Paris : Place de la Concorde

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After leaving the Grand Palais area, some 2 minutes walk away, you will stumble upon a large square with an obelisk. This obelisk will stand out like a white elephant in French architecture.

Welcome to Place de la Concorde. It is a public square and is the largest in Paris.

During the French revolution, this square was a commonplace for executions and the more popular guillotined executed were King Louise XIV and Marie Antoinette.

To get to this square, take the underground passages. Do not cross the road as this is too dangerous. The cars will mow you down like a guillotine blade thru flesh.

The above picture shows the access point to the underground passages that lead to the square.

If you are lucky, you will arrive when the fountains are working. The fountains, I was told, are closed during certain times and definitely during Winter.

Tritons holding fish spouting water.

The fountain is beautiful and you must take a photograph of it. I was glad that blue skies accompanied us.

You may find street performers in this area. Note the mummy in gold .

The center of the Place is occupied by a giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II. It is one of two the Egyptian government gave to the French in the 19th century.

We chanced on a Wallace Fountain between Grand Palais and Place de la Concorde. Do enjoy the refreshing water that is free and clean to drink. I must say, it taste exactly like Evian.  It is free, refreshing and most of all, quenches your thirst in the cool but dry summer winds of Paris.

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