We left as a group but at Chatelet I headed off to La Defense. Google for extensive info. Besides being a compilation of modern & contemporary architecture, its money shot attraction is La Grande Arch.
The Arch is in a direct line with the Arc de Triomphe & was sized so the Arc could fit inside its newer sister. Think Russian nesting dolls only French.
Here’s the view of the Arc from the Arch.
And here’s the Arch from the Arc.
I love La Defense and took several arty shots. From there it was on to the Arc and a walk down the Champs Élysées.
I browsed in Bon Marché for a bit then headed towards one of my favorite spots, the Luxembourg gardens for a nice lunch.
I got turned around & got off course. One of the delights of Paris is happening on lovely things. In this case the lovely St Sulpice.
In the adjacent square was an open air antiques fair. I found this 150 year old print.
I chose that one from several because it’s the interior of St Ètienne, another happened upon discover from my earlier trip.
The Luxembourg is not only beautiful, it’s a favorite of Parisians. Once again I enjoyed the civilities of sharing a park bench.
I debated… Here’s a food pic anyway.
Click for general artiness..
That’s the first view coming up from the Metro.
Remember the Rome theme (leitmotif)? Yes, stairs all over.
The glass elevator. Sadly closed due to technical difficulties.
From the mosaic pool/waterfall designed by Israeli artist Agam.
The old and the new.
Inside St Sulpice.
Inside Bon Marché.
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