Get your sword ready, it’s time for a history lesson!
Statues make me curious. What do we see? A man (perhaps a general) with a defiant attitude and his sword raised, as if he is going to start a battle. It looks dominating and even the horse has a arrogant look in his eyes. Maybe it’s a man of nobility?
This time, we’re talking about Simón Bolívar. He was an South-American freedom fighter. The reason Paris has a statue of him is because Paris was an important source of inspiration for Bolivar. He witnessed in 1804 the coronation of Napoleon as emperor of France. Besides the fact that Simon Bolivar lost his respects to Napoleon because he had betrayed the republican ideas, he still was impressed by the grand ceremony.
Bolivar decided from that moment that he would spend the rest of his life to the liberation of South America (from Spanish domination in South America)
The internet is full of interesting articles about him. I know the average interest in reading long blogposts so to make a long story short. Today Simon Bolivar is still seen as the greatest leader of Latin America’s independence movement :)
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1. 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.
Looking for some history at Paris? Than you should definitely check out Café le Procope. It’s the oldest cafe in Paris. Unfortunately not the cheapest. In 1686 Francesco Procopio dei Coltell (what a mouthful) opened here a coffee house. Franceco was one of first ice cream sellers in Paris, even before Bertillon! It was a novelty that did well at the court of Versailles. The royal families were real trendsetters in that time. First the tea, now the ice cream. Not very surprising.. they had more than enough money for delicacy.
The cafe got more popular cause the opening of Académie Française. Académie Française is an official institution in the French language. Along with four other academies they form the Institut de France. Café le Procope became a popular theater bar. The restaurant proudly hang some pictures of celebrities who had visited the restaurant in their window. Celebrities like Napoleon, Robespierre, Balzac, Dalton and Victor Hugo. The best stories are being told about this cafe. I don’t know if it’s true but, there seems to hang a hat of Napoleon (one of the many). He has ever left it behind as a deposit.
The place where the cafe is located is called ”Cour de Commerce St. André” (see photo). At number 12 is the guillotine invented.
You can find the entrance to this legendary place at Boulevard St. Germain, across the statue of Danton and metro Odeon.
A historic place in Paris. What for kind of interesting conversations took place here? What do you think?