Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Where frogs are eaten

Paris is only a 3 hour train ride or a 1 hour flight, so finally I made this short trip to see some family visiting there. It was an extremely short weekend with so much to see, looks like another trip is in order.

Pictures include:

  • Outside Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Outside the Louvre
  • Arch De Triumph - In 1806, Napolean, the French emperor who conquered most of Europe at the beginning of the 19th century, decided to build a very big arch of triumph which stands at the top of the Champs-Elysées. The purpose: To gather his Army and have them walk through the arch in front of cheering Parisians after a victorious war… The only problem, the event never happened because Napolean was defeated at Waterloo. What would make a ruler like Napolean bring on this kind of inspiration?
  • Pompidou Modern Art Museum - Jamie and I checked out an exhibit on modern architecture then scoped the works by, Picasso, Matisse, Pollock, Dali, and many more. I'm actually becoming a fan of modern/contemporary art, because seeing the main man Jesus and Mary all the time is becoming a little redundant.
  • The Pantheon - Is now a burial place for famous French heroes. Includes Geneva born, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's tomb. His most popular work is 'The Social Contract', which was a major influence during the time of the French Revolution.
  • The Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart) - Fantastic views where Claire and I overlooked the city.

1 comment:

Sarha said...

I wanna go to Paris. Love your pictures. Wanna see the ones from Prague as well!!!