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Four Days in Paris

A photographic record of my visit to Paris in September 2000

Photography by John Ball except where otherwise indicated.

Day 1 (Saturday Sep 23rd)

I caught the 0745 British Airways flight BA7801 from Cardiff (Wales) airport to Paris (Charles de Gaulle). The flight took just over 1 hour, arriving at 10am local time. After passing through customs, I travelled by RER (commuter train) to the Gare du Nord, and walked from there to Hotel Opera LaFayette on Rue La Fayette. I checked into room 25 (second floor) at about 12 noon.


Balcony view Hotel Opera Lafayette
Rue La Fayette from hotel 2nd floor balcony. Hotel Opera LaFayette, with room 25 identified.
(Photograph from hotel website)
Below: Opposite the hotel is Square Monthalon.
Monthalon

After unpacking, I walked from the hotel via Rue Poissonière to the Seine near the Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum), obtaining a first glimpse of the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower).


Rue Poissonière
Above: Rue Poissonière.
The banner is advertising a street market in nearby Rue Saint-Denis.

Le Havane
Photography by Angela Carter
Above: Le Havane on Rue Montorgueil, one of the many cafés and restaurants in the area.

Pont Neuf
Photography by Angela Carter
Above: I've reached the River Seine at last; behind me is Pont Neuf.

Seine view
Above: Looking upstream from Pont Neuf. The next bridge is the Pont des Arts, with the Louvre behind the trees on the right, and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

I walked along the Quai du Louvre, and then explored the Cour Napoléon (Napoléon Court) of the Louvre, including the Pyramide and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (see below).


Pyramide
Above: The Pyramide with the Louvre behind.

The glass Pyramide forms a roof over the main entrance to the Louvre. It was designed by Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei and opened amongst much controversy in 1989. It is 70ft high and 108ft across its base. It comprises 666 reflecting glass panels, each 4ft wide, held by a network of tubes and cables.


Jardin du Louvre
Above: Looking towards l'Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Above: L'Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
The arch was built in 1806-08 to celebrate Napoléon's victory at Austerlitz in 1805.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (detail)

Above: These statues crowning the Arch were added in 1828 in celebration of the restoration of the Bourbons. They replaced an original group of equine statues which Napoléon looted from St Mark's in Venice and was forced to return in 1815, after the Battle of Waterloo.


I then continued heading westwards through the Jardin de Tuilieries to the Place de la Concorde (see below).


Jardin des Tuileries
Above: Jardin des Tuileries, looking west towards the Ferris wheel.

Once the gardens of the old Palais des Tuileries, they were originally laid out by André Le Nôtre, royal gardener to Louis XIV in the 17th century. The palace itself was destroyed by a revolutionary mob in 1871.


Ferris wheel Obelisk
Ferris wheel in the Jardin des Tuileries. The Luxor Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde.

The Place de la Concorde was built in the mid-18th century to display a statue of King Louis XV. During the French Revolution of 1789, the statue was replaced by a guillotine which in 2½ years is said to have claimed the lives of 1,119 victims including Louis XVI, Marie-Antionette, and the revolutionary leaders Danton and Robespierre. The grandeur of the square was enhanced in the 19th century by the 3,200-year-old Obelisk brought from Luxor in Egypt.


From the Place de la Concorde, I resisted the temptation to walk down the Avenue des Champs Élysées and instead returned to the bank of the Seine, following the Cours de la Reine and Cours Albert to the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Museum of Modern Art).


Museum of Modern Art
Above: Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Houseboats
Above: Houseboats on the Seine, alongside the Cours de la Reine.

Eiffel Tower
Photography by Angela Carter
Eiffel Tower

Above and left: Across the Seine, the Eiffel Tower was getting ever closer, so I decided the tower would be my next target. I headed along the Avenue de New York to cross the Seine at the Pont d'Iéna.


Click here to accompany me on my trip up the Eiffel Tower.


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