France, Paris XXIX: Opera Garnier and Lafayette Gallery
On the crossroad in front of the La Madeleine church, we decided to go in direction to Garnier Opera. Soon we were waiting in front of the neo-Baroque building. It is the largest theater in the world as it has unbelievable 11 000 m2.
Opera is not large only from the outside but also from inside. The interior consists of marble staircase, the so-called Grand Foyer, or red-gold decorated auditorium. The grandiosity makes the main hall. The hall is made of more than 30 kinds of marble and crystal chandeliers. There are also many statues, paintings, gilded busts of famous music composers. As we did not manage to go inside, we learned the information in our guide book. There were many photograps so we could really learn about the grandiosity of the opera..
Garnier Opera also Palais Garnier is one of the two buildings where National Opera of Paris operates. It is the most important opera in France. Modern Opera Bastille is the second building. Lets get back to the 1875 building called by Charles Garnier. The construction of this gem lasted 15 years. The building was constructed on the order of Napoleon III. Its current place was chosen by Baron Haussman. It took place during revolutionary reconstruction of Paris. Despite many construction and political problems the building was handed to the public. Thus, it has been serving the purpose it was designed to fulfill. Today, mostly ballets of many world-class artists perform there. Garnier Opera is among the most prestigious theatres such as as La Scala in Milan or State Opera in Wien.
Intersting fact about this building says that famous Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Lerouxe was created thanks to it. It was based on “true” events. First performances were interrupted by strange noises from underground spaces of the theatre. In 1896, an accident that has not been clarified until this day happened there. The counterweight of one chandelier fell and killed the then administrator of the theatre. This events led to the appearance of the phantom of the opera myth .
Store that will take your breath away ...
When we were done admiring the beautiful building veiled in mystery, we moved behind the opera. There was large store unlike any we have seen. Galeries Lafayette was its name. The name comes from the place of a small fashion shop on the corner of Rue La Fayette street. It was opened by Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn in 1893. Soon, its success transformed it to a large house that was opened on Haussmann boulevard in 1912. Then they certainly did not have an idea that its seals would break sale record. It happened only recently in 2009. The store made 1 billion euro in profits!
We did not hesitate for a minute and right stepped into the world of brands and fashion. First, we walked through shops we know at home. However, when we crossed glass skybridge, we entered a historical building that was gorgeous. We felt like in opera only loges were occupied by fashion vendors. On the bottom, there were boutiques. A large stained glass window caught our attention when we had looked up. We started exploring the building. 12 floors later that overcame by escalators, we appeared on the roof of Paris . Not literally, of course. Large terrace for visitors was a place of rest and unusual views of the city. For free! We ate there and enjoyed views of this eternal city. We had the opportunity to see Garnier Opera from the top. Simply beautiful.
After an hour-long break we walked on through many stores. There was another store right when we get out of the another one. This time it was Printemps. According to the fact that we did not have much time, we had not visited him and we rather visited Vendôme square. We will tell you more about it next week.
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
Following an exciting walk on Montaigne Street and seeing the Flame of Liberty, we moved along the Seine to see another remarkable sight of Paris .- Les Invalides. This complex of building hides a large part of French military history.
After a magical walk near luxurious boutiques on Royale street, or admiring historical buildings on La Madeleine and Garnier Opera. Last part in our series, we visited the Lafayette gallery. We wandered about in pompous spaces for people who like to shop. We saw Paris from above and walked to see another landmark in the city.
Last week we saw Vendôme square and moved to Rivoli street. Right there are many important buildings we took look at in the first days of our tour de Paris. This time we chose to see a street opposite to Rivoli as the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries is located over there.
After a nice walk in the Tuileries Garden we continued to Louver we wanted to see so much. It was supposed to be a conclusion of our tour in Paris. Yet before we got to Louvre we went to the Seine to see the bridge that is a symbol of love, wishes, and friendship.
This is it. Our journey in Paris has came to an end. Our last destination is the legendary, beautiful, and fascinating Le Grand Louvre, or just Louvre for short. Before we even entered the world of colorful French history put in contrast to the modern France, we spent time seeing Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
We were excited about one of the largest museums in the world. We let ourselves go with the crowd in Louvre. It took us to the most visited and the most mysterious painting in the world - Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Immediately after seeing the Luxembourg Gardens we headed to the world famous Sorbonna University. Cardinal Richelieu himself took care of its development. for he financed its reconstruction, and he transformed once college for poor students to an important hub of education.
Our Sunday schedule seems great. Upon the breakfast we leave the hotel, give a ride to some tourists to Paris for their individual schedule, and then head to Giverna. The town is known for the fact that Claude Monet once worked there. It is charming, especially on a sunny day.
In the morning, after eating from hotel breakfast, we went to see outskirts of Paris - the suburbs, which bears the same name as the name of the famous castle complex of Versailles. Exploring this former residence of the King required a great deal of patience and fitness. You ask why? The answer can be found in the following lines.
The biggest sight, the symbol and pride not only of Paris but entire France. This is world-famous Eiffel tower we visit today.
After a brief introduction of Paris last time we move to exact places. Our trip begins in the Latin Quarter. We walk through two beautiful boulevards and visit perhaps the most known tomb in the world.
Would you like to have all Paris below you and enjoy beautiful view of this fascinating city? And would you like to see in this view also the Eiffel Tower?
We will continue in our journey in Paris. We will choose a tempo of learning on history and we will also talk on beauties of nature. There are many natural wonders in Paris. Perhaps the most beautiful ones we trie to find in beautiful parks and gardens.
Today we return to Montmarte once more. We o to streets full of artists, souvenir vendors, and, of course cabarets for adults.
A walk in the park by the Eiffel Tower was the conclusion in the last part. We told you about the so called Wall of Peace. Today we continue in introducing you to the sights around the most famous tower in the world.
Last week we had visited town-hall and moved also to Center Pompidou, a center of modern art. Today we will look around this building build inside-out. The building is named after French President Pompidou, who initiated its construction.
After paying our visit to the Les Invalides, we walked along green lanes to Grand Palais and Petit Palais. Before we even got there, we passed beautiful bridge across the Seine named after Tzar Alexander III.
In today's part of our journey through the Paris visit one of the largest, most beautiful and most visited monuments in the city. Yes, it's Notre Dame on the island Cité. Gimped many stories for centuries dominated this city and encourages the writer and not only is the rotation of the mysterious stories with inimitable French sophistication.
After our visit to the second most famous sight in Paris, Arc de Triomphe, we get off the tunnel in the start of the most famous boulevard in Paris, the symbol of prestige, fame, and luxury.
Today, our new series about one of the most beautiful, most popular, most visited cities of the world begins. Yes, it is the French capita, Paris. Together we will go on a journey of the most interesting places and we will learn about their secrets.
After our last week walk across squares in modern La Défense quarter, today we visit the highest point in Pairs, Montmartre. Ve visit perhaps the most important landmark there. It is the Sacré-Cœur basilica. Also we will see places where the most famous artists created their work.
Amazed with a walk along Champs-Elysées we decided to explore its surroundings. We saw Montaigne Street. Legendary comics figure Tintin watched us behind a fence, and there was a number of luxurious boutiques bit further.
Anyway you go in French metropolis you see history personified in fabulous architecture. Butiques...