The eternal symbol of Paris
This is me in front of the beautiful Eiffel Tower, viewed from the Trocadero...
Besides climbing the tower, if you decide to do so (it's a MUST DO for all the tourists that visit Paris for the first time and so you must be ready to wait in line for a long time to climb it), I highly recommend that you walk around this area - Champ de Mars, the park & green areas surrounding the tower and the fountains at the Trocadero are wonderful to take a walk or just sit down for a while and relax - and eat one of the snacks that are sold in the stands you'll find all over the place (warm waffles - called gauffres -, or crepes)... they're GREAT!!!
Since a couple of years ago - or so I heard, in 2007 - they started illuminating the Eiffel Tower with these lights that look like white "sparks" besides of the regular yellowish light that illuminates the monument permanently in the evenings. The sparks aren't permanent, they only display them for 5 mins. or so every hour, starting at 8:00 PM if I'm not wrong and up till midnight. It's an awesome view which I was able to appreciate both while being very close to the Tower and also from afar, while at the top of the Montparnasse Tower. The picture is terrible unfortunately, and it could never replace the REAL view.... but look at it just to get an idea of what it looks like!
Exposed well, to flank of small hill, the garden of Belleville is very pleasant. One cultivates more there grapevine (as in Montmartre). Since the garden, one has a very beautiful view on the capital. Since the superior terraces the visitors have a vast enough vision of Paris: Defense, the Efeil tower, Notre - Dame, the Pathéon...
Paris living theater of the Da Vinci Code !
Sur les pas de Robert Langdon...
" Da Vinci Code " de Dan Brown est certainement le roman le plus lu de ces derniers mois ! Plus de 4 millions de lecteurs américains, 12 millions d'exemplaires vendus à travers le monde, dont plus de 500 000 en France…les chiffres sont à la mesure du phénomène !
Ce thriller ésotérique, traduit dans plus de 35 langues, tient le lecteur en haleine de bout en bout par sa trame machiavélique, ses énigmes et ses décryptages. Il raconte l'enquête que mène Robert Langdon, spécialiste américain des symboles, sur la mort étrange du conservateur du Louvre, Jacques Saunière.
La recherche du meurtrier de Saunière va plonger Langdon et le lecteur dans la plus vaste énigme de tous les temps, au cœur même de la capitale française !
Plusieurs lieux clés jalonnent le roman : le Ritz, où dort Langdon, l'église Saint Sulpice, le musée du Louvre et ses alentours : ils font découvrir aux lecteurs la face cachée et mystérieuse de ces monuments parisiens…
Pour situer dans Paris les lieux clefs du livre, pour découvrir le Paris du " Da Vinci Code " traversons Paris en photos, sur les pas de Robert Langdon… On the steps of Robert Langdon...
" Da Vinci Code " of Dan Brown is certainly the read novel of this last months ! More of 4 millions of American readers, 12 millions of sold copies through the world, of which more than 500 000 in France… numbers are worthy of the phenomenon !
This esoteric thriller, translated in more of 35 languages, holds the reader in suspense of tip in tip by its machiavellian plot, its enigmas and its discoveries. It tells the investigation that Robert Langdon, American specialist of the symbols, on the death strange of the curator of the Louvre, Jacques Sauniere, leads.
The research of the murderer of Sauniere is going to plunge Langdon and the reader in the vast enigma of all times, to the very heart of the French capital !
Several key places stake out the novel: the Ritz, where sleeps Langdon, the church Saint Sulpice, the museum of the Louvre and its surroundings : they make the readers discover the hidden and mysterious face of these Parisian monuments…
To situate in Paris the places keys of the book, to discover the Paris of the " Da Vinci Code " cross Paris in photos, on the steps of Robert Langdon…
Here is a photo of a gift being prepared, in Paris, to send to the US.
For the story of this gift, see the Travelogue in my Colmar, France page. Colmar is the home town of the sculptor (and a beautiful town to visit).
And in return, the US congress changes the name of two menu items... "freedom" fries and "freedom" toast. Go figure.
Make sure you know if your train goes directly to Versailles or how many stops that particular train will be making.
I almost didn?t get off at the right place because I was told "X" number of stops before Versailles and the train only stopped "Y" number of times!
I did very much enjoy myself here, though it will not be top on my list the next time I visit Paris.