avant-garde theater, painting, jazz, Picasso, Sartre, De Beauvoir, Beckett are some of the famous names associated with the area.