FROM The man in the front seat / June 6, 2015

Montmartre & it’s artists (Paris)

General Located on a 130m (425ft) hill in the north of Paris, Montmartre is one of the true icons of Paris. The district is famed for Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which crowns the hill, the church of Sainte Pierre de Montmartre, which claims to be where the Jesuit order was founded and of course it’s Place du Tertre, home of the artists. The districts present name recalls the martyrdom of Saint Denis, Bishop of Paris and today Patron Saint of France, who was decapitated there around 250AD thus giving […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 8, 2014

The Louvre (Paris)

With more the 60,600m² (652,300ft²) of floor space make the Louvre the one of the largest Museums in the world. As a result almost 10 million people visit each year to admire some of the 380,000 objects the museum has in its collection. The Building When people think of museums they normally think of stale, sterile almost hospital like structures, no in Paris. The Louvre is housed in the Louvre Palace, a fortress begun in the 12th century by the then King Phillip II and once residence of the King […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 6, 2014

Moulin Rouge

Paris at the end of the 19th century was a place full of progress and optimism, industry was booming to the point where World Fairs were held in 1889, with unveiling of the Eiffel Tower and again in 1900, which gave us the expresso machine. This period in France would be later referred to ask Belle Époque or in English the “Beautiful Era” Origins It was in this atmosphere that on 6th October 1889, the Moulin Rouge opened in the Jardin de Paris at the base of Montmartre on the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 9, 2013

Louvre Pyramid (Paris)

La Pyramid du Louvre was designed by the Chinese-American I.M. Pei, who also is responsible for the National Art Gallery in Washington, The Rock & Roll Museum in Cleveland and the Miho Museum in Japan, and today forms the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. It is located in the Main Courtyard (Cour Napoleon) and was commissioned by Francois Mitterand, the then French President, and took only 5 years to complete being finished in 1989. It was created because the Louvre original main entrance could no longer handle the amount […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 24, 2013

Eiffel Tower (Paris)

Location: Paris,  France Construction begun: 1887 Construction finished: 889 Opened: 31 March 1889 Contractor: Compagnie des Etablissements Eiffel Engineer: Gustave Eiffel / Maurice Koechlin / Émile Nouguier Architect: Stephen Sauvestre Purpose: Built for the World Fair of 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution Total Height: 24m (1063ft), equivalent to an 81 storey building Foundations: 4 x 2m (6ft) x 6m (20ft) thick concrete slabs N.B. – the two foundations closest to the river are supported on 2 piles measuring 6m (20ft) wide x 15m (72ft) deep […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 23, 2013

Palace of Versailles (Paris)

Located 20km southwest of Paris is, the once sleepy, village of Versailles. In 1624 Louis XIII built a small hunting lodge in the village after having made several trips to the area to hunt with Albert de Gondi. Eight years later he enlarged the lodge tuning it into a modest château (summer home). His successor however, Louis XIV,  then turned it into one of the largest palaces in the world. In May 1664 Louis held a fair, Plaisirs de l’Île enchantée (Pleasures of the Enchanted Island), and he needed accommodation […]

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