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Traveling to Normandy for D-Day and WWII Memorial

Normandy Landings, D-Day: June 6, 1944 The Normandy landings (code name Operation Neptune) occurred on Tuesday June 6, 1944.  It was on this day that the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II took place.  The landings commenced beginning at 6:30 am British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, as for most Allied operations, the term D-Day was used for the day of the actual […]

Place de la Bastille

The Place de la Bastille is a square in Paris that touches 3 different arrondissements, the 4th, 11th, and 13th.  It’s the site where the Bastille prison stood until the ‘Storming of the Bastille’ occurred.  It was then subsequently destroyed between 14 July 1789 and 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution.  The Bastille Metro station close to the July Column which is […]

Flame of Liberty

The Flame of Liberty monument in Paris is easy to get to and worth a quick stop when you are looking for things to do. The Flame of Liberty is a full size, gold-leaf-covered replica of the same flame held by the Statue of Liberty in New York City.   The Flame of Liberty has now become an […]

Pont Alexandre III

This famous arch-bridge, built between 1896 and 1900 reflects the same styles used in the Grand Palace.  The Pont Alexandre III bridge crosses the Seine and connects Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides quarter.  Featuring prominent architecture and four gilt-bronze statues of Fames, this bridge is visible from many area Paris and is sure to be used while vacationing.  Many Paris […]

The Luxor Obelisk

Standing at the center of the Place de la Concorde, the Luxor Obelisk rises 23 meters high.  Taken from its original home in the Luxor Temple in Egypt the Luxor Obelisk now resides in Paris.  The Obelisk is a yellow granite column and weighs over 250 metric tons (280 short tons). It is decorated extensively with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the […]

Napoleon’s Tomb (Les Invalides)

Located in the rear of Les Invalides is the site of Napoleon’s Tomb.  This tomb is in the Eglise du Dome Church which is unmistakable with it’s gold Dome rising above the Hotel des Invalides. In February of 1821 Napoleon’s health began to fail rapidly.  He died two days later, after confession, Extreme Unction and Viaticum in the presence of Father […]

Pont Neuf (New Bridge)

The Pont Neuf or ‘New Bridge’ is actually the oldest bridge in Paris.  This is a must-see bridge in Paris if you are looking for things to do or see near the Louvre and Notre Dame de Paris.  The Pont Neuf is composed of two separate spans, one consists of five arches joining the left […]

The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l’Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.  The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historic axis – a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which goes from the […]