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Continued from Paris III...

We stumbled upon this by accident...honest! It's the Princess Diana Memorial located at Place de l'Alma. The gold flame is a copy of the Statue of Liberty flame. It sits above the infamous tunnel where Princess Diana died in 1997.
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Some messages to the departed "people's princess."
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Now for something a little different...We decided to visit the underbelly of Paris or "Les Egouts de Paris." Yup, your French is correct, we did a tour of the Parisian sewer system!
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Daniel navigating a tunnel.
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One of the flushing boats or bateau-vanne.
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Hmmm, where do these go?
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Another flushing machine.
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Les Egouts (cont.)
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Les Egouts (cont.)
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A final shot from Les Egouts.
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From below society to high society...the world famous Galleries Lafayette department store.
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No, that's not the interior of the Paris Opera House (even though it's ornate enough). It's actually the main gallery of Galleries Lafayette (arguably the world's greatest department store).
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More Galleries Lafayette. Nobody is allowed to ask how much I spent here!
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Now this is an Opera House! Or more correctly, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier. This is the just the rear of the building.
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And from the front the Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier.
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Palais-Royal.
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That same afternoon we took the métro out to La Défance.
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A pedestrian highway of sorts.
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La Défense is a major business district for Paris (and Europe). The district holds many of Paris' tallest high-rises and its built-form is relatively new compared to the rest of the city.
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La Défence may not provide that typical postcard shot of Paris, but it's pretty amazing in its own right. Also, art installations play an important role in humanizing the district.
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A view down Esplanade du Général de Gaulle towards La Grande Arche.
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La Cheminée d'Aération sculpture by Raymond Moretti.
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Résidence Lorraine is part of La Défence's residential component.
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Coeur Défense.
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A close-up of the windows on the Tour Ariane.
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A colourful waterfall.
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Tour EDF (Électricité de France).
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Tour Total (which is the 2nd tallest skyscraper in Paris after Tour Montparnasse).
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The French seem to have a passionate need to put a piece of art in any open space they come across (which isn't always a bad idea).
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Part of Les Quatre Temps complex.
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La Défense even has a church! Notre Dame de Pentecôte (which has been awarded various architectural awards).
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La Grande Arche is La Défense's preeminent landmark, and distantly on axis with L'Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées.
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simply Dan at the foot of La Grande Arche. The two sides of the Arche house government offices.
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Looking soth-east back through La Défense towards L'Arc de Triomphe.
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Palais du CNIT (a convention centre & hotel complex).
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An art installation on the other side of La Grande Arche.
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La Grande Arche's external elevator system.
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Inside Palais du CNIT.
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Paris V coming soon!
 

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