UNESCO World Heritage
Since 1991 the Banks of the Seine are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here is, what it says about it on the official UNESCO World Heritage webpage:
From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand and Petit Palais, the evolution of Paris and its history can be seen from the River Seine. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle are architectural masterpieces while Haussmann's wide squares and boulevards influenced late 19th- and 20th-century town planning the world over.
Confucius Gets Colonial at Pompidou Center
Here is where you'll meet representatives from each of France's historical colonies and possessions. In my photo you can see the Vietnamese guy on the left and the Ivory Coast characters on the right. I don't know where that tall robot in the middle came from but it was in no mood to help me find any French Polynesian dancers in this cultural quiche that ended up being a quick lunch. I had never seen so many Africans in one place! (Still haven't been to Africa) Visiting the Pompidou Center somehow reminded me of riding the elevators of Hong Kong's Chungking Mansion. I felt cramped in a small space at the modern art gallery surrounded by these French speaking Africans, only they wore designer clothes instead of tribal robes. Once outside I slowly became acclimated to the African cultures until this giant robot came out of nowhere and scared the merde out of me. I tried to photograph this space invader but as you can see his hand was faster than my eye and so I clicked and ducked and got the cluck out of that cross cultural chicken coop faster than Lance Armstrong to finish my first and only Tour de France.
(2006 update: I returned to Paris this year for my second visit but stayed away from the Pompidou Center.)
One more classical ET view
Those canons of water in the Trocadéro gardens, I only saw them working once, just before I took this picture. After 10 minutes waiting for the sun to brighten my photo, when the clouds finally cleared, they turned the water off! Maybe next time then, next summer, assuming they only do that once a year or when a blue moon is over Paris.
GOOD FRIDAY IN MONTMARTRE
When I arrived to visit the Sacre Coeur I was surprised to find a lot of policeman and crowds of people. After enquiring, I found out that the Stations of the Cross was about to take place. This entails people singing hymns walking, kneeling and praying their way up the stairs into the church.
WHERE TO LEAVE MY LUGAGES
A: AUTOMATIC LUGGAGE SAFE:
* Angers, Avignon-centre, Bordeaux, Cannes, Lyon-Perrache, Marne –la Vallée Chessy, Marseilles, Nantes, Nice, Paris Austerlitz/Est/Lyon/Montparnasse/Nord, Toulouse.
En gare de Paris Montparnasse.
You will pay by cash (Card sometimes accepted) depending of the size.
Rates: 3,40 € (1), 5 € (1) ou 7,5 € (1) for 72 hours.
Paris-Montparnasse, you can pay with cash or card.
B- MANUAL LUGGAGE SAFE:
** Dijon, Lille-Flandres, Lyon-Part Dieu, Metz, Mulhouse, Rennes, Strasbourg. Ouverture périodique en gares de Saint-Raphaël, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Moutiers et Saint-Gervais-les-Bains.
Rate: 4,50 € (1) per lugage (valise, colis), and per day (24 hours), 5,30 € (1) per bike, wheel chair, etc... per day (24 hours)
(1) Rates on 01/08/2002.
ATTENTION: it may be closed for security issue. ATTENTION:
for security reasons, you cannot leave electronics and alarm clock in the lugages....