Paris - Ile De France Section

Porte Saint-Denis

Porte Saint-Denis, a triumphal arch for Louis XIV

Porte Saint-Denis, a triumphal arch that Louis XIV commissioned in 1672 to commemorate his military victories on the Rhine and in Franche-Comté

Sous le Chapeau - sculpture in front Hungarian Institute

Sous le Chapeau – Sculpture – Hungarian Institute Balassi

Sous le Chapeau, a sculpture of a young woman with a large hat, a summer dress and barefoot, sat in front of the entrance to the Hungarian Institute Balassi

Atlantes Engaines - sculptures

Atlantes Engainés, sculpted façade – 45 Rue Saint-Roch

Atlantes Engainés is the name of the lavish sculptures that adorn the porch of 45 rue Saint-Roch, the head office of the French cooks’ benefit society

Le Grand Assistant

Le Grand Assistant – Pompidou Centre

Le Grand Assistant by the German artist Max Ernst is a sculpture representing a humanoid with his arms outstretched and located by the Centre Pompidou

Le Marais in Paris

Marais – Paris Historic Rive Droite

The Marais is an historic enclave of the Right Bank which has been listed as a protected area since the promulgation of the Malraux Act in 1962

Esplanade des Olympiades

Esplanade des Olympiades – Chinatown

The Olympiades district was developed in Paris Chinatown in the 13th district and is centered on the Esplanade des Olympiades and La Pagode shopping mall

La Defense - Paris

La Défense – Paris Business District

Paris La Défense, the largest purposely built business district in Europe was named after a statue commemorating the heroic defence of Paris in 1870-71

La Danse sculpture by Carpeaux - Opera de Paris

La Danse sculpture – Facade Opera Garnier

La Danse by Carpeaux, one of the sculptures adorning the Opéra Garnier facade, was considered indecent in the 19th century as it represents naked dancers

Pont des Arts and Louvre

Pont des Arts – metal footbridge – Paris

The current Pont des Arts was open in 1984 and is a faithful replica of the original early 19th century footbridge which was the 1st metal bridge in Paris

Les Arcades des Champs-Elysees entrance

Les Arcades des Champs-Elysées – Lido

Les Arcades des Champs-Elysées, a luxury indoor shopping gallery at nos76-78, is also known as Arcades du Lido, as it used to access the cabaret

Orchids nursery near Paris

Orchids nursery 20km south-east of Paris

A visit off the beaten track, 20km east of Paris, to a family of horticulturists who have grown and selected hundreds of orchids varieties for 127 years

Fleur de Lys - yellow iris

Fleur de Lys – French monarchy’s emblem

The Fleur de Lys, the official emblem of the kings of France from 1150 to 1830, is not a lily but a yellow iris represented in a stylized form

Town-hall of Auvers-sur-Oise by Van Gogh

August 8 2020

Auvers-sur-Oise, Van Gogh’s last place of residence

The small town of Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris, was once a quiet village where Van Gogh spent the last 70 days of his life and painted 78 canvases
Chateau de Raray, a superb illustration of French Classical

August 1 2020

Chateau de Raray, the setting for Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast movie

The elegant Classical Chateau de Raray, north of Paris, served as setting for the filming of Cocteau's movie Beauty and the Beast
Saint-Blaise-des-Simples Chapel in Milly la Foret

July 23 2020

Saint-Blaise-des-Simples Chapel, Jean Cocteau’s burial-place

The poet Jean Cocteau is buried in Saint-Blaise-des-Simples Chapel in Milly-la-Forêt, a chapel he decorated during the restoration work of 1959
Richelieu mausoleum in front of high altar in Sorbonne Chapel

June 5 2020

Sorbonne Chapel and Cardinal de Richelieu tomb

Sorbonne chapel, the college’s private chapel, is a masterpiece of French classical architecture that houses Cardinal Richelieu’s mausoleum
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