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    Watch Airplanes Taxing from the Holding Area

    by kenHuocj Updated Jan 12, 2016

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    Had arrived from Africa eleven months ago at CDG , Paris,
    enough time to get to the correct gate to connect to YUL
    Just before boarding,
    passport checked but was prevented from boarding,
    . . . . .
    to shorten the two night agony of theholding area , under the courtesy of the French Red Cross.
    i eventually succumb to flying back to Africa, get a "Repatriation" certificate with my non Canadian Passport and was able to return home to Canada

    Additional costs, inconveniences of a WIne Tasting that i was to arrange,
    the refusal of the Canadian Diplomatic corp to help in my dilemmas
    i nevertheless
    met other genuine and not so genuine refugees, migrants et al from many parts of the world.
    Plus meeting and travelling between the Holding area [Hotel] of CDG
    and the many side doors and non communicative officials in uniform

    NOT RECOMMENDED for normal sane travellers
    Adviso - take to correct Travel Documents

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    Fontaine Palatine, 6th.

    by pfsmalo Updated Dec 24, 2015

    Placed on the wall of what was the old Petit Palais du Luxembourg by the Princess Anne Palatine of Bavaria in 1715, removed when the palace was demolished and then replaced as it was originally here at rue Garanciere to provide water for the locals of Saint-Sulpice is the Fountain Palatine. Very plain, the only real decoration is the plaque above in Latin which relates the placing of the fountain by the Princess. The original bronze lions-head still delivers water.

    12 rue Garanciere, 75006 Paris

    Mabillon or Odeon are the closest metro stations

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    La Butte aux Cailles 75013 Paris.

    by pfsmalo Updated Dec 11, 2015

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    The 13th arrondissement (district) is virtually unknown to most tourists, but should not be ignored if you are looking for somewhere different away from the crowds for a good walk. The Butte aux Cailles still retains its village atmosphere, with people still saying hello to each other in the street. I've never had the chance yet to eat in any of the restaurants in the area, but am told there is a very good choice and not that expensive. The usual street artists, such as Miss Tic and Jef Aerosol, have many examples on the walls around here.

    To be found also on the place Verlaine is one of the very rare all brick buildings in Paris, this one the local swimming baths, which uses water brought up from an artesian well over 500 metres down. The building dating from 1924 is a classified historic monument. For those that enjoy swimming it is open from 9am to 6pm every day and has an outdoor pool as well. Right on the place is an automatic well, also bringing the water up from the depths. Many locals come here to use the water rather than that that comes from the taps.
    Not mentioned very often but this is also the place where Pilatre de Rozier and le Marquis d'Arlandes landed after their very first short "flight" in a hot air balloon in Nov. 1783, 25 minutes for a 9 kms ride. When parts of the balloon caught fire they judged it prudent to land on what was largely fields at the time. There is a small monument marking their landing close to the artesian well.

    Corvisart is the closest metro, but Place d'Italie a little further and saves changing if you're not already on line 6.

    Wallace fountain on place de la Commune de Paris. The monument View of rue Buot, just off the place. Buttes aux Cailles swimming baths. A local filling her bottles from the artesian well

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    Parc de Choisy, 75013.

    by pfsmalo Written Dec 8, 2015

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    Parc de Choisy is a little in "no mans land" just off the rue de Tolbiac, not quite in the Chinese district and not that close to the place d'Italie neither. But it is another of Paris' wide open spaces, plenty of room and games for the kids and enough benches for the older members of the area to have a walk and a little rest. Built on a gas factory that stood here until 1937 with it's gasometers. The ground needed a lot of consolidation before the parc could be planified and levelled. Close to the gate at the Ave de Choisy is a blue Atlas cedar tree planted in 1939, in commemoration of the 1789 Revolution. Known as "Liberty tree" the Nazis famously took the nameplate away during the Occupation, not knowing the meaning of Liberty.
    On the north side of the parc stands the Eastman Foundation, part of the Kodak magnates project to finance and build a dental health clinic in each of the European capitals. The site was chosen when the gasometers and factory were razed in 1937. Just in front of the Institute is a small herbal garden. Today it still looks after the dental health of the area albeit reserved for the under-18s, except for X-rays.

    11 rue George Eastman, 75013 Paris

    Nearest metro is Place d'Italie or Olympiades

    Liberty tree with nameplate. The Eastman Institute. Herbal garden. Representing the gift of Eastman. Close up on the nameplate.

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    The markets or marchés of Paris see all

    by gwened Updated Sep 26, 2015

    market streets are in many places, the ones you mentioned are very popular, more so Mouffetard.

    you have them all here by the city of Paris, just put in the name in the box above, left, and on the right put any street or metro stop you are in, will give those closest to you.IF not the list below is by arrondissement. Once you click on them will show you street,metro and if they are open on that day or not.

    some of the best for choices and prices are at St Ouen flea market and porte de vanves antiques

    http://marches.equipements.paris.fr/
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    small market in front of the Palais Brongniart
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    Church of Saint Nicolas des Champs

    by gwened Written Sep 26, 2015

    Walking around met this church , do not recall seeing it before even if not looking for it, goes to tell you how much is there to see in Paris even for one who worked here for 10 years.

    The Church of Saint Nicolas des Champs is at 254 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris easily going with metro lines 3 and 4. or walking up from the louvre on rue Reaumur to left rue du louvre.

    It has a flamboyant gothic style of architecture and construction was done over long periods from the 12C to 14C and 17C. From this Church Sainte Louise de Marillac founded the order of the daughters of charity. The organ is here since 1418,and the current one is from 1613. The current Church is from 1420. You have two great paintings here the Madonna de Vic from 1617 done by Frans Pourbus le Jeune in the Chapel of the Virgin, and the most impressive at least to me, is the one behind the altar from the 18C done by Simon Vouet ,12 meters high representing the assumption of the Virgin.

    A nice stop in a nice area to walk around in beautiful Paris. As an anecdote, inside rest in peace Guillaume Budé (1467-1540), that after embracing all the sciences , plead the cause of literature and well written letters in front of king François Ier,and obtained from him the founding of the Collége of France in 1530. The association Guillaume Budé honored him by continuing his work today by exposing the human sciences in the French language.

    Church Saint Nicolas des Champs back altar portrait ,the assomption of the Virgin the altar of St Nicolas des Champs Chapel of Notre Dame de F��tima the main organ
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    Bourse de Commerce or Agro Paris Bourse

    by gwened Written Sep 26, 2015

    This is a nice architecturally stunning building not far from the Forum and St Eustache entrance on 2 Rue de Viarmes. It is the center of the agro cereal association of Paris and has 900 adherents members.A very important historical building.

    It is as shown by the street at the center of Paris in the old wheat stockage building or Halle aux blés, the mythical agriculture lung of Paris and known as the Agro Paris Bourse already working from more than 160 years. From 1854 it works for the modernisation of the agriculture world and the trade of cereals. It holds meetings and technical know how with international leaders in the cereals world.

    In 2015 the Bourse de Commerce de Paris becomes the Agro Paris Bourse. From a business point of view my company is a member but cannot take pictures inside...

    Just another wonderful building in Paris to walk by and the pictures outside are lovely. It is at the 1st arrondissement of Paris and can be reach by metro Louvre - Rivoli line 1 and Les Halles line 4.

    Many nobles including Catherine de Médicis lived here and there was a fantastic mansion on it, but eventually become a commerce bourse by 1720, fires rages and the building is destroyed, a stock exchange of commerce cereals is built around 1767 and by 1783 the dome we see today is built, fire again and rebuilt again by 1811, with the copper leaves replace by glass in 1838; fired again in 1854 and convert to exchange market and rebuilt by 1889.

    Agro Paris Bourse side dome ,entrance and see St Eustache church
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    walking around two doors St Denis and Martin

    by gwened Updated Sep 25, 2015

    St Martin and St Denis, two archdoors evoking the history of Paris in areas tourists dont go much

    The porte Saint-Denis was built in 1672 inspired by the Roman arches on orders of king Louis XIV to honor his victories in the Rhine and Franche-Comté. It was a wish also of Colbert to have arch doors, between the city and the suburbs
    It is in fact an arc de triomphe inspired by the arc of Titus with a high of 50 meters replacing a arch on the old ramparts of king Charles V. Many inscriptions on the arc are showcasing Louis le Grand, and victories of the king in Holland, Rhine, Waal, Meuse,Elbe,and Utrecht. The sculpture pyramids are comb with globes crown in urns of flower of lys. On the south side yo usee trees and branches of casks, arms, flags,and lions . On the north side, you see other military symbols such as palms. The base south show the alegory figures of Holland, and United Provences. Underneath the arc, two bas reliefs claiming on the south the passage of the Rhine at Tholus and on the north at Maastricht.

    The Porte St Denis is found at the axis of Saint-Denis (rue Saint-Denis and rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis) ,and the blvd de Bonne Nouvelle towards the west, the blvd Saint Denis towards the east.
    http://travel.michelin.com/web/destination/France-Northern_France_and_the_Paris_Region-Paris/tourist_site-Porte_St_Denis-bd_St_Denis

    The Porte Saint Martin was built in 1674 son the boulevard opened by Colbert on the site of old fortifications. This archdoor is 18 meters high and traverse by an arcade and deux arcades laterals of modest dimensions. It was the conception by king Louis XIV of the Grands Boulevards built between 1668-1705.
    The arc was dedicated to king Louis XIV by the city of Paris in 1674 to celebrate his victories in Franche-Comté during the wars of Holland. On tope there is Hercules as king of the gauls crown by a victory and tramping the feet of the enemy. Opposite is the taking of Besançon. The Latin inscription says ! To Louis le Grand for taking twice Besançon and Franche-Comté, and victorious over the German,Spanish,and Dutch armies, the prefect, the merchants and writers of Paris.

    The Porte Saint Martin is found at the axis of Saint-Martin (rue Saint-Martin and rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin), and the blvd Saint Denis towards the west, and blvd Saint-Martin towards the east.

    wonderful areas of quaint Paris, and again passing by them, great! now theater and market are held by St Martin.

    Porte Saint Martin closer off rue meslay Porte Saint Martin Porte Saint Denis closer Porte Saint Martin Porte Saint Martin far
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    Cité Durmar, 11th. II

    by pfsmalo Updated Jun 17, 2015

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    Unfortunately, the problems facing the residents of the Cité Durmar have still not come to a satisfactory conclusion. Artisans and artists, the older residents in flats are still waiting for the outcome of a battle engaged against the developers that want to take over this little urban alleyway.

    The photographer's 'bike.

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    Cité Durmar, 11th.

    by pfsmalo Updated Jun 17, 2015

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    Just a short walk from the metro down rue Oberkampf, one of the new "in" streets in Paris, is this beautiful courtyard, some 150 metres long, full of artisans, kids playing and a joyful general bric-a-brac. Since 2008 the cité is under siege from promotors with menaces issued and some (for the moment) banter from obvious strong-arm men. The people who live and work here, one lady over 80 yo has lived here all her life, own their apartments but unfortunately not the ground they are built on. Talking to people in the passage I got the impression that the battle seemed won, as a judge had ruled on the abuse and strong-arm tactics, and nothing had moved since 18 months. Hopefully they can preserve their little corner of Paris and the social mixity of its inhabitants, be they painters, graphists, metalworker and even a photgraphers studio right down at the end.

    Menilmontant is the closest metro.

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    Church Saint Louis en L'ilê

    by gwened Updated Jun 5, 2015

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    Walking on this wonderful little island connected by bridges to mainland Paris you find the main church in ilê Saint Louis, that is the Church Saint Louis en l'ilê. I found one photo to share.

    It is located in the middle of this long street at no 19 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, in the 4éme arrondissement de Paris. Metro Pont-Marie or Sully-Morland gets you closer.
    The Church is open Mondays to Saturdays from 9h30-13h00 , and 14h00-19h30, Also Sundays from 9h00-13h00 , and 14h00-19h00

    The parish Catholic site in French is here
    http://www.saintlouisenlile.catholique.fr/

    The name is given after Saint Louis, king of France ,under the name Louis IX from 1226 to 1270. It is said that he came to pray to this area. The island was a development started in 1614 by king Louis XIII. The first stone for the Church was layed on October 1st, 1664 and it was consecrated in August 20 1679.

    During the French Revolution, the Church loses its organ and almost all of his furniture. The statues in the transepts of sainte Geneviève and Mary, François Ladatte, survived by their decoration in statue of liberty and equality. The closure of the Church in 1791. Become literary deposit, it is then sold as national property July 31, 1798 to a certain Fontaine. On the occasion of the trip to Paris for the coronation of Napoleon, by Pope Pius VII, he asked the latter to come celebrate in the Church. The Pontiff indeed visited a number of churches in the capital during his stay of several months. On March 10, 1805, he celebrated mass in a church just barely decorated with tapestries of the goblins. As a whole generation had been deprived of the sacraments by the Revolution, he gave himself a lot of first communions. On the current high altar, the Papal tiara recalls this event. It is only December 15, 1817 the town bought the Church.

    Today, the Church of St. Louis en l'Ilê is one of the smallest parishes in the diocese of Paris, covering the territory of the Ile Saint-Louis from the half of the île de la Cité (the Cathedral and the old cloister of Notre-Dame), and the former island Louviers (boulevard Morland covers an old arm of the Seine). The parish houses since 1993 one of the eight houses of the Diocesan Seminary of Paris.

    Nice Church and nice area to walk in Paris. Recently it lost its belltower due to fire and now getting funds to rebuilt but still can be visited. Also beautiful concerts say to be done, not try it myself but looks good , here is more in French
    http://orgue.free.fr/a4o8.html

    Altar at Church Saint Louis en l'Il��
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    St Denis

    by solopes Updated Feb 2, 2015

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    The northern "border" of interesting Paris is dotted with a couple of arches with few differences except size. The biggest one, St Denis was built in 1672 and restored in 1988.

    Twenty five meters high, it has some bas reliefs, and sculpted elements. Side-by-side with St Martin they represent the line between the touristy area and... the other.

    Yes, it is frontier land!

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    Mairie du IX

    by solopes Updated Feb 2, 2015

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    A little out of the touristy area I was surprised by a very beautiful building - the Mairie of the 9th quarter. It is installed in a palace coming from the 18th century, built to be used as a hotel - Augny hotel.
    It's long and interesting history may be read in the Mairie page (link below... in French)

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    Caumartin

    by solopes Updated Feb 2, 2015

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    Many years ago, I stayed a few days in one of the hotels in Caumartin St. I kept the idea that it was an ugly neighborhood, close to some of the really beautiful many things of Paris.

    I stayed there again recently and... surprise! Meandering in those "hidden" streets, closed to traffic, I found another reality: A beautiful quarter, with fancy restaurants, statues, and a peaceful ambiance, in contrast with the rush of the main avenues.

    Wrong idea in the first impressions, or an excellent work in space rehabilitation?

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    Villa du Bel-Air, 12th.

    by pfsmalo Written Nov 22, 2014

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    Out in the far-flung wastes of the 12th arrondissement is the Villa du Bel-Air, whose only real interest lies in the fact that the old abandoned Petite Centure railway runs alongside and where you can still see a platform of the old Bel-Air station. But abandoned!!! I thought so until I saw this strange machine going up and down the rails, obviously involved in some work or other along the line. (See photo 3).

    Closest metro is Picpus.

    Track showing the platform. The old throughway to the station. Strange!!!!

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