La Grande de Arch, La Defense; Come to my 'Window'

>> Sunday, October 3, 2010

-I went to Paris for  the first time bacpacking with my friend in 1995, summer holiday. We spent 3 days in Paris and stayed at a cheap motel. As we were student, money was tight and Youth Hostel in Paris was the fisrt choice but it was packed with students who were also traveling since it  was summer holiday. Grande de Arch was my last stop before going back to London after visiting many places in Paris. I  took a metro alone from Gare du Nord to La Defanse station  to go to Grande de Arch. I  was really excited to see the building and planned the whole day there to take photos. Gare is station in French. My friend and I decided to go different places and meet back at Gare Du Nord before we headed back to London that evening by Eurostar. It was my fist time taking subway in Paris because all others places we went sight seeing by foot.

For your information, Paris is a compact city and much of it can be covered by foot especially  the primary sightseeing spots like Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Pompidou Centre. The rapid subway or underground railway system here is called Metro. Taking metro is one of the best ways if you want to go sight seeing in Paris. It is fast, efficient and  easy and you save lots of time and most places of interest in Paris are  just short walking distance from the Metro stations.

This magnificent concrete monolith, 'simple and poetic'

'Like an open cube, a window open upon the world,
a brief pause on the road and a glance towards the future'
The building somehow  reminds me of a popular song in 1995 by 'Melissa Etheridge'

Come to my window
Crawl inside, wait by the light of the moon,
Come to my window
I'll be home soon

'A cloud in the sky' brings life to the building

The  lift passageway
 The lift will take you to the roof  top of the building
to enjoy the view of Paris. 


Ezao' Edogawa October 4, 2010 at 3:09 AM  

loves all the pictures inside ur blog! realy nice!

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