Parc de la Villette. A huge area in the north outskirts of the city with
exhibition halls, theatres, museums, a 3D cinema, a libray, a concert hall and
other attractions with connections to science and art. It was transformed by
Bernard Tschumi from a slaughterhouse and cattle market to this huge theme park.
As I totally missed it the last time I was in Paris, I decided to go there now.
However, there was a lack of time just like then, so only saw a small, but central,
part of it.
Cité des Sciences, the huge science museum of Parc de la Villette.
It is 40 m tall, and has 3 floors.
The building is surrounded by a moat. Walkways connects the museum at different
with the park and La Géode. It was designed by Adrien Fainsilber.
Inside the huge grand hall of Cité des Sciences. I wanted to see the
rocket Ariane, but we decided to skip going inside since we didn't have much
A Star Wars exhibiton was going on, there is airplanes and a planetarium in
the building, that was the largest slaughterhouse in the area.
Greenhouses, libraries and conference rooms are contained in the building.
La Géode. This famous chrome globe has a 3D cinema inside that shows
movies about nature, travels and space. Its façade mirrors the sky and
It has a diameter of 36 m.
Cité des Sciences mirroring in La Géode. This image is a symbol
of science and art combined.
Now we are going over the bridge Pont de Gaulle.
Bercy is the district on the north bank of Seine with a small cluster with modern
highrises buildings. The place just in front of the buildings is called Quai
de la Rapée.
Bercy's skyline from the bridge.
Ile St-Louis, another island in Seine.
Tour Jussieu and Tour Eiffel seen from Seine's south bank.
A rainbow high over Seine and Biblioteque Nationale du France.
Biblioteque Nationale du France Francois Mitterand is the new national library
of France from 1995. It was built since the original national library in the
opera district was too crowded. The four towers, 80m and 22 floors each, are
designed like a L to look like 4 books and contains over 400 000 titles.
Belleville is the most cosmopolitan area in Paris. Don´t trust
tourist guides that says Belleville is shabby and dangerous, cause it´s
a very charming area and includes Paris own Chinatown with nice Chinese restaurants.
Belleville reflects Paris every day life.
We only visited Belleville once during a demonstration, but in 2000 I was
there several times. Unfortunately I have no pictures of Belleville.
Jardin du Plantes
We are walking along the Seine on the south bank. There is a small park
on the shore called Jardin Tino Rossi where people are performing music (jazz
of course), sports and art.
The statue of Ste Geneviève, that has been worshipped by the Parisians for centuries.
I think it that looks like a skyscraper, a sword or may be a rocket.
The silhouette of the same sculpture and Nôtre-Dame.
Institut du Monde Arabe. A culture institute from 1980 drawn by Jean Nouvel.
It is very famous for its Arabian architecture that is not so visible from the
bank of Seine.
Jardin du Plantes. The sculptures look cool, but the park at Seine's south bank
is under reconstruction.
Parc Monceau is situated in the north outskirts of central Paris. The park was
nice, but nothing special except for this classical Greece arcade.
And we got filmed by a camera team in the park!
The entrance to Parc de Monceau. The rotunda was formerly a dancing pavilion,
but now a toilet!
A Rolls-Royce and a Cadillac that were waiting for a wedding couple, reminded
me of how few luxury cars Paris has compared to for example London or Monaco.