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Paris: les pyramides du Louvre

To enter the world’s largest museum you pass through I. M. Pei’s controversial 21m glass pyramid- a startling though effective contrast of the ultramodern against the palace’s classical lines. The large pyramid is accompanied by three small ones. Commissioned by the late president François Mitterand and completed in 1989, the …

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Paris: Centre Pompidou + Sous le ciel de Paris

When it first opened in the 1970s, the Centre Pompidou was called: “the most avant-guarde building in the world”. Some of its early critics described it as a “wart” on the face of Paris. About six million people visit it each year. Conceived by former French president Georges Pompidou and …

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Paris: les Champs-Élysées

Let’s have a short walk on one of the boulevards redesigned by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, les Champs-Élysées. First play the song and then look at the pictures:

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Paris: Arc de Triomphe et Baron Haussmann

The construction of the  Arc de Triomphe in  Paris was ordered in 1806 by Napoleon, the French Emperor. Napoleon wanted to honor the Grande Armee, the name of the French army at that time. The Grande Armée had conquered most of Europe and was then considered invicible. After his Austerlitz victory …

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Paris: la Tour Eiffel

When you are in Paris you cannot miss the Eiffel Tower. Here is my travel tip for you: If you want to see the tower during the day, take le métro to the station: Trocadéro. If you want to see it in the evening, take Ligne 8 and get off …

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Paris: Rue du Bac

On the night of July 18, 1830. Catherine, a young novice at the Daughters of Charity Convent in Paris was sleeping when a young boy, clothed in white, cried out, “Sister! Sister! Sister Catherine! Come with me to the chapel; the Blessed Virgin awaits you”. When she entered the chapel, …

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Paris: Le Bon Marché

When I was in Paris, I had to visit this store because it is part of one of my units for students in Grade 8. I thought it would be interesting to show them the store the way it is today. Opened in 1852, Le Bon Marché is considered by …

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Paris, Banks of the Seine – UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

I bought some cute postcards with old pictures from Paris. This one was taken near the river la Seine in 1951. In 1991, the Seine River, its banks and bridges were declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The following information comes from the UNESCO’s website: From the Louvre to the Eiffel …

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Notre-Dame de Paris

We are still visiting la Cité. This time we will France’s most popular monument, beating even the Eiffel Tower with 13 million visitors each year. Construction ot the cathedral began in 1163. The towers were finished around 1245 and the cathedral was finally completed around 1345. Almost two hundred years! In 1793, …

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Paris: Saint-Michel

If you only have few hours to spend in Paris, take Ligne 4 of le métro to the station Saint-Michel. In my opinion you will have the best Paris experience in such short time. You can cross the Pont Saint Michel and you will be on la Cité, the heart …

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