|Le Sénat, in the Jardins du Luxembourg|
As a general rule of thumb, I am a firm believer that you should take advantage of all the cool cultural things at your immediate disposal, and thus, I continue to slip into "tourist mode" for at least a few minutes of each day. Our weather has been so nice here the past few days that it has been rather pleasant to aimlessly wander through a random neighborhood and see what sorts of things I can find. Although I haven't officially "toured" anything yet, this coming Saturday & Sunday are "Journées du Patrimoine" (Heritage Days) where nearly every monument, museum, church, park, etc. is open totally free to the public, thus I am planning on squeezing in a few "real" visits then!
For now, here are some of the places I've been "touring"...
|10-story replicas of the Twin Towers at Trocadero|
|Replica of the Shroud of Turin|
|The Gnomon of Saint-Sulpice|
|"Cupid & Psyche" by Canova|
|L'Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel|
1. It was designed after the Arch of Constantine in Rome. Napoleon, as Emperor of France, wanted his Empire to emulate the greatness of the Roman Empire, so he copied their arch:
|Arch of Constantine, Rome (2008)|
|Bronze horses sit above the central mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice (2008)|
|Stereotypical Paris: flowers, statues, & those quintessential Parisian buildings in the background|
Located just down the street from my school, the Panthéon is today a secular mausoleum housing the tombs of famous French people. I didn't have time to go inside, so more about that later.
|Notre-Dame de Paris|
|4euro mojitos in the Marais!|