Baron: Paris (August 2007)
Foucault's pendelum swings in the
The pendulum swings in a plane that gradually shifts around during the
day, providing a neat demonstration of physics.
museum is ultra-modern yet built within a rennovated train
station. Here is a view of the main aisle of sculpture under
the train station's arching ceiling.
The clock from the old train station has been preserved carefully.
Here is the
cathedral in the afternoon sunlight. I took photos of the stained-glass
windows, but unfortunately they did not get developed properly. Maybe the
time for a digital SLR camera has arrived...
The main entrance to the
is through a glass pyramid, which is surrounded by the older museum buildings.
There is also a smaller upside-down pyramid, whose structure can be seen here.
The collection is huge, and includes Egyptian sculpture,
the coronation crown of Louis XV, a work by Michelangelo,
and Venus of Milo.
museum, which is quite close to the Notre Dame, has rather spooky
looking heads of ancient French kings. There are also amazing
tapestries of a lady with a unicorn, but the lighting did not
enable me to take any photos.
The museum resides in a rather old dwelling, with fancy
was a magnificent estate that Louis XIV constructed for his upscale residence
(also known as a palace). Here is a chapel in the palace.
Although the palace was constructed during the monarchy, following the
French revolution this replica of Napoleon was installed.
Besides the palace, the estate features beautiful gardens and
many beautiful fountains. Here we see an interesting system of
fountains that sprinkle on vegetation within a small amphi-theater.
The effect is quite striking.
Here we see the palace in the background, while the gardens
and striking water fountains appear in the foreground.
Many of the fountains involve sculptures of animals, mythological
figures, etc. This must have been the state of the art when they were
constructed. (Note that the fountains in this photo can be seen in
the background right below the palace in the previous picture.)
houses various cultural collections, including a modern art museum.
The external aspects of the building seem to hint at the modern content.
The Picasso museum
has some nice collections, including this sculpture.
The Rodin museum contains
many scultpures by Rodin, including the one below.
war museum resides in the Invalides hotel. The museum contains many
historic artifacts; here is a horse in full armor.
Cannons from different eras lean against the wall.
is a large business district, which extends the axis that runs from the
Arc de Triomphe
several more miles to the west.
At the end of the complex is a sky-scraper with a grand arch in the middle.
Here is a view from the top of the arch back toward the city.
And here is a view from the elevator going to the top of the arch in
the opposite direction. The diverging highways suggest that the
grand axis will not be lengthened further.
The vertical structure on the left of the grand arch itself
is the tourist elevator.
The visit to La Defense can be completed by walking to the
Arc de Triomphe.
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