Thursday, June 9, 2011

wishing upon an étoile

I'm home really late tonight, so I'll keep today's post short and sweet with a few shots from atop what is probably Paris' most famous landmark after the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Pyramid--the Arc de Triomphe. It sits, glorified, in the middle of a Haussmanian feat of architecture--the Charles de Gaulle Etoile ('star')--so named because it has Grands Boulevards radiating away from it in all directions like victorious urbanized beams.

Voici its most famous boulevard, the Champs-Elysées (which forms an axis through Place de la Concorde and the Jardin de Tuileries to end at the Louvre pyramid. Neat, huh?)
And here we have La Défense, or as I call it, the "future". After the quaint, cobbled, iron-balconied, 6 floor-high city of Paris, this suburb on its Northwest corner looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie.
And finally, the obligatory Eiffel tower shot.

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