Monday, August 24, 2009

PARIS: PANTHÉON, NÔTRE DAME AND QUARTIER LATIN

We had already spent five days in Paris but we still had a lot of interesting places and monuments to visit. We began the sixth day with a visit to the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg and, afterwards, we went to Le Parc de la Villette. Finally, at night, we enjoyed a fascinating Sena cruise. For me, one of the best experiences I lived in Paris.


Star sights of this day in Paris:

  • Le Panthéon
  • Le Quartier Latin
  • La rive gauche de la Seine
  • Nôtre Dame
  • La Sainte Chapelle

DAY 5

Le Panthéon


The main façade of Le Panthéon. It has a classic look

Inside Le Panthéon


In the middle of Le Panthéon there is a Foucault's Pendulum


Another picture inside Le Panthéon


The dome of Le Panthéon


Inside Le Panthéon I saw this inscription about Antoine de Saint Exupery. From here, I would want to pay tribute to this writer, author of Le Petit Prince 

Under Le Panthéon there is a crypt where there are buried many men and women who did a lot for France, like Rousseau or Voltaire. Here, Victor Hugo


La Sorbonne



Going from Le Panthéon to Le Quartier Latin we saw La Sorbonne, one of the most prestigious universities of France

Le Quartier Latin


The dome of Le Panthéon from Le Quartier Latin, a neighborhood of Paris really lively


La rive gauche de la Seine


There is an special environment around the left bank of La Seine. Here the booksellers, called in french bouquinistes, give to this place a bohemian air


Booksellers work here under the look of Notre Dame. This extremely beautiful cathedral, together with les bouquinistes and La Seine is one of the most interesting places in Paris


Nôtre Dame

Spectacular view of Notre Dame next to La Seine


A little and pleasant park at the rear of Notre Dame

The spire of Notre Dame was added after its construction and it's similar to the spire of La Sainte Chapelle

One of the impressive rose windows of Notre Dame

Some gothic elements of Notre Dame, such as flying buttress and pinnacles

Inside Notre Dame. Its main nave it's really high


On the right, the virgin of Notre Dame

And after visiting Nôtre Dame we were a bit hungry. Here, I was about to eat a delicious tajine marocaine in the restaurant Degrés de Notre Dame, a restaurant which I strongly recommend (address 10 Rue des Grands Degrés, 75005 Paris)


La Sainte Chapelle


On the left La Sainte-Chapelle next to Le Palais de Justice


Main façade of La Sainte-Chapelle where it can be seen a rose window


Inside La Sainte-Chapelle. If you don't enter this wonderful building, you can't realize how beautiful is

The rose window of the main façade


L'Hôtel de Ville



The City Hall of Paris next to La Seine


La Seine

Between La Ile de la Cité and La Ile de Sant Louis we enjoyed this view of the beach of Paris and the City Hall of Paris

There is a lot of boats-restaurant where you can eat something with wonderful views of the Seine and Notre Dame. I strongly recommend Le Six-Huit (the lilac boat that you can see under the bridge)


La Tour Eiffel at night


La Tour Eiffel lit at night from Le Trocadéro, one of the most wonderful views of Paris

L'École Militaire appears here under the main arch of La Tour Eiffel



A wonderful memory of our days in Paris





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Besides, in France I have visited the following beautiful places I strongly recommend:

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