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I’Île-Saint-Louis, Paris

Non, we’re not done here yet. I couldn’t resist to share this photo with you. It’s a really simple photo but I like it. It shows the calmness of this beautiful island. I’Île-Saint-Louis invites you for a slow walk through this exclusive residential area of ​​Paris.  You’ll be impressed by all the amazing stores and characteristic houses.

I can blog endlessly about it! But I can control myself, next time we move on. Maybe it’s time again for a bit of history…

Ile Saint Louis

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Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Île, Paris

Saint-Louis-en-l'ÎleI’Île-Saint-Louis is the forgotten island next to the bigger one, I’Île-de-la-Cité. Many tourists don’t think it’s worth a visit because there are no big monuments (like the Notre-Dame or an Eiffel Tower) They are wrong in so many ways. The island may be small but it’s full of fun places and shops. Please, don’t underestimate the power of I’Île-Saint-Louis!

The island consists of one long street called Rue St-Louis-en-I’Île (bit predictable!) and there are only two ‘points of interests’. The Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile and the Adam Mickiewicz library. Today I will tell you about the church and later I tell you more about the library. One thing at a time ;)

The Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile is build between 1664 and 1726 and designed by 4 architects. The most famous one is Louis Le Vau, he also designed the palace of Versailles. The construction took 62 years, which is quite long for such a simple church. The main reasons of that were the lack of money and good workers. On top of the tower of the church hangs a big clock of iron from 1741. The church isn’t known because of it’s baroque architectural style but because of the large amount of gold and marble they used for the interior. The thing I like the most about Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile is that it’s so inconspicuous. It looks just like the rest of the houses on the island.. only with a tower!

In the next few days I’ll share with you my favorite shops of I’Île-Saint-Louis and I’ll give you the information about the Adam Mickiewicz library.

Keep hanging around, I appreciate your company ♥

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Palais-Royale, Paris

Palais Royale 22FYI: Palais-Royal is a former royal palace located in the 1st district of Paris, behind the Louvre and the Tuileries. Nowadays, the French Ministry of Culture, the French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) and the Constitutional Council can be found in this beautiful building.

Especially at night, it’s a perfect place to shoot some photos! 

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Le Point Zéro, Paris

Le Point ZeroEach country has its own ‘point zero’. In France, you can find this point in Paris at Place du Parvis-Notre-Dame (the square in front of Notre Dame) Distances between Paris and other cities are measured from this point! They chose this location because the island ‘Ile-de-la-Cité, is seen as the main center of Paris.

I won’t call it a must-seen-highlight of Paris, but just a fun fact for your general knowledge ;)

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Paris, Je t’aime!

Ik hou van jeBonjour/Bonsoir my Paris Lovers!

Did you know, there is a wall in Paris called ‘Le mur des je t’aime’? It means ”the I love you wall’ and it’s located at Place des Abbesses in Montmartre. It’s an artwork created by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. Frédéric Baron came up with the idea when he started to ask his little brother to write the phrase ‘I love you’ down on paper. I think he was a bit in love because he also started to ask other persons from different nationalities (like his Arab neighbor) to write the phrase in their language. When he was done he had collected the phrase “I love you” more than a thousand times in over 300 different languages. If you think about it, he did a pretty awesome job. Because in that time, he had no internet and that means no online translation!

Then he asked Claire Kito to assemble the script. Claire was an artist/specialist in oriental calligraphy and together they created this unique wall in Paris. The wall is a popular photo place for couples and lovebirds. The entrance is free.

Share it with us, what is ‘I love you’ in your language?
I’m from the Netherlands so mine would be: ik hou van je!

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Facts about the Arc d’Triomphe, Paris

Arc dTriomphe1. The Arc d’Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon in honor of his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.
2. He gave the order in 1806 but he has never seen the end result.
3. It’s located at Place Charles de Gaulle, the busiest square in Paris. 
4. Under the Arc de Triomphe is an unknown soldier buried.
5. There is also a flame next to the grave of the unknown soldier. It’s an ever-burning fire, to commemorate all in the unknown soldiers who where killed during the first and second world war.
6. The Arc d’Triomphe is 50 meters high, 45 meters wide and 22 meters deep.
7. This one is my favorite fact  – In 1919 a pilot named Charles Godefroy made some history and flew with his airplane underneath the Arc d’Triomphe! In 1981 a pilot named Alain Marchand copied the trick and he lost his pilot’s license. You think everyone was warned but for the last time, in 1991, a unknown pilot flew underneath the Arc d’Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Little boys never grew up!  
8. There is an elevator but it won’t go to the platform, there are still a few steps you have to make. The elevator is only available for disabled people, old people and pregnant women.
9. The Arc d’Triomphe has 284 steps and it feels like forever to walk all the way up!
10. The Arc d’Triomphe is the second-largest in the world, after the Triumphal Arch in Pyongyang in North Korea.

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A piece of New York in Paris.

Statue of libertyUh, did she mean ‘a piece of Paris in New York’? 

No. I have to agree it is a logic thought because the statue of liberty is a gift from Paris to the city of New York. But in this case I’m talking about the statue of liberty standing in Paris. And you know what, the fun thing is that Paris has more statues of liberty than New York.  Not really an original gift anymore, but let’s forget about that ;)

Paris has 3 ‘statues of liberty‘ and they are all replica’s of the one in New York. The statues aren’t exactly the same so let me tell you a bit more about the differences with the statue in New York.

FYI: The statue of liberty in New York is 46 meters high and on the book stands the date of the 4th of July, 1779. Which is the date of the American Declaration of Independent.

1. Let’s start with the most special one. The one standing on the Île aux Cygnes (which is near Pont Grenelle) The statue is 11.5 meters high and has two different dates on the book. The American date and the French date, the 14th of July 1789, Bastille Day. Before the bronze statue was finished they had a statue of plaster, standing with her face towards the Presidential Palace, the Élysée. When they finally finished the bronze statue in 1889, they turned the statue with her face toward the city of New York. You can see the statue on the photo above.

2. The second statue stands in Musée des Arts et Métiers (check out the awesome subway station of Arts et Métiers) and is 11.2 meters high.

3. The last one is the smallest one and stands in Museé d’Orsay. The statue is 4.5 meters high and has instead of the American date, the 15th of November, 1889 on it. That’s the date, the other statue was inaugurated at Pont Grenelle.

Unfortunately, the statues are a bit too small to have a restaurant inside. Maybe is a sandwich in front of it a good idea?