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Paris by Day & Night…

Tour Eiffel - By Night

The Tour Eiffel is not to be missed by night. We took the metro and got off at Trocadero and walked from the Palais de Chaillot gardens across the Seinr. It gave a fabulous view and some excellent photo opportunities. We arrived just before dark and visited a cafe for a nice dessert and got a great light show after dark.

By day one can stop by the world’s largest triumpial arch. This was another piece of Napoleon’s creation to celebrate the victory of his  Grand Armee.  You can arrive by metro and get the opportunity to get a magnificant view from above by either taking the stairs or elevator. One can see that there are vehicles surrounding as the arc is in a major traffic intersection or “roundabout”.
 
I had visited this arc before in 2007 with former classmates. This was one of our last attractions we saw, as we spent the day prior at EuroDisney. It certainly was fun, even for the big kid. I love theme parks.
 

Windmills of Moulin Rouge

 We stayed in Montmartre, with its steep hills and staircase streets. It is one of the most beautiful neighbourhood in Paris.  We spent some time just exploring the streets, climbing many stairs and getting a view at Sacre Coeur. We also found the windmills on rue Lepic and at iconic Moulin Rouge
 

Dinner cruise on the Seine

Riverboats frequent the Seine.The architecture along this river is well-lit, enabling the river to really see them glow. We did not have the opportunity, but can only imagine on a warm night looking on and reaching out to these wonder pieces of art.

 
Paris is a city to overflowing with culture and screams of an amazing lifestyle. I guess Rural Newfoundland has more in common with this urban metropolitan center than one would think. It is a great place to visit and experience.
 
Live Rural NL -
Christopher Mitchelmore
 

Emperor Napoleon’s Tomb – Paris, France

The Napoleonic Wars had an impact on the settlement on the Island of Newfoundland during 1803-1815. The withdrawal of the warring nations from the salt cod fishery gave Newfoundland a monopoly in such a lucrative industry. During these years prosperity came with increase in standards of living and brought great social change.

While in France, my mother and I visited the Hotel des Invalides and Napoleon’s Tomb.

Napolean's Tomb

Dome Artwork

Miniature of the Hotel des Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb

The Invalides complex with Dome Church, built in 1670 was a military hospital. It has beautiful gardens, which are lined by canons. There is a focus of Napoleon’s life and death.

It is one of the places you can see while in France.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher Mitchelmore

Transport – Paris France; A Fixed Link?

"Metropolitain" Paris, France

 In rural Newfoundland, geography makes it quite difficult to walk to conduct daily business. Myself, commute 50 kilometers to work each day. The city of Paris has two million people, but the metropolitan area has nearly 12 million people, which means many commutors. Europeans boast an active lifestyle, with many walkers, bicyclists and commuters by an excellent public transit system.

 After arriving in Paris, France, I made sure to purchase my tickets for the Metropolitain as a quick and efficient way to get around several parts of the city.

I question our government, why isn’t Canada investing more into public transit and high speed trains. A high speed train could easily connect Calgary, AB and Edmonton, AB. These two large oil cities of the west have two high traffic airports and a less than three hour drive between the twin cities of just over 1 Million people, a high speed train would be a good investment. Better infrastructure is needed connecting larger urban centers of Canada, such as Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Intercity connections could also be established with corresponding US cities, such as New York, Detroit and Buffalo. In rural Newfoundland, the Trans-Labrador Highway needs continued paving. Quebec continues to complete Route 138, which will link the North Shore to larger urban centers, such as Montreal.

It is time for Quebec’s Ministry of Transport and Newfoundland & Labrador‘s Department of Transportation, Services and Works to work together to ensure that projects are on the same timelines. A fixed link can be established connecting the island portion of the province to Mainland Canada.

The Channel Tunnel (referred to as Chunnel), connects the United Kingdom and France by an undersea rail tunnel which is 50 kilometers in length. It has been operating since 1994. The Strait of Belle Isle distance is 15 km at its narrowest point. It can be done!

This needs to be placed on the political agenda of the government. It is time for our politicians to be fighting for advanced transportation networks. Let’s create a stronger voice for a stronger Canada.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher Mitchelmore

Musee du Louvre – Paris, France

 
Outside the “Musee du Louvre“, Paris, France
 

In November 2010, my mother and I travelled to Paris. Two rural residents of a village with 162 residents, hit the big city which has a population of 12 million people in the metropolitan area.

One of the first places we ventured was the Musee du Louvre. Below is an image of the dining room of Napoleon’s Apartments. The Richelieu Wing of the Louvre Museum features a  “Napoleon’s Apartments”. My mother and I were amazed by the lavish luxury enjoyed by Napoleon. The high vaulted ceilings, gold embellishments, fine pieces of art and unique pieces of French furniture.

 
Dining Room at “Napolean’s Apartments”

Venus de Milo

We walked for hours at this museum and certainly was unable to see the many impressive works of art. There are many hallways of paintings from French, Italian, Spanish and other world reknown painters. We enjoyed the section on Greek, Egyptian and Iranian  pieces as well. Another highlight was seeing the Mona Lisa. After much viewing we stopped for lunch at the museum cafe.
 
 

Chambers of Art and Antiquities

You can avoid traffic by getting an early start. You can avoid waiting in line for tickets by using the automatic ticket machines in the lobby. As well it is best to do your research. Find out in advance what are key areas of culture you are interested. You could spend hours in just one wing. We had a plan and thoroughly enjoyed the amazing wonders of the Louvre before spending the afternoon outside breathing in more of the Parisian lifestyle.
 
Live Rural NL -
Christopher Mitchelmore
 
 
 
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