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Paris trip - 2006 March 20 to 23
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de St. Vincent, Rue Lucien Gaulard, 18e with chateau d'eau and
Sacré Cœur behind
only remaining vineyard in Paris on the corner of Rue des Saules, 18e
and Rue Saint Vincent
tower (chateau d'eau) in Rue du Mont Cenis, 18e
down Rue du Mont Cenis from near the water tower
du Mont Cenis near Place du Tertre, Montmartre
Cœur from Place Saint Pierre
Municipal des Eaux de Paris , Montmartre waterworks. The stylised ships
on the gates are from the city's coat of arms.
metro in Boulevard de Rochechouart, 18e / 9e
Place de la Concorde
on the Grand Palais
des Invalides from near …
Pont Alexandre III
de la Conférence, 8e (between Pont de l'Alma and Pont
des Invalides) see this page and this page
Place de l'Alma
piece of street furniture in Place de l'Alma bearing the arms and motto
of Paris: Fluctuat nec mergitur: it is tossed by the waves but it
does not sink.
(now) world famous underpass beside the Pont de l'Alma where Henri
Paul crashed the car he was driving on 1997 Aug 31.
full-sized copy of the flame of the main Statue
of Liberty. Near Pont de l'Alma presented to Paris by the International
Herald Tribune in 1987.
93 quai d'Orsay
Musée des Egouts de Paris
Museum, opposite 93 quai d'Orsay, 7e near the Pont de l'Alma.
Clearly the most important museum in Paris. Study
of a standard sewer access manhole. On the left is the manhole cover and
the tool used to raise it. From then on I kept seeing these covers in the
streets - which is not difficult since they are about every 50 metres and
on the pavements - unlike Thames Water's which are in the road.
sewers carry the water mains (drinking and non-drinking) plus telephone
cables and (obsolete?) pneumatic tubes. Gas and electricity mains are excluded
for safety reasons.
tablet records Napoleon III's contribution to the development of the sewers.
In his "Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène", Napoleon 1ere
confrimed that the extension of the sewer system, although not very well
known, was one of the greatest services he had rendered to the Nation.
1911, the last open sewer was closed over. It was in fact the Bièvre
river, which flows through the 13e and 14e arrondissements
and enters the Seine near Austerlitz station.
ball used for scouring syphons. Inspiration for this
image in Raiders of the Lost Ark?
how the sewers syphon under the Seine two or three times on their way to
the Achères Sewage Treatment Plant.
to take big stuff down into the sewers.
d'Orsay with the Grand Palais behind. The working boats on the Thames have
not yet worked out that you get better control if you push a barge rather
than pulling it.
street lamp and the Grand Palais
Alexandre III with the Petit Palais behind.
OTT street lamp in Place de la Concorde. I think there is a CCTV camera
neatly concealed in the top of it.
d'Arc who failed to wrest Paris from Anglo-Burgundian control. Seen
here in Place des Pyramides.
The Eiffel Tower
from Montmartre. For ten minutes "at the top of each hour" thousands of
camera-style flash lights go off randomly giving an interesting twinkling
Britain has nothing that comes even half way to matching the splendour
of Versailles (which is one of the reasons why they had a revolution and
we did not).
of Saint Roch on Rue St-Honoré
in Rue de Rivoli from …
Palais-Royale, Musée du Louvre Métro station
of Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens
(the Métro). An interesting take on the "circle and line" logo of
London Underground. I think the line is meant to represent the Seine (as
well as a face).
Forest Hill near Porte de la Villette Métro station. I cannot image
why anyone should want to name an hotel after this not
very exciting bit of south east London. But then if the Boulevard Macdonald
in which it stands is named after a burger company, anything is possible.
des Sciences & de l'Industry beside Parc de la Villette
Géode is an IMax cinema
main Cité building reflected in the Géode
This is the picture I let them take on entry to their Biometrics
French boulangerie on the corner of Rue Duhesme and Rue Marcadet, 18e
look" (as I kept saying every 50 metres to annoy Lesley) "here is a manhole
cover giving access to the sewer". In …
de la Fontaine du But, 18e looking towards Lamarck-Caulaincourt
same with an all-important sewer manhole.
There are plenty of recent graves in the cemetery. Apparently you can
lease a plot for thirty years, at the end of which time presumably you
are evicted to a less notable cemetery in the suburbs!
family but we like the way the figures appear to be part of the rock.
Édouard Désiré Branly - inventor of wireless telegraphy
(at least that is what the French claim).
Chopin and Ingres
Fontaine and Molière
do they need a sewer in a cemetery?
on the house in Westland Row
where Oscar was born and his tomb by Jakob Epstein in this cemetery.
night this véhicule [a bus] turns into a Noctilien".
of the twentieth arondissement in Place Gambetta.
la gloire de la République Française" in Place de la République.
look here is a manhole cover giving access to the sewer" in Rue du Temple
close to Place de la République.
of Rue Réamur and Boulevard de Sébastopol.
roof a Eurostar train and one of its shared bogies.
agglomeration of Rouen (on the Seine downstream from Paris) is currently
running an advertising campaign in Paris. To judge by this poster you would
think they were the first people to invent a lift bridge. OK. It will be
lift bridge in Europe. More pictures.
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