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Paris After Dark for the coming week has lots of new names, so let’s give them a warm welcome!
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All of these views of Paris are wonderful! The different gardens, hotels, and special places for all the various jackals are splendid, as are the multiple perspectives on the great tourist attractions of that grand city. I can’t get over the skies in Paris; they are something special. And now, let’s get back to Auntie Anne!
I’m sharing more of my photos from Paris for Paris Week.
We stayed at a hotel in the Opera district, very near to the Galeries Lafayette. While you’ve already seen my photo from the rooftop deck, the store is also known for its Neo-Byzantine dome, which dates to 1912. I took the picture looking up from one of the interior balconies.
Also right down the street from our hotel on the Boulevard Haussmann was the home of Le Figaro, which is the oldest national daily newspaper in France.
On our first morning in Paris, we went to the Palais de la Cite, which was the main palace of the medieval French kings. During the reign of Louis IX, the Sainte-Chappelle was added to house the crown of thorns that was brought back from the Crusades and to serve as a royal chapel.
I took this picture from outside of Notre Dame. I just love the look of it.
One of the best things we did was to go see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. We took the metro down to Place de Trocadero, where a wide esplanade between the two wings of the Palais de Chaillot gives you a perfect view.
And this is a video of the Eiffel Tower lighting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA1LAzlisAM
It’s amazing that the dome from the Galleries Lafayette made it through two world wars. Paris was very fortunate that a) the Allies didn’t bomb it and b) the German in charged sabotaged Hitler’s orders to destroy it. If I have my history right.
Love the dome at the Galeries Lafayette. Thank you for posting!
Sainte-Chappelle is beautiful, and no photo can really capture it. Just breathtaking to be inside it.
Sainte-Chappelle is beautiful, and no photo can really capture it. Just breathtaking to be inside it. Thank you for all these lovely photos from France.
@frosty: You have your history mostly right. Paris was bombed, and the church of Saint Gervais and Saint Proteus suffered damage. The book “Is Paris Burning” describes the last days before the liberation. The city, no I mean the world, was fortunate that the commandant did not act immediately.
Chadwick Boseman died:
OT, but breaking: Chadwick Boseman has died of cancer.
No, I didn’t know he had cancer either. Almost no one did.
I was stunned to see the news about Chadwick. It hits differently to read something like this when the person is around your age. Such a loss, he was so talented.
@Dadadadadadada: Just heartbreaking. So much talent; such a decent human being. Way too young.
One thing that periodically surprises me about Paris is how you can see the Eiffel Tower from all sorts of places. Paris actually is a pretty low-rise city, and it slopes up to the north, so there are lots of places where you can see it.
The stained glass windows in the Sainte-Cappelle are fantastic.
(Anything “After Dark” on Balloon Juice confuses me for a moment: after dark over there is daylight over here, 12 time zones away.)
Comrade Colette Collaboratrice
@randy khan: I can’t even about Chadwick Boseman, so I’m going to concentrate on the light:
When M. Colette and I moved to Paris as newlyweds, we promised each other the first time we saw the Eiffel Tower that we would kiss every time we saw it. Having never been to Paris before we moved there, we had no idea how visible it was from so many locations. We were occasionally embarrassed at inconvenient moments when we had to keep that vow in front of parents, friends, and coworkers, but four years and thousands of kisses later, we had no regrets.
Late to the thread — this was my first week of school after an absence of many decades and I crawled into bed with a pile of magazines at nine o’clock. Love the pictures from Sainte-Chapelle. One of my happiest memories from Paris is hearing a concert there. It was June, so it was light until 10 o’clock, and sitting under those magnificent windows listening to Bach violin sonatas was just magical.
That’s why travel is worth it, even in these dark days when I often wonder if I’ll ever have the nerve to leave home again.
Some day, Paris!
Until then, thank you for these photos!
@Comrade Colette Collaboratrice: What an absolutely lovely story! And a lovely way to live your life.