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Arch Triumph
Eiffel Tower
Castle Vaux Le Vicomte
Notre Dame

Maincy  Eglise Saint Etienne,
Die Kirche ist aus dem Jahr 1664. In 1880 wurde das Dach auf Stil aus dem 14. Jh. restauriert. Die Treppe stammt aus dem 12. Jh., Das Portal und der Altar stammen aus der Renaissance.
Die Kapelle und die Fenster sind aus dem 17. Jh. Leider ist mal wieder auch diese Kirche geschlossen.

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(Castle) Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte

The palace was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV. Foquet for the first time brought together the team of Louis Le Vau, André le Nôtre, and Charles Le Brun to create the palace. This trio started the "Louis XIV style". The king himself hired them to create Versailles.
Foquet was kinda quite dumb in inviting also the king Louis to a big party at the newly built castle. I guess he wanted to show off. The king got jealous as this castle was equipped with such luxury and more prestige than the one of the king. Fouquet was shortly arrested for supposed embezzlement, and was sentenced to life. The house was later owned by Marshal Villars, the family of Duke of Praslin, and Alfred Sommier. The castle was abandoned for about 30 years. Then it was auctioned off to the family of the curren owners Patrice and Cristina de Vogüé, the Comte et Comtesse de Vogüé. Thanks to the recent owners the house and gardens has been restored to it's current beautiful state.

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A tip ahead. When you enter the gardens, there is on the right hand side of the castle a place where you can rent a golf cart to drive around the premisses. I would recommend it!
The garden is kinda big and you can also drive to the end and around to go to the other side of the river!

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view out of the window
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Louis XV bedroom
A carved giltwood bed stamped Leroy, cabinet-maker (1720-1780), a set of beechwood seat-furniture covered in “petit point” needlework, a Louis XV ormolu mounted with
tortoise shells and stamped by Migeon, cabinet-maker (1701-1758), Louis XV giltwood child’s armchair, piece of lacquerware
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Louis XVI bedroom
Paintings: The Duke of Praslin (who bought Vaux in 1764) by Roslin’s workshop, pair of aquatint portraits of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette
Furniture: A Louis XVI painted alcove-bed, a Louis XVI painted day-bed stamped by Jacob, cabinet-maker (1739-1815), a pair of Louis XVI grey-painted beech lyre chairs,
a XVIIth century bedside table made of mahogany, a XVIIth century chest of drawers.
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The castle was also used as a “hospital” in times of war. There are pictures and other items on display.
1918 - Germaine Sommier, in recognition of her work as head of Auxiliary Hospital No. 23, was named to the order of the French Army as follows: “Since the beginning of hostilities,
has provided management and maintenance of Auxiliary Hosptial No. 23, which she founded and in which she created an outstanding surgery ward for serious injuries. In all circumstances,
never ceased to display the greatest dedication, exerting herself with zeal and untiring energy, and setting everyone the finest example of self-sacrifice in the performance of her duty as a nurse,
at the bedsides of the wounded entrusted to her care.”

Paying an extra 3 Euros to go up the Dome to enjoy the view. As you can see from the pic below, the part above the dome to the tower is made of wood.
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The current owner cannot take care of all parts of the castle/house. The current owner’s family lives in the castle. They have their so called appartment here.
As you will see, some parts of the building are still in demand of repair. The family also sells their high priced books from the old library in order to get some money for
restoration of the castle.

The older brother of King Louis was captured over 30 years!
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Town, about 13 000 inhabitants, train station is in the town next to it called Avlon (station Fontainebleau-Avlong), it offers a bit history such the castle which belonged to the former kings of France; historical forest etc. It is a weekend get-away for the Parisians.

Chaetaeu (Castle) Fontainebleau
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walking along the Seine towards the Notre Dame
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interesting concept. they use these boxes as small sales booths
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Those love birds overdone it. There are too many locks on the bridges of Paris. The city has to remove them as they put too much weight on the bridge.
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Finally made it to the Notre Dame in my lifetime!
Big disappointment though. No hunchback in the tower!

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And another one done from my bucket list
THE Eiffel Tower

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Such incredible. What a piece of work and art and that for 19th century:
The Eiffel Tower was errected in 1889 and designed and named by engineer Gustav Eiffel.

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In the middle you see lately a new attraction. That floor offers now a glass floor.
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Napoleon's Triumphal Arch
The arch was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victories, but he was ousted before the arch was completed. In fact, it wasn't completed until 1836
during the reign of Louis-Philippe. The Arc de Triomphe is engraved with names of generals who commanded French troops during Napoleon's regime.
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Fontaine Medicis
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The Panthéon
 an imposing 19th century building, was first designed as a church, but later turned into a civil temple.
On top of the montagne Ste-Geneviève, he Panthéon looks over the Quartier Latin. As far back as 507, this site was chosen by King Clovis - the first Frankish Merovingian
King - for a basilica to serve as a tomb for him and his wife Clothilde. In 512 Sainte-Geneviève, patroness of Paris was buried here.

The Pantheon is undergoing a renovation for the last 2 years. The dome is wrapped in a plastic hat with head shots of common people. The faces are the work of street artist JR, who collected portraits of thousands of people, some voluntarily uploaded to his website, some captured with his roaming photo booths throughout the city.

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