0416 Half of La Defense (Fra 041—new)

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A week ago while hanging out with my in-laws we wandered around  La Defense--  the largest preplanned high rise district in the world.  It is truly a magnificent cluster of building, all centered around the famous “Arch de La Defense”, a deliberately modern twist on the “Arch du Triumph” with which it is perfectly aligned.  With so much of France saturated with centuries old buildings and oozing with history, quite frankly it’s nice to see something modern for a change, and to be reminded that France is a very modern, up to date country as well…

 

But La Defense is a bit of an anomaly in France--  a country that is crisply cut up into sections, sub sections,  sub sub sections and so forth:  La Defense has it’s own government, but it’s not it’s own town.

   It sits on the border of three suburbs: Corbevoie, Puteaux and Nanterre. So it’s sort of a Trinity:  three and yet one… and yet none…

 

So I decided to not even mess with creating an entry about La Defense… I’ll just talk about it in both my Corbevoie and Puteaux entries…

 

With my in laws, we also did a short walk around Corbevoie “proper” and found the Mairie--  which like several Mairies I’ve seen has an “old” Mairie that needed to be expanded.  So instead of tearing it down, they built a new one beside it…

 

I like that about France… that respect for historical buildings… If it had been in the United States, they would have razed it to the ground and started from scratch…


Anyways, I didn’t feel comfortable putting on a demonstration of a parkbenching session in front of my in laws, so my Corbevoie tour ended with an “incomplete” stamp on in… so I’m very glad to be back here…

 

I waste no time quickly exploring the downtown a bit more, played some music in a little park in front of some super high apartment buildings and headed up to La Defense.

There I took a couple of picture of some bizarre modern art sculptures, and of course, had to take a clip with the Arch in the background, and another from the top of the stairs to the Arch with the long pedestrian mall and high rises in the background…

 

Then I head to the back side where there’s a long raised walkway over a large cemetery… I want to check out the graves over by a large American flag, but there’s no entrance from this side so I head around. 


La Defense also sports a nice little shopping area with a grand piano and an opera singer that entertain the shoppers as they pass… very classy… But today on a Sunday morning everything is pretty quiet…

 

Technically, I’m in Puteaux now, so I guess I’d better switch to my next entry…

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