Al and Sue's Great Adventure travel blog

Grande Arche




See the Triumph du Arc in the background--the Grande Arch lines up...



Shopping and Offices inside a Dome like Structure




At Night

Area was a redevelopment of old warehouses where this Statue was located


Steps of the Grande Arche

Fountain of the Day

Sailing on pond in Luxembourg Gardens




View of our Apt--but no street view--it looks into a small court...

August 16, 2012

La Defense

Today was another scorcher in Paris. We were to achieve two things but were only able to make it to La Defense. We did not take any chances today so we took a taxi. Our fellow spoke broken English and we had a great ride. Please see below the explanation of La Defense that I lifted from Wikipedia:

“La Défense is a major business district of Paris. With a population of 20,000,

The district is at the westernmost extremity of Paris's 10 km long Historical Axis,

which starts at the Louvre in Central Paris and continues along the Champs-Élysées,

well beyond the Arc de Triomphe before culminating at La Défense around its

110-metre (360 ft)-high Grande Arche and esplanade, La Défense holds many of the

Paris urban area's tallest high-rises. With its 77.5 acres (314,000 m2), with

its 72 glass-and-steel slick buildings including 14 high-rises above 150 metres (490 ft), its

180,000 daily workers, it is Europe's largest purpose-built business district.”

It was quite spectacular and if it wasn’t so hot, we would have enjoyed exploring.

The 2nd thing that we didn’t accomplish was going into the Paris Crypts. We made it to the

Crypts, but it was a 2 hour line up in the blazing sun—maybe tomorrow.

So we headed back to the Luxembourg Gardens and found some shade.

Al & Sue

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