Thursday, July 16, 2009

Paris Remnants

One of the monuments that I'd definitely go back to Paris for, is the Panthéon. Formerly meant to be a church, it is now known as a famous burial place. Isn't it amazing that a nation thinks about having all her greats buried in a single place!?!

The Arc de Triomphe honours all those who've fought for France, especially during the Napoleonic wars. Similar to the Amar Jawan Jyoti, the Arc de Triomphe also pays homage to the tomb of the unknown soldier.

The Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris and houses the obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle. It is an ancient Egyptian obelisk, but has no connection whatsoever with Cleopatra!

The Galeries Lafayette is a huge, French department store, not unlike many malls in other parts of the world.

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a famous Roman Catholic Basilica and is a landmark in the city. It is situated at the highest point in the city and we trudged up many a stairs to get to its sacred heart! It was well worth it, may I add!

The Catacombs of Paris are an underground ossuary, which resulted out of the overwhelming congestion of the city's many cemeteries! The walk through the ossuary was extremely eerie, to say the least! Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of bones seemed to cover every available speck of space, each carefully and neatly arranged to fit into the whole geometry of skulls and more bones!

Les Invalides is most well known for being the burial place of some of France's war heroes, especially Napoleon Bonaparte. More broadly, it is a collection of museums and monuments that document France's military history. Originally, it was meant to only be a retirement home and hospital for France's war veterans.

Centre Georges Pompidou is a curiously designed complex that is home to a library and a museum, in addition to a few other things.

Finally, a glimpse of some Parisian food:

French Onion Soup

Coq au Vin (Chicken in Wine)

Salmon Something!


Blogger ani_aset said...

super pictures da :) are my Nat Geo :P

8:55 PM  
Blogger supernova said...

:-) Glad I'm of help!

3:41 PM  

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