The "Fontaine des Quatres Saisons" (Fountain of the Four Seasons) is a monumental 18th-century public fountain in Rue de Grenelle. It was executed by Edmé Bouchardon, royal sculptor of King Louis XV, and opened in 1745. The Fountain was the largest and most ornate of the thirty fountains built in Paris in the 18th century to provide drinking water to the city´s residents.
Today is the French National Day - it commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison on 14 July 1789. The anniversary was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation. Last year I was in Paris on 14 July, but neither saw the military parade on the Champs Elysées nor the fireworks in the evening. I really messed this day up...
When I was in Paris in July 2010, it was very hot. This father and his son (obviously tourists - look at their shoes) tried to cool down by putting their feet in the fountain at the Palais Royal and then simultanously put on their socks. Click here for the before photo.
Yesterday I saw the movie "Les petits mouchoirs" (Little White Lies). One scene was shot in a square that I recognized immediately: Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine in the Marais. Click here for the trailer of the movie which I can highly recommend.
Visiting Paris includes a lot of "faire la queue" (to line up) at the important sights. I think the longest waiting lines are at the Eiffel Tower, that´s why I´ve not yet been able to go to the very top of her. Seeing all those people lined up, I always decided to climb up by foot, but this way I only reached the second floor.