Monday, 11 July 2011

the Claudia Journey Part2: Paris

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The City of Love.
Paris is that magnificent place that lives up to so many of it's own clichés. Romantic, sophistictaed, bohemian, glamorous, artistic, seductive, and Paris is generous enough to satisfy them all. In a city of so many amazing monuments, it’s almost a surprise to discover that a real, everyday Paris actually exists. Because for all the instantly recognisable icons like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame; you’ll also find that Paris is an exciting, brash, secretive and sometimes contradictory, vibrant, lived-in city. It’s a place you don’t just come to visit but to experience.

Now even though Paris is on my "List of Places i Want to go Before i Die" i cant lie to you and say i havent gone there already lol. I have been to Paris BUT i was WAY to young to even remember most of it, I do however remember being at the top of the Eiffle Tower. I may of been 5 yrs old but thats something you'd never forget. At least this time when i go i'll be able to say i was in "the City of Love" with no-one else but the person i love...My wonderful Husband :)

So i guess these are the places i would love experience is Paris:

the Eiffel Tower

the Eiffel Tower(nickname La dame de fer, the iron lady), is the most widely recognized national landmark in the world. It is a 320-metre tower built of structural iron, originally constructed by engineer Gustave Eiffel (after whom the tower is named) for an international exposition in Paris in 1889. The tower was the only structure in the exposition intended for permanent display, and it survives to this day intact. It narrowly escaped demolition and conversion to scrap on several occasions in its youth, but today nobody would think of tearing down the Eiffel Tower.

the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most formal and prominent of the monuments in Paris. Built to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historic axis – a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which goes from the courtyard of the Louvre, to the Grande Arche de la Défense. The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its iconographic program pitted heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments, with triumphant patriotic messages.

the Musée du Louvre

or simply the Louvre – is one of the world's largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world, a historic monument and the central landmark of Paris. The Musée du Louvre has a gigantic collection of more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments with more than 60,600 square meters used up by the permanent collection. It contains more history of France or the world for that matter than any other museum. It houses the greatest artistic talents from the past including Leonardo da Vinci. Considered the most famous painting ever created, his Mona Lisa sits in a pose and possess that secretive knowing smile that is a must see. Almost 15,000 people visit the Louvre per day.
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This isnt in Paris BUT France has some of the most exotic beaches in the world, the most famous of these destinations are nice, Canne, and St Lopez. Its beaches are so magnificent and are the most perfect place for a romantic interlude on your trip. The night life along these area is unparalleled, whatever you imagine can happen most likely will.

the Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame de Paris (French for Our Lady of Paris), is a Gothic, Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris: It is the church that contains the cathedra (official chair) of the Archbishop of Paris. Notre dame was made famous in the book by Victor Hugo. The entire story of Notre dame revolves around a humpback which we have learned to cherish and love. It is famous for its stone architecture complete with magnificent relics of old Christianity along with gothic faces of gargoyles.


During the mid 20th century Germany ravaged the land or France. During that time many countries fought and died to get rid of the Nazis once and for all. It is one of these places where the dead are honored for their great service.
Normandy itself has seen too many wars and battles, the most famous being fought here in the early fourteen hundreds by Joan of Arc.

During the Second World War, the D Day landings on the Normandy beaches under the code name Operation Overlord, started the lengthy Battle of Normandy which resulted in the Liberation of Paris, the restoration of the French Republic, and was a significant turning point in the war.

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Musee d’Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay  is a museum in Paris, on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, an impressive Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces (the largest in the world) by such painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986.


What more can i say, there is not one person i know who wouldnt want to go! You see it in movies, TV shows, Books...its the perfect place for the perfect experience!
Il n’y a que deux endroits au monde où l’on puisse vivre heureux:  chez soi et à Paris.
(There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.)
                                           -Ernest Hemingway

Au revoir,claudz


1 comment:

  1. wow! amazing that you can remember @ only 5yrs old. :) definitely a unforgettable place to go to with that special someone!..