A few of my friends are visiting Paris at the moment … and I’m itching to get back one day for a proper visit. This is a view of the Place du Trocadéro, foreground, with the skyscrapers of La Défense off in the distance as they appeared in late 2012. If I recall correctly, this view is from the Eiffel Tower.
The word “Paris” typically evokes images of wide boulevards lined with historic stone buildings. Shatter that stereotype by turning your gaze to the city’s business district, La Défense. There, you’ll find a lovely (and lively) sandbox for modern architecture and design. Here are a few images of the neighbourhood from my visit to the French capital in September 2012.
When Montreal was planning its métro system some half a century ago, it decided to go with Parisian-style trains fitted with tires in addition to steel wheels.
Consequently, experts from the RATP, the Parisian public transportation authority, acted as consultants throughout the planning and construction stages.
That cross-Atlantic connection is symbolized in one of the entrances to Square Victoria station, which has authentic Art Nouveau signage as you’d find in the French capital, a gift from the RATP first installed in 1967.