Eurotrip Day 8: Exploring the streets of Paris and Eiffel Tower Tourist Trap
Ok time to finally explore Paris, after the Disneyland attraction got out of the way it was time to see what everyone was talking about. It also happened to be “May Day” which was when all the riots were in full force, however we didn’t see any riots. Just police officers blocking off alot of tourist attractions, many ambulances driving places, and lots of tank looking trucks. Paris was kind of like I expected but it did grow on me, it was dirty like NYC but had a MUCH better charm to it. You get the France feel in the park, but actually being in Paris was a much more authentic experience.
Jeanne d’Arc is an 1874 French gilded bronze equestrian sculpture of Joan of Arc by Emmanuel Frémiet. The outdoor statue is prominently displayed in the Place des Pyramides in Paris.
The original statue was commissioned by the French government after the defeat of the country in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War. It is the only public commission of the state from 1870 to 1914, called the Golden Age of statuary in Paris, the other statues were funded by private subscriptions.
The sculptor took as his model Aimée Girod (1856–1937), a young woman from Domrémy, Joan of Arc’s village in Lorraine. The statue was inaugurated in 1874. The pedestal was designed by the architect Paul Abadie.
The artist, who made another version of the monument for the city of Nancy in 1889, replaced the horse of the Parisian monument 10 years later by a copy of the smaller Nancy one, which earned him criticism. The monument was classified as a historic monument on March 31, 1992.
Reviving a tradition from the far-right leagues, on every May Day, the National Front holds an annual ceremony in her honour at the statue.
Ok so this is a famous hot chocolate spot that has been on so many tv shows, movies, and has history to it. It’s apparently the best hot chocolate in the world. If you ask me I like my hot chocolate a little more milky, this hot chocolate was like drinking pure syrup. It was good, but not my favorite type of hot chocolate, but probably what it’s “suppose” to taste like. A cool deli as well on the inside!
Place Vendôme (French pronunciation: [plas vɑ̃dom]) is a square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France, located to the north of the Tuileries Gardens and east of the Église de la Madeleine. It is the starting point of the rue de la Paix. Its regular architecture by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular place Vendôme the aspect of an octagon.
The original Vendôme Column at the centre of the square was erected by Napoleon I to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz; it was torn down on 16 May 1871, by decree of the Paris Commune, but subsequently re-erected and remains a prominent feature on the square today.
Anyways thinks for checking out my Paris Journey! It was cool as shit and I’m glad I got to see it. Probably not on my list anytime soon to go back too. They have a lot of cleaning up to do and getting their public spots clean of bullshit scam artists. Also making their citizens happy to not protest, all in all wonderful trip and I’d recommend it. If you missed yesterdays blog check it below!