Paris -- city of LIGHT

Mar 28th, 2009, 06:38 PM
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Paris -- city of LIGHT

I'm wondering what monuments (obviously the Eiffel Tower) or areas are especially beautiful lit up at night...
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Mar 28th, 2009, 06:41 PM
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All of Paris is beautiful at night really - all of the buildings along the Seine, the Arc de triomphe, the Musee d'Orsay, les Invalides, etc. etc. - it is a gorgeous city to walk in day or night
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Mar 28th, 2009, 06:45 PM
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And the cathedrals!
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Mar 28th, 2009, 07:06 PM
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Oh this is great.
I really would like to do a lot of walking around in the evening. It seems like it would be magical!

Robespierre -- Notre Dame and any other cathedrals in particular?

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Mar 28th, 2009, 07:13 PM
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It seems that Robespierre of all people would know that Paris has but one Cathedral--Notre Dame. The rest are all churches, chapels, and basilicas. And many of them are beautiful at night. Sacre Coeur has a service at nine at night (if I remember correctly) that sounds beautiful. The sisters do plain chant. You might want to go see the church lit up and attend the service.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 07:17 PM
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The service I'm thinking of is Compline, and it is at 9:30 p.m.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 08:44 PM
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The Conciergerie, Hotel de Ville, ...

Even that pyramid which I hate in the daytime.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 10:00 PM
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The City of Paris has a separate government department whose sole responsibility is to light up the city for dramatic display. There's not a corner of the city that's not illuminated in some way.
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As a side note, I'm pretty sure that the designation of Paris as the City of Lights historically has nothing to do with the illumination of its many famous locations. Rather, it refers to the many intellectual and artistic luminaries who have lived there, and whom Paris claims as its own.
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One nice way of seeing the buildings along the Seine lit up is to take a night boat ride. There are several boat companies who do these trips; I prefer the Vedettes du Pont Neuf as their commentary is live and the top of the boat is open so you get an unobstructed view of the sights. The departure is down a stairway from the Pont Neuf (bridge) near Notre Dame. The lights really are fantastic!
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Some say the term "City of Light" relates to SemiMile's description of the city being a hotbed of artistic, literary, philosophical trends...
or, the term "City of Lights" could relate to Paris being the first European city to add gas street lamps to its main blvds.
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I just cant wait to be in DH arms as we glide down the Seine with all the twinkling lights and when we stand on the Neuf Bridge looking at the Eiffel Tower glittering in all her glory.
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Mar 29th, 2009, 09:54 AM
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It's so great to know that wandering anywhere in the city lit up will be beautiful. I guess I won't worry about it too much, then.

We were in Paris June 18-25 a couple of years ago, and took the last Siene cruise of the evening at 10pm. We were so disappointed that the lights didn't go on in the city until the last 5 minutes of our cruise. It seemed they didn't light the city until it got COMPLETELY dark. This year we will be there the same time! Perhaps my disappointment then caused me to obsess about this now...

travelnut-- interesting sidenotes!
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