Saint Denis is a city located just outside of Paris city limits in the north and it's where you can find the splendid Basilica Cathedral. This place was founded in the 7th century by king Dagobert and became the burial place for kings of France as you can see on the picture. It really is a very interesting place to visit that you can easily access with the subway and that unfortunately tourist often miss.
The Paris Mosque is the largest one in France. It was built in 1926 in the mudejar style. It can be visited and you can also find a nice Café to enjoy a mint tea and oriental pastries and you can also spend time in the sauna.
Yesterday we had a great evening picnic on the Seine river bank looking at the sunset over the Louvre (right side) and the bridges.
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Yesterday as I was passing by La Madeleine church going to a meeting I couldn't help taking a picture of the people having lunch on the stairs where this year they've put all these flowers.
Now, showing you the giant columns of the Church entrance I realize that I've never posted any picture of it so far.
Today we are welcoming our friends from Canada and the weather is finally hot and sunny which will give me photo opportunities while showing them the city.Have a great week-end everyone !
This building is the Arabic World Institute in Paris located on the Seine river bank. It is a cultural institute to promote exchanges between France and the Arab World. The building itself was deigned by French architect Jean Nouvel. The windows you can see on the side are opening and closing apertures according to the sun. On top of the building you can find a nice desk from which you have a great view on Notre Dame Cathedral.
Yesterday I told you about the "Fête de la Musique" so here is a little "best of" what I saw and heard ! (Click on picture to enlarge). As I told you it was a great variety of styles !
I made a short video with my phone of one of our favorite place where we go every year. It's the Tigresses Diatoniques band, an old fashioned band distributing the lyrics before playing the songs so that everyone can sing. If you want to have a look I published it on You Tube (click her to watch)
Yes today is the first day of summer and honestly you would never believe it is considering the 11 degrees we have this morning in Paris. Well, the weather people say it's going to warm up this week ... let's hope they're right.
Anyway on the first day of summer, France is celebrating Music with the "Fêtes de la Musique" (Music feast). This event started in 1982 and spread to more than 100 countries worldwide.
During the whole day and night people will be playing music and singing in streets, bars , stages ... You can find any kind of music you like from pop to jazz and classical to rap performed by one single artist or big bands.The lady on my picture it not playing for the event but she's a street artist you can see in Montmartre. I thought her picture would suit today's theme and I do not have pictures of today's artists yet. By the way it should not rain today so let's have fun ... after work of course !
Every Sunday the expressway along the river is closed to car and left to pedestrian, rollers, bikes and ... fishermen ! Isnt'it great to fish on the Seine at the bottom of the Pont Neuf ?
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Today France is celebrating ... not the very poor football match that our team produced yesterday at the World cup, but we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the "Appeal of June 18th". This "appeal" is a famous speech by the General de Gaulle that he pronounced on the BBC radio in 1940 in order to call French for resistance to the German army. You can read the speech translation on wikipedia.
This stature is the one you find on the Champs Elysées.
I must admit than even though I usually never watch football, the World Cup is something special. You can find hundreds of cafés like this one where people gather and watch TV together in a friendly atmosphere. Tonight will be France second match in South Africa and since our team is rather in a bad situation lately, this match is expected to be good for them.
Apart from all these little places, Paris is also offering 2 giant screens for football fans. One is in the Charlety stadium located in the 13th arrondissement (south) and the other one is on the Trocadero Plaza in front of the Eiffel tower. I'll try to get a picture to show it to you.
By the way what we call Football in Europe, and I guess all over the world except in the US, is what my American friends call soccer.
Great Paris blogger Virginia (Paris Through my Lens blog) arrived in Paris and I know she's got that thing with the "Red Paris" so it's for for Virginia !
For all others, as you can see if you look at how people are dressed in this typical Café, even though summer is supposed to be nearly here we are not having the weather we should (12° this morning !).
Like many countries France is fully into the Football World Cup going on in South Africa (wish our team were too!). Not an hour without football talks ! This past weekend I was in Montmartre and I saw this guy doing a very good street show with his ball in front of the Sacre Coeur Basilica.
Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement is located on the highest hill of Paris and if you've been here you should know what I'm talking about. We then have a lot of stairs like that one and I thought black and white was the good choice for the romantic style given by these two couples.
This beautiful building entrance is the " Ecole National d'Administration" (ENA) Parisian offices on the rue de l'Observatoire in the 6th arrondissement not far from the Luxembourg gardens. The school itself has move to Strasbourg a major city in the east of France but they still have offices in Paris like this one with this Arabic looking entrance.
The school is known in France for being the one where more politicians go. The writing on top of the door is France national motto "Liberty Equality Fraternity".
During the 2 weeks of the Roland Garros Tennis tournament, an event is ongoing in front of the City Hall where you can watch live matches on a giant screen and also see some players on a small tennis ground installed there. You can see it on my last year post: " Want to play" .