Parisian sojourn - 5

Pyramid at Louvre

We have heard about the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, but there is one at the famous Louvre in Paris. The central courtyard of the Louvre is occupied by a pyramid of glass. It was commissioned by Francois Mitterrand, who was head of the French government, and designed by Pei. The construction work of the base and the lobby was designed by Dumez. It is a must-see for all tourists who visit the Louvre.

The Louvre is treasure trove of sculptures, arts paintings and artefacts drawn from various countries and civilizations.

After scrutinising each and every piece of art, I slipped into the promenade of the famous Champs Elysees. It is one of the famous avenues in the world where everything under the sun is available. One of the most expensive areas in the world it is called Elysian Fields which means the place of the blessed in Greek Mythology.

It extends up to 2 km from the Palais de la Concorde on the east with its obelisk and Arc de Triomphe on the west. Tall trees line either side of the boulevard which stand as sentinels and form a canopy which defies description. Since I was strolling on Champs Elysees during the day, I could enjoy the panoramic view of the trees silhouetted against the azure sky.

This place is lined with theatres, cafes, pubs, restaurants, luxury shops, et al. I stood watching the unending human and vehicular traffic which passes through Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe.

Every year, during Bastille Day, a large military parade passes through this esplanade and the President of France oversees this military marvel. It is carnival time during Christmas and New Year.


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Jun 23, 2011
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Usha Raja

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I just re-visited Paris...its the most wonderful and enchanting city ever! just love the way you have described it.
By Bela Khanse on 24/06/2011 at 03:53 PM
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