New Look for 7 beautiful squares of Paris

Back in 2015 the current Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, took initiatives aimed at redevelopment of 7 outstanding squares of Paris. The main aim is to provide people with more space and comfort.

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Place de la Madeleine

According to the information presented with http://www.Paris.fr, such squares as BastilleMadeleineNation, Panthéon, d’Italie, Gambetta and Place des Fêtes will all become even more beautiful and people-friendly by 2019-2020. A huge amount of various public meetings, inquiries, forums and workshops eventually resulted in the ideas to make squares more peaceful and multi-functional.

Thus, they are going to become more green, the new design will showcase the existing architectural and historical beauty while pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from more space.

 

 

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Autumn in Paris: the Place Dalida

The best places in Paris for fascinating leafy autumn pictures.

One of the loveliest and most charming sites in Paris where you could take unforgettable pictures all year round is the Place Dalida. Here starts ascending scenic street Rue De L’abreuvoir that will take you to the Basilique du Sacré-Cɶur in about 7-10 minutes.

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Place Dalida, Paris / Image credit: @frankyyy007 Instagram 

Dalida, an extraordinary singer and actress, whose talent and performance won the hearts of the whole generation not only in France but all over the world. She is a cult figure in France and the French always respect and honor those whom they love and admire. Thus in April 1997, 10 years after the death of the diva, the corner of the streets L’Abreuvoir and Girardon was named after the legendary artist.

Once here, you will also come across the bust of Dalida. The chosen place was not random. Dalida loved the quarter of Montmartre and used to live just a few steps away from this corner, at the Rue d’Orchampt.

This little square is very loved by locals and tourists eager to capture their fairy moment of the Montmartre walks. Painters also like to flock here in order to create their next masterpiece. Welcome to the Place Dalida!

Where to find: Place Dalida, 75018 Paris.
Image credit: @frankyyy007 on Instagram

Unbelievable. Medieval traditions in the present-day fun fairs

There are three major temporary fun fairs in Paris held annually in the capital of France at different times of the year. Today fairs are amusement parks for children and adults but would you believe their origin goes back to the Medieval ages when fairs were of an exclusively commercial nature? 7 fascinating facts trace the story of how fairs turned into a popular family and tourist attraction.

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FÊTE FORAINE DES TUILERIES Image credit: @marc_nouss
  1. First fun fairs appeared in Middle Ages and sale was their original objective. Fun fairs never stayed in one place and constantly moved so that local residents from all over the country could purchase the given products.
  2. Apart from the merchants, only two more professions could place their stalls at the fun fairs: money changers (modern bankers) and stray acrobats.
  3. Little by little, theater groups, jugglers, musicians, travelers, explorers, scientists and even doctors began to join this business company.
  4. By the 19th century, fairs became rather an exhibition of achievements and discoveries than a place for trade. Nomadic zoos and physicians who sold their ointments and elixirs and offered on-the-spot treatment became an integral part of every fun fair.
  5. Dioramas and panoramas appeared due to the growing interest in travel. Thus, one could observe the lifestyle of residents of remote areas and “wild” tribes.
  6. Marketing methods of the Middle Ages fun fairs: in order to attract more people from whereabouts to visit the venue our predecessors resorted to…irresistible smells and music! Their loud music could be heard within a 3 km radius.
  7. Omnipresent fair sweets like Dutch donuts, Belgian waffles, and gingerbread were all invented in the Middle Ages. It is incredible that they are still ranked among our favorite confectioneries.

Parisian Fun Fairs:

  • TRÔNE. Location: Reuilly. Dates: 31st March – 28th May 2017
  • FÊTE FORAINE DES TUILERIES. Location: the Tuileries Garden. Dates: 07th July- 24th August 2017
  • FÊTE À NEUNEU. Location: the Bois de Boulogne. Dates: 1st September8th Octobre 2017

The place where inspiration strikes because the sound of water drowns out the sound of bustling city and even the sound of your own thoughts…

Park Diderot, Paris

At the edge of skyscrapers one can find himself in a marvelous park conceived by one of the most distinguished landscape painters of the 20th century, Alain Provost. Here everything is called to enable reconciliation with nature in the midst of a busy working day, just two steps away from the kingdom of Technologies and Progress.

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Park Diderot, La Défense, Paris

More than 30 plant species including the alpine rose and azalea, water cascade, sports facilities and picnic zones. It is an ideal place to find your “cup of tea” in the vicinity of a vibrant business district of La Défense in Paris.

Location: 92400 Courbevoie, La Défense, France

5 best Instagram pictures from the Bastille Day fireworks show 2017!!!

The celebration of the Bastille Day is over but…now we can admire the best captures of this year splendid fireworks show!!!

The show last 35 minutes and cost €750.000 (information provided by the Mairie de Paris).

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6 fascinating facts about Bastille Day in Paris 2017

The French National Day is annually held on 14th July since 1880. It is an eagerly anticipated public holiday always marked with some extraordinary events, activities and numbers. Here are some of them:

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Bastille Day, 14th July 2017

1. The reported total cost of the Eiffel Tower fireworks show is about €750.000 this year. And while the fireworks itself cost €350.000, all the rest was spent on covering staging, staff and security expenses (data produced by the Mairie de Paris).

2. The traditional Fireman’s Balls (Bals des Pompiers) were set up at about 40 fire stations of Paris and its neighborhoods. The balls are usually held within two days on 13th and 14th July.

3. For the 5th consecutive year a big classical music concert, given by the Orchestre national de France et le Chœur and the la Maîtrise de Radio France, is held on the Champ-de-Mars.

4. 4.000 soldiers marched along the Champs-Élysées during the military parade.

5. Delegations from 76 countries took part in the military parade.

6. About 11.000 policemen were deputed to ensure public security during the festive events in the capital.