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Paris

Arc de Triomphe. The massive arch stands in majestic isolation in the centre of the square.  Ordered by Napoleon as  a memorial to the Grand Army. Begun the construction by Chalgrin in 1806 and completed in 1836.  It has a single archway, 45 metres high and 45 metres wide.

 

Paris is the capital of France and the country’s largest city. It is situated on the River Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris within its administrative limits which largely unchanged since 1860 has an estimated population of 2,167,994. The Paris aire urbaine (or metropolitan area) has a population of nearly 12 million, and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.

 

Paris in the morning of summer season.  Beautiful architecture of Hotel Splandid Etoile 

 

Another beautiful architecture of Hotel Mac Mahon near Arch of Triumph 

 

Les Invalides.  Ordered to built by Loius XIV, was designed as a refugee for old and invalid soldiers, who were then often forced to beg for a living 

 

View of Paris and the Eiffel Tower in the background

 

tel des Invalides. In the garden in front of the hôtel, bronze cannon of the 17th and 18th century were lined up, eighteen pieces belonging to the ‘triumphal battery’ which was fired only on important occasions. The Hôtel des Invalides today hosts important museums:The Musée de l’Armee, the Musée d’Histoire Contemporaine and the Musée des Plans-Reliefs . 

 

An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.

 

Grand Palais and the sculpture at the end of Pont Alexandre III 

 

This is at the end of Avenue Winston Churchill.  Pont Alexandre III consists of s single metal span, 107 metres long and 40 metres wide, linking the Esplanade and the Champ-Élysées. 

 

Seine River

 

Place de la Concorde. Laid out by Jacques-Ange Gabriel between 1757 and 1779, the square was originally dedicated to Louis XV, of whom there was an equestrian statuein the centre.  Now in the centre stands the Egyptian obelisk from the temple of Luxor, given in 1831 by Mohammed Ali to Louis-Philippe and erected in 1836.  It is 23 metres high and is adorned with hieroglyphics which illustrate the deeds of the pharaoh Ramses II. 

 

Another heritage building in Paris 

 

Is this building beautiful and its facade full with aesthetic value?

 

Another heritage building in part of historic Paris city 

 

Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year. There are numerous iconic landmarks among its many attractions, along with world-famous institutions and popular parks.  Three of the most famous Parisian landmarks are the twelfth century cathedral Notre Dame de Paris on the Île de la Cité, the nineteenth century Eiffel Tower, and the Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe. Two of Paris’ oldest and famous gardens are the Tuileries Garden, created from the 16th century for a palace on the banks of the Seine near the Louvre, and the Left bank Luxembourg Garden, another formerly private garden belonging to a château built for the Marie de’ Medici in 1612.  

 

Seine River and boat cruising along the river. The Conciergerie, at the background.  Today its occuppies the north wing of the Palais de Justice. On the right Tour d’Argent, where the Crown Jewels were kept.  Behind its visible tower of the Palais de Justice

 

Is this building look amazing to you?  No wonder many tourist flock to Paris to appreciate its architecture

 

Musée d’Orsay, the most beautiful museum in Europe.  Nowadays more than 4,000 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and furniture, are exhibited in over 45,000 square metres 

 

 La Madeleine was built by order of Napoleon in honour of the Grand Army

 

“Modern” Paris is the result of a vast mid-19th century urban remodelling. For centuries the city had been a labyrinth of narrow streets and half-timber houses, but beginning in 1852, the Baron Haussmann’s vast urbanisation levelled entire quarters to make way for wide avenues lined with neo-classical stone buildings of bourgeoise standing; most of this ‘new’ Paris is the Paris we see today. These Second Empire plans are in many cases still applied today, as the city of Paris is still imposing the then-defined “alignement” law (building facades placed according to a pre-defined street width) on many new constructions. A building’s height was also defined according to the width of the street it lines, and Paris’ building code has seen few changes since the mid-19th century to allow for higher constructions. It is for this reason that Paris is mainly a “flat” city

 

Building of Academie Nationale de Musique

 

La Grand Hotel 

 

The cathedral of Notre-Dame. Construction was begun in 1163 and completed in 1345. It façade divided into three parts by pilasters and horizontaly into three areas by its two galleries; in the lowest zone are the three portals. Above the portals runs the Gallery of the Kings, with its 28 statues reperesnting the kings of Israel and Judea 

 

 The three portals of Notre-Dame

Street vendor selling art and craft’s items

 

Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, view from Terminal 2C at 1.49pm during summer

 

 This photograph was taken at 2.17pm shows an aeroplane take-off at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris.  Soon at 4.30pm I departed to BKO with Air France

Windscreen must be cleaned.  Vision clear

 

mamadou

4 responses to “Paris

  1. mamadou September 19, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Assalamu’alaikum Uncle Awang

    Yeap “An Evening in Paris” is nostalagic hindi song……..so evergreen.

    Selamat berpuasa to you too

  2. uncleawang September 17, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Salam,
    “Evening in Paris” lagu hindi…tak sampai Paris dengar lagu pun cukup..hehehe…
    Selamat berpuasa dan bertugas di Paris.

  3. mamadou September 15, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Assalamu’alaikum Mohamad

    Ya betul tu, ada pergi Paris. Ada sikit kerja…………..Bila nak berangkat ke Qatar? Semoga anada mencapai apa yang anda inginkan di Qatar nanti. Ameen

  4. Mohamad September 14, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    hai kau kat paris ka? wat ape lak kat sana? Hai seronok nya terkenang masa aku kat sana dulu…

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