La Défense, Paris

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    The Huge Thumb at La Defense

    by easyoar Written Nov 20, 2004

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    I'm not quite sure what this thumb is supposed to symbolise. But is is huge, and a fairly intesrting art piece. You see some people taking some very cheesy pictures of people with their thumb extended (sorry I couldn't bring myself to post one here...).

    This sculpture can be found in La Defense which is the business park in Paris. This park is worth visiting for several reasons, and is one of my favourite 'unusual' parts of Paris.

    The Huge Thumb at La Defense
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    La Défense

    by xiquinho Updated Oct 23, 2004

    "La Defense", whose lines can be followed to the Arc de Triomphe, along the Champs-Élysées to the obelisk on Place de la Concorde, over the Tuileries gardens to the Louvre's Cour Carrée, assuming that the weather is clear and the air free of polluting tumes.

    This new business district is in the form of a group of towers more than 30 storeys high, which can be seen for several miles. A kiosk on the ground floor provides information on each of these Defense's ultra-modern architectural gems. From every last minute detail, the designers have paid attention to the surtace decoration, and have not ignored modern artists either. Sculptures, mosaics and fountains keep the eyes busy and break up the monotony.

    This business district is like a futuristic universe where form and content meet in beauty : Active and lively during the day, deathly silent at night. Not just office buildings, but a variety of things to see. Besides the different international trade fairs, exhibitions, concerts or theatrical performances that take place in the CNIT or on the roof of the Arche, you can find a wide variety of restaurants, stores, and outdoor shows. And, for several years, on June 21st, the official Holiday of Music "Fête de la Musique", La Défense hosts a great music festival that includes all sorts of side shows using light and water.

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    La Defense

    by nenzo Written Oct 11, 2004

    La Defense is a modern futuristic part of Paris. All the cars and Metro are running under the ground making it quite peaceful walking among all the amazing buildings.

    On the picture I am standing looking at Arc de Triomphe in the distance. Behind me is the modern Arc lying in the center of La Defense.

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    La Defence

    by nandywell Written Aug 17, 2004

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    I was pleasantly suprised when I visited this area. The enormity of the fantastic buildings reminded me of somewhere like New York, not Paris.They was a huge outdoor cinema showing the construction of the area over the past 15 years. If you stand at the great arch and look staight ahead you will see the Arc d'Triomph, in perfect line.

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    Football Crazy

    by LizD Updated Jun 30, 2004

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    Just wanted to share these photos with you
    this is as you turn around from the Grand Arche. On the left is a building with
    Tieri Henry kicking a football.

    And on the building to the right of the arch is what happens to the ball.
    (See next tip.)

    Tieri Henry kicks the ball
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    New and Modern achitecture

    by Toyin Written Jun 5, 2004

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    La Defence is an upcoming commercial center in Paris. It houses most important shoping complexes and most office appartments are located here. What makes it unique is the new concept of building design that vary widely from the old buildings you are used to in Paris centre.

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    Brilliant buildings

    by onecut Written May 26, 2004

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    Unfortunatley nearly everywhere was closed when we went here, yet it was nice as there was hardly anyone there. The buildings are fantastic, very modern. We sat and had coffee and watched a huge TV screen telling of the growth of the area, really interesting day out, dont miss it.

    Impressive buildings

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    LA DEFENSE.

    by Hosell Updated May 16, 2004

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    This is: La Defense.A new Paris quarter with a very modern arquitecture.You can see here the big arch of La defense!!.It is a very nice place to walk and see all skyscrapers,also you will find some bars,restaurants and shops but not many because mostly of the buildings there are of offices and big companies.

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    La defense

    by brmi Written Feb 3, 2004

    This place is really futuristic. Even new arc de triumfe is futuristic. There are a lot of comercial buildings. I have been in CNET. All are covered with glasses and are really magnificiant. If you go to Paris by business you'll probably go to La defense.

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    Paris's business center

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 25, 2003

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    From the west side of the Arc de Triumphe, you will notice some skyscrapers and another arch.
    This area, called 'La Defense' is the business center of Paris. It is said that this is the biggest one of Europe. Here, you will find many French and international multinationals.
    The hollow cube in the middle is called "La Grande Arche" and was built in 1989. Elevators will bring you to the top for another great view of Paris.

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    La defence

    by gaston_febus Updated Nov 28, 2003

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    Not strictly Paris but very close. There are loads of company head quarters here and a big shopping centre. There is also the grand arche and an interesting art trail. Go to the tourist information centre near to the fountains and the Malongo coffee place for more info

    la grand arche

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    La Défense

    by myrtle Written Nov 22, 2003

    Okay, well I've never actually been to La Défense in all the times I've visited Paris, but I've heard it's the business end of Paris. They put all the modern business buildings in one area of town so that they don't bring the rest of the city to look like a modern place and to keep the charm that is Paris. This picture of La Défense was taken from the Arc de Triomphe.

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    Unexpected suprise

    by ettenaj Written Oct 30, 2003

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    We got on the underground one afternoon and said we would get off at the end of the line.La Defence. I didnt know anything about the area and was extremely pleased that we had done this trip, and can now boast that I have seen it.

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  • Modern architecture outside of the ancient city

    by kedi+ Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    I used to study this place when I was in university times. It was a great bliss to live it 3 dimensional! For me it's a genious work! Some likes some dislikes La Defence. As Lorenzo disliked it and before enering the piazz he was always asking: Where is the people? But where are them? 8-)

    The Arc of La Defence and me

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    The 'hi-tech' area of Paris

    by Dee22 Written Sep 15, 2003

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    Another place you must go on your visit to Paris is the area 'La Défense' outside the center of the city. This area makes you feel like being in the middle of a big modern American city, with a bunch of skyscrapers and a lot of special architechture.
    Take the metro there, and take your time to wander around, and maybe visit the huge shopping center located near the Grande Arc (which you can read more about in it's own section).

    A view of the area from inside the Grande Arc

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