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Simón Bolívar

Get your sword ready, it’s time for a history lesson!1-DSC_0388 

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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Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♡

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The struggle between Color and Black and White.

black and colorSometimes I like to Photoshop my pictures to Black and White, it can give your photo just that little extra. Like this photo I took in the streets of Paris. 

The ”Black and White” option is great but most of the time, it won’t fit for Paris. You know why? Because the colors of Paris can’t be compered to any other city in the world. The statues, the buildings, the rooftops, even the tiniest detail in Paris looks amazing because of the Roman colors of this city. For example: take a look at the picture above. Don’t you think the left statue shows the real beauty of Paris?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Black and White photo’s (also in Paris) only sometimes I’ve got the feeling that people use this Black and White option a bit to much. They use it to create easily a ”pretty” shot of something. That’s just a shame, really. I hate it when I see a cool shot of Paris and think ”wish it was in color” Take your time for photographing and take your time to think about the finishing touch ;)

These two bloggers have done an amazing job and enjoy me every day with new fantastic photo’s. They sure think about their way of editing what gives us great results. My favorite (Black and White) photos of Paris are:

1. Man in a Phone Booth by Barefoot in Paris
Entertaining blog with really nice shots of Paris, I can stare at them for for hours. Most of the photo’s are in color but he knows exactly when it’s time for that dramatic touch.

2. Quai de Conti by Jack Brewis
His blog is full with interesting black and white photo’s. Love the way he’s showing us the streets of Paris (and other city’s) in such a pleasant way.

The conclusion is that I like photo’s of Paris the most when they are in color. But, I have to say that I have a weak for black and white photo’s when it’s raining a bit and when the streets are wet. What is your favorite of these two and why? Love to hear your opinion. 

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The statues of the Louvre are perfection, Paris

The left lady is my favorite.

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I love everything about this picture, Paris.

The Tuileries

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That lady has some muscles, girl power!

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

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The history of cabaret and the 3 ‘moulins’ in Paris.

Moulin le RadetWe all know the Moulin Rouge. A tourist highlight, with a big commercial touch. But where does the Moulin Rouge come from? Or rather, where do the cabaret shows come from? I mean, the Moulin Rouge wasn’t the first windmill in Paris. No, there are two other windmills in Paris. And at one of them starts the history of the famous (dance) cabarets In Paris! The name of this windmill is ‘Moulin du Gallette’

In 1844, four men from the Miller-Debray family were involved in a fight with Cossack’s, who had occupied Montmartre. Three brothers were killed, but the oldest brother survived. But, because of his serious injuries, he wasn’t able to work anymore. So, he turned his windmill into a ballroom and served with the drinks a cookie, ‘une Galette’ The cookie was a huge success and that for him a reason to name the windmill…Moulin de la Galette! The cookie is still made​​! Moulin de Galette became a popular place for festivals, party’s theaters and more. Moulin Le Radet and Moulin de la Galette are the only two remaining windmills of thirty who first stood on the hill Butte-Montmartre!

The three brothers of the Miller-Debray family are buried at Cimetière du Calvaire (the smallest cemetery of Paris). And on their grave stands a red windmill (which isn’t so red anymore). The red color symbolizes the many blood during the fight. The famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge owns his name to this little red windmill. Moulin du Galette is now privately owned and not open for visitors :( It’s also a bit hard to find/photograph because you have to look up!

And then, last but not least, the third windmill of Paris, Moulin le Radet. That’s the one you see on the picture. You can find this windmill in the same street, more or less hundred meter before Moulin du Galette. It’s a bit confusing because, in front of Moulin le Radet stands a Bistro named ”Moulin du Galette” (That’s in honor of Moulin du Galette) Of course a nice idea, but I think that 65% of the tourists gets confused and don’t know, which windmill is the right one. Fortunately, you read this post, and now you know exactly which ‘moulin’ is the right one! 

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La fontaine du Jardin Marco Polo, Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg, La fontaine du Jardin Marco Polo

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Pont Neuf, especially for the ‘Love Birds’

Pont Neuf sounds familiar to every romanticist. From all the bridges in Paris, this the most romantic one. It’s a tradition (especially among the tourists) to give your lover a big kiss on the bridge.

Pont Neuf
Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris, and was built between 1578 and 1604. With a length of 238 meters and 12 arches, it’s the third largest bridge of Paris. But what’s so special about it? It was Henry III who started in 1578 the construction of Pont Neuf. At the end of 1604 it was finished and Henry IV opened the bridge. It was the first inhabited bridge in Paris. I can hear you thinking, an inhabited is quite normal right? No, it used to be different when houses were built on bridges. The ultimate goal of Pont Neuf was to create a place where people could gallivant. It was a great success, Pont Neuf became a place for music, performances, duels, and of course to drive a trade.

Nowadays, the bridge is still a popular place in Paris. The bridge is especially popular because of its history, the incredible view and the romantic street lighting at night. Many couples come together to get a bit cozy. But.. mom and dad, please don’t get to cozy when I’m around, I’m still your daughter, ha! :D

Note: Halfway across the bridge you find a statue of Henry IV.

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10 facts about Paris!

ParisI love it to discover new things, especially about Paris. So, after the 10 facts about the Eiffel Tower, it’s time for some new fun facts about Paris! Did you know the following things about Paris?

1. Gare du Nord is the busiest train station of Europe!
2. It’s not allowed to drink alcohol at Champs du Mars? Unfortunately, no romantic picnics with a glass of ”vin rouge” for you guys :(
3. Paris has about 400 parks and more than 500.000 trees! When you look at the map of Paris, you see it immediately!
4. Of course you want to have a petit déjeuner with a ”traditional” croissant. But they aren’t so traditional as you think they are! The tourists love it but, the croissant comes officially out Austria!
5. Have you even seen a Parisian with his own lunchbox? Yes? Well, then you have seen a rare moment in the Parisian history. During their lunch break, they usually eat outside the door. No funny lunchboxes with Winnie the Pooh for them.
6. Maybe you do know that the hill where the Sacré Coeur stands is named ”Butte-Montmartre”. But do you also know that it means ”mountain of the martyr”. Butte-Montmartre owes his name to the martyrdom of Saint Denis, which I will blog about later. It’s a very interesting story!
7. The last hotel where Princess Diana has slept before the tragic accident is Hôtel Ritz. This hotel can be found at Place Vendôme. In 1997 Princess Diana visited the hotel with her boyfriend Dodi. The couple was taken away by a driver from the hotel and crashed near Pont de l’Alma. At Pont de l’Alma you will find a statue used for memory of Princess Diana.
8. With 200 movies each year, Paris is the most filmed city of France! Not very surprising, look at all the great places, subway stations, romantic streets and powerful buildings. There even seems to be a fake subway station, especially for movies! If I were a movie director, I know where to shoot my movie!
9. Paris receives every year, including myself, more than 44 million tourists!
10. Strangely enough, it’s not the Eiffel Tower which receives the most tourists (more than 6 million) each year. Also the Louvre doesn’t come close with his 5 million visitors. No, it’s Disneyland which gets the first place. With more than 13 million visitors each year, they beat everyone. Personally, I prefer to stand on top of the Eiffel Tower than stand in a row for a roller coaster…

There are many more fun facts about Paris which I’ll tell you later about! So, keep an eye on my blog and I´ll keep an eye on Paris!