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09/13/13   Our 10th Year Anniversary Trip to Paris

While touring in Paris we viewed several important public building and palaces. 
Such places included the Garnier Opera House which was built in 1875.  It was use as the setting for Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel “The Phantom of the Opera” and Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular 1986 musical.
50 201308_26 Academie Nationale de Musique-Garnier Opera House

We also passed by the Assemblee Nationale (where the lower house of the French Parliament meets), although we did not enter the building.
51 201308_24 Assemblee Nationale

The Hotel de Ville houses the local Paris city administration, the Mayor of Paris, and also serves as a venue for large receptions.  On the outside of the building are 338 individual figures of famous Parisians on each facade, along with lions and other sculptural features.
52 201308_24 Hotel de Ville

The Grand Palais is a large historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex located at the Champs-Élysées.  Construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 as part of the preparation for the Universal Exposition of 1900.
54 201308_24 Paris-Grand Palais

Esplanade des Invalides is a complex of buildings containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans (the building's original purpose). The buildings also house the burial site for some of France's war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte.
55 201308_24 Paris-Esplanade des Invalides


Palaces and Buildings