Europe Trip – Paris Day 2

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The Arc de Triomphe is the second most
famous landmark in Paris. / Google Photos

After a nice breakfast in Daniele home, we started our sightseeing in the Paris city. Basically, Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (districts). There is always a metro (underground) station within 500m, roaming around the city is very convenience.

The first place for today is the Arc de Triomphe. It was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon to commemorate his imperial victories but remained unfinished when he start losing battles and then the entire wars. It was finally completed in the 1830s.

The Arc de Triomphe can be easily and safely reached by tunnel from the north side of the Champs Elysées. The next interesting place that should not missed is Champs Elysées.

New photo by han neng / Google Photos

The 2-km long evenue of Champs Elysées links Place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe. Once popular with the aristocracy as a stage on which to parade their wealth, it has, in recent years, been partly taken over by fast food restaurants and overpriced cafes. The famoust LV shop, Mercedes-Benz showroom, Virgin Megastore, etc.. can be found here.

The nicest place is the part with Petit Palais and the Grand Palais between Place de la Concorde and Rond Point des Champs Elysées. The Grand Palais was built for the 1900 World’s Fair and now used for temporary exhibitions.

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back ground / Google Photos

Place de la Concorde. The vast cobbled square, set between the Jardin des Tuileries and eastern end of the Champs Elysées, was laid out between 1755 and 1775. Louis XVI was quillotined here in 1973. The 3300 years old Egyptian obelisk in the middle of the square was given to France in 1892 by the ruler of Egypt, Mohammed Ali.

Place de la Concorde. The vast cobbled square, set between the Jardin des Tuileries and eastern end of the Champs Elysées, was laid out between 1755 and 1775. Louis XVI was quillotined here in 1973. The 3300 years old Egyptian obelisk in the middle of the square was given to France in 1892 by the ruler of Egypt, Mohammed Ali.

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at the back is the Egyptian
obelisk. / Google Photos
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In the middle of
Place de la Concorde square. / Google Photos



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Assemlee Nationale Palais-Bourbon / Google Photos

Walk pass the Assemlee Nationale Palais-Bourbon, we were in Pont Alexandre III bridge. Not far down the road, we’ve reached the Hotel des Invalides. It was built in the 1670s by Louis XIV to provide housing for 4000 disabled veterans (invalides).

The huge Musee de l’Armee (military museum) just located beside Hotel des Invalides. The museum are open daily. There are old weapons and ammunition for display. At the side of Hotel des Invalides, The Eglise du Dome (or Dome des Invalides) was built between 1677 and 1735 and is considered one of the finest religious edifices erected under Louis XIV. The church was initially a mausoleum for military leaders in 1800, and in 1861 received the remains of Napoleon, encased in six concentric coffins.

After some walking, we were in the Eiffel Tower. It was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), held to commemorate the Revolution. The Eiffel Tower is 318m high and weight as 7000 tonnes of steel. Unfortunately, we couldn’t climb up the tower because there was a very long queue of visitors!

At late evening, we headed to the 13th arrondissement (district) for the Paris Chinatown area. There are many Chinese restaurants and Chinese provision shops in the area. But the price for Chinese food is expensive. A packet of Maggi instance noddle is far expensive than western pasta. From my observation, the Chinese people are mainly from Vietnam, China, Hong Kong and some of Asian countries.

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Dome des Invalides. / Google Photos
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Eiffel Tower. / Google Photos

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