Sunday, February 17, 2013

Visiting La Defense in Paris

Our last hotel in Paris was the Hilton in La Defense, the business district of Paris. It is also at one en of the historical axis ("Axe historique") or the Triumphal Way ("Voie Triomphale").

image from Wikipedia

At the other end is the Louvre. And, in between are places such as the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, and the Luxor Obelisk.

The large monument in La Defense is this large, cube-shaped arch known as the Grand Arche which was completed in 1989. It was built as a monument to humanity and humanitarian ideals. My brother and daughter are climbing the many steps in this picture!

And, here's a picture of the Grand Arche from the distance. On the left side, close to the arch, is a mall called The Four Times (or "Les Quatres Temps"). We shopped and ate here as our hotel is just to the right of this monument.

And here's the view (zoomed in) from the top of the steps of the Grand Arche. You can see down the busy street of Champs-Elysees to the Arch de Triomphe.

On our last morning in France, we split up and I took a photo walk while the others shopped. Here's a better view of Champs-Elysees and the Arche de Triomphe. I really wish we would have went to the top of the Arche and looked back towards La Defense!

A very neat looking water-fall.
An interesting sculpture.
A self-portrait (& I did do a little shopping... for sweets! Ha!)

I played with my camera's settings... a black & white with the colorful fountain in
front and the Grand Arche in the back.

Images of buildings in a building (in b&w).

Another self-portrait with another setting...
And the "Carrousel; Jules Verne". This was so amazing with the beautiful artwork!

I tried to read it when I got home, but had trouble sticking with it. I loved these images though!

And, with that, we left Paris... and France...

1 comment:

Karen said...

Oh Dana, I just read and drooled over all your photos from France. What an amazing experience for Alex. I just love all the places you have gotten to go. That is the kind of life I would love to be able to give Keilee, traveling around all over the world! I love the sculptures, the view, the carrousel, all of it!! How awesome!!!!

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