"We'll Always Have Paris"...

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"We'll always have Paris"…

…was a famous line in the film "Casablanca", spoken by Humphrey Bogart to Lauren Bacall.

Here we are again in the City of Light, in the run-up to Christmas. My own views on Paris are steadfastly positive, though this year the recession is biting and signs of economic downturn (familiar from Greece) are very much in evidence. But let us concentrate on walks around town, and sumptuous sweets, and bring some seasonal cheer to the trip log which follows.

My meanderings in the arrondissements are vague and my hope is to get lost and discover some new spots. In this we were pretty successful !

This is mainly a photo report. (This time I am not using FB as a provider of images, but uploading pics to Images first on IndiaMike, in order that my photographs remain on the page instead of floating in the ether.)

Let's start with a ramble near the Louvre and the Tuileries gardens. It must be noted that it is impossible to get lost when walking through these gardens, since you have a straight line drawn from the Louvre and its accompanying pyramid, then the Arche du Carrousel, onwards via the lakes and straight paths of the Tuileries, through the Great Wheel (the Paris equivalent of the London Eye), via the Obelisk on the Place de la Concorde, up the Champs Elysées, all the way to the Arche de Triomphe, and then continuously to La Défense and the Great Arch (the latter being a folly inaugurated by a previous president of the republic).

Then, after walking for a couple of hours in the cold, let's stop for lunch and enjoy a very Parisian cheese cake, topped with raspberry sorbet.


The Louvre Pyramid



The Carrousel Arch


The Great Wheel
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Douceur (Parisian Cheesecake and Raspberry Sorbet)
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Thank you, it started very lovely. And I'm sure the pics will be great, these are already promising.
Haven't been in Paris since 2 decades. So hope to see and read more about it.
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Thank you, EkCoffee, for your appreciation !

You might not recognize parts of the city when you next visit. After the Tuileries, and a spot of book browsing, we walked through the Halles district. Back in the early 70s it was a food market, then that was demolished and the market moved to the suburbs at Rungis. The 'trou' (hole) of Les Halles was eventually filled with a massive shopping complex called Forum des Halles. In the past year and a half this has been undergoing renovation and redesign to enhance its utility as a meeting place of RER (suburban) trains, metro lines, shops, cinemas, parks, and public spaces. The results can be seen below, as yet incomplete, and somewhat disappointingly unoriginal.

The Canopy of Les Halles (architectural plan)


Saint Eustache Church and Renovation of Les Halles


Canopy of the Forum des Halles




Elsewhere in the city, more exciting architectural designs have mushroomed. For example, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry in the Bois des Boulogne. There is concurrently a very interesting exhibition about Frank Gehry's work at the Centre Beaubourg (Pompidou Centre). I have yet to visit his "cloud" in the Bois de Boulogne but I very much enjoyed the exhibition at Beaubourg.
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It is always a joy to criss-cross the narrow streets and squares of the Marais district. I am particularly fond of discovering street art in narrow dead-end alleys. Then you come across a timeless patch of greenery in the midst of urban angst. Paris is like that, a juxtaposition of ancient and modern, in a patchwork which arrests the eye and grabs the imagination.











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Let's move on sharply to a moody Eiffel Tower, in menacing rainclouds. It always pours when we are visiting the Branly Museum !

Each time we go to the Quai Branly, we try a different route of approach. This time we took the metro up to Trocadéro, crossed the Seine, along with hordes of tourists heading for the Eiffel Tower, and walked along the quai to the museum.

We saw the beautiful exhibition on "Mayas", about which more later.



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This exhibition entitled "Mayas, Revelation of an Endless Time" showcases the art of a large territory encompassing present-day Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.

Here are some selected photos from the museum.

(The exhibition at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris will be open until 8th February, 2015.)





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More clicks from the Mayan exhibition:









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Fabulous pics theyyamdancer. What beautiful art! Glad that this time the pics are embedded.
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post Fabulous pics theyyamdancer. What beautiful art! Glad that this time the pics are embedded.
Thank you! Actually, I have (again) employed a short cut. This time I have entrusted Google +. Let's see.
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(So you have. Your Cretan pics need a makeover too). Enjoying the TR and pictures.
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Some close-ups. I must confess that all of these photos are shot by Mr theyyamdancer.






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Last but by no means least are some jade funeral masks:




These are mainly excavated from Calakmul in Mexico. They are exquisite.
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After that dose of culture, let us proceed to view Paris by Moonlight. It was the Full Moon and an exceptionally clear night.

(These pics are embedded and also embedded in my memory!)

Moonlight Magic


Full Moon



Montparnasse Tower, Night
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The next pic deserves a post on its own, as it depicts the "Little India" (mainly inhabited by Tamil speakers) due north from the Gare du Nord.

The decorations were very eye-catching here.



We shopped at the huge supermarket Cash and Carry on rue Cail, buying such items as Indian toothpaste, mango chutney, lots of spices and teas, etc.
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I suspect that the locals there were predominantly refugees from the Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka.
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