When I arrived to Place Vendôme one day in July 2010 there was a photo shoot going on. I felt very sorry for the model as she had to stand there still for quite a while and to wear a coat with a temperature of 34°C (93°F). By the way, do you notice the blue door in this photo?
From the restaurant Georges, located on level 6 of the Centre Pompidou, you have a panoramic view of the town. In April 2007 I took a break on the terrace of the restaurant and drank the most expensive mineral water of my life...
The French architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646-1708) was one of the most important European architects of the 17th century. His work is generally considered to be the apex of French Baroque architecture, representing the power and grandeur of Louis XIV. Among his best known works in Paris are the Pont Royal, the Église Saint-Roch, the Chapel Saint Louis des Invalides and the Place Vendôme. This monument is located in the garden in front of L´Hôtel National des Invalides.
Since 1977 the fashion museum Musée Galliera (also known as Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris) is located within a 19th century palace formerly owned by the Duchess Galliera in the 16th arrondissement. I haven´t yet visited this museum, which is currently closed for renovation, but I have already put it on my to-do list for one of my future trips to Paris.
Although I have already been to Paris several times, I have never entered one of the Ladurée stores. So far I contented myself with adoring the sweet treats through the windows... This is a photo from June 2008, I like the pastel colours of the boxes.
This statue is located in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Anne of Austria (1601-1666), born in Valladolid, Spain, was the daughter of Philipp III of Spain and Margaret of Austria. At the age of 11, she was engaged to Louis XIII, in 1615 they were married by proxy and Anne became Queen of France at the tender age of 14. Only at the age of 37, after four miscarriages, she gave birth to Louis XIV (1638-1715), later known as the Sun King. Two years later Philippe I was born. After the death of her husband she assumed the regency, but entrusted the government to Caridinal Mazarin. When Louis XIV officially came of age, her regency ended and she retired to the Convent of Vâl-de-Grace where she died of breast cancer in 1666.
I discovered these colourful tables and chairs in front of a shop vis à vis the Centre Pompidou and fell in love with them right away. I wish my apartment had a balcony where I could make use of the green table and chairs.