Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Zamansky tower, an exceptional point of view on Paris

View on the North of Paris from the Zamansky tower (Jussieu tower)
This third weekend of September is the European Heritage Days (in France the "Journées du Patrimoine").
The "Journées du Patrimoine" started for the first time in France in 1984, launched by the Ministry of Culture ("La Journée Portes Ouvertes").
During these "Doors Open Days", each third weekend of September, you can visit places, monuments, gardens and sites which are not normally opened to the public.

Many places are opened, see the 2014 program here.
Some famous buildings attract a lot of people. For instance, you may have to queue in a line for six hours to go inside the Palace of Elysée (French Republic President's residency).

This year, the Zmansky tower, administrative central tower of the University of Jussieu, opens its last floor, and no lines! The entrance is free, and if you are in Paris and it is still time for you, you can go there this Sunday before 6:30 PM => http://www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr/lieu/campus-jussieu-universit-pierre-et-marie-curie Metro station: JUSSIEU.

Look at what you can admire from this tower:

The University of Jussieu at the bottom

Looking towards the Bois de Vincennes (Eastern wood of Paris) Lock at the rock of the Zoo of Vincennes (artificial rock)

By looking towards the west, look at the Latin quarter and the Montparnasse tower. The Panthéon, now in works, exposes the work of JR.

Another view on the west of Paris. Watch the "rue des Ecoles" in the center of the Latin quarter, then the Invalides and the Eiffel tower


Very close, the Island Saint Louis. Look at the statue of Sainte Genevieve, the Patroness of Paris (watching the east, in case Attila and the Huns come back... ; ) )

Look at how some Parisians enjoy the sun at the end of the Saint Louis Island

Watch also on the south of the tower, very close, the hidden Roman Arenas of Lutèce (old Paris name). Look at the runners where you could see gladiators and wildcats at the time of the Romans.  

What a view!

You can also visit the University itself during these Open Doors Days.
Funny to go back there 34 years after (my university)...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Eiffel tower goes to the beach!

The river Seine - Right bank
Do you remember the Red Eiffel tower? We talked about this red tower made of folding chairs here.

Today will be the Paris Plages opening. Beaches in Paris:

Paris-Plages - Beaches in Paris
Paris-Plages in front the "Conciergerie" on the Island of "La Cité"
Paris-Plages all along the river Seine on the right bank

We already talked about Paris-Pages here.

See the official Website here.

Red Eiffel tower at the beach

In the background, the Pont-Neuf and the Eiffel tower (the one!)

Enjoy Paris-Plages!

Monday, 14 July 2014

2014 National Day in Paris: one of the best fireworks at the Eiffel tower


July, 14th in France!
You have probably heard about La Bastille and the famous storming of the Bastille, one of the major symbol of the French revolution, which occurred on the 14th of July, 1789. Our Anglo-Saxon friends call the French National Day the Bastille Day. Actually, the French National Day refers to "La fête de la Fédération", another major event, which took place one year later in the park near the Eiffel tower, the "Champ de Mars" :

La fête e la Fédération, au Champ de Mars - Charles Thévenin (1764 - 1838) - Musée Carnavalet

2014, July 14th. As each year, fireworks all over the country. The one on the Eiffel tower (first time since 2002) was related to the start of the first world war. 1914-2014.

A great show, let us see some pictures and videos:

Champ de Mars - The long wait before the concert and the firework, just to be able to see the show (about 1/2 a Million persons in the place!)

At 9:30 PM, the concert:



The night is coming

At 11:00 PM, the firework. The main theme is linked to the two world wars.

VIVE LA PAIX (Long live peace):






IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE (John Lennon):





What a show!


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