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Sights of Paris: Part II

Centre Pompidou (s-aunt-trwa pomp-E-doo), named after former French president Georges Pompidou. Houses contemporary + modern art:

L’Arc de Triomphe (l-arc deh tree-om-ph), located at one end of the world famous shopping street of paradise, Champs-Élysées, commemorates the fallen soldiers of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. The top of the monument also offers, in my opinion, one of the very best views of Paris, especially at night.

Place de la Bastille (p-lass deh la Bast-teal) occupies the old area of the Bastille, which was a fortified French prison that you may know from the the fateful day of July 14th, 1789, otherwise known as the “storming of the bastille” of the French Revolution. But see that column? Instead of celebrating July 14th (which is celebrated like our American 4th of July without the s’mores), it celebrates the July Revolution of 1830.

Le jardin du Luxembourg (luh jar-dan do Luxe-m-burg) is a famous Parisian park settled right next to the Luxembourg Palace, home of the French Senate. Full of sculptures, fountains, greenery, and nice places to sit.

And of course,

La Tour Eiffel (la  tour Eeeef-fell), which was notoriously HATED by everyone upon its creation, but is now pretty much loved by everyone. It was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair, and now houses the famed restaurant Jules Verne. If you’re feeling sporty, you can walk up to the tower’s first and second level, or you can take the elevator! An elevator is required to get to the top floor, but I think the views are better when you’re not on the top (because everything looks so small up there!)


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This entry was posted on February 24, 2012 by in Things to do & places to Paris :), Travel and tagged .
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