Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R=Rue de Rivoli, French Faves - A to Z Challenge

On this street . . .there is much to do and see: shops, bistros, historical places, and arcades. In one section, the tourist shops, in another the high end hotels. 


Rue de Rivoli street sign - CC

R = Rue de Rivoli

The Rue de Rivoli is one of the most famous streets of Paris. It was named for the Battle of Rivoli, one of Napoleon's early victories against the Austrian army in 1797. A Paris municipal building is shown below, in the Marais section of the street.



A Marais section of the rue de Rivoli, Creative Commons, PD

Beneath the rue de Rivoli, runs one of the main brick-vaulted oval sections of the sewers of Paris. Above the street, you will see 18th century houses which have survived and are still used as apartment residences, short-term rental apartments or boutique hotels. 


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Closeup of the Details on Louvre building by DG Hudson

North of the rue de Rivoli is the Opera Garnier, also called the Paris Opera. See the A to Z letter 'O' for Operas of Paris.

East along the rue de Rivoli in the gilded statue of  Joan of Arc, She sits astride her steed, never daunted, facing the oncoming traffic. In the image below the Louvre Museum is on the right, the Hotel Regina, with arcades at the street level, is behind the statue.


Joan of Arc, Place des Pyramides, Paris by DG Hudson

The new street that Napoleon Bonaparte pierced through the heart of Paris took for one side the north wing of the Louvre Palace (before it became the Louvre Museum) and included the Tuileries Gardens.

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Do you know the history behind the rue de Rivoli? Have you heard of this famous street, or the older part of it, the Marais?


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References:

Wiki - Rue de Rivoli
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rue_de_Rivoli 


Rue de Rivoli -  DG's post A to Z Challenge 2012 

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16 comments:

  1. It's a shame the road was directed through the building. I'd love to spend a summer living in one of those 18th century buildings and writing in those wonderful cafes from a few days ago!

    I need to go to Paris!

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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    1. The rue de Rivoli didn't go through the building, it just ran right along the north side of the Louvre. He wanted a straight line for marching armies, for a quick path to disturbances, a better view of the city, etc. Sorry that's not clear in the wording. We rented an apartment on the rue de Rivoli and I could hear the sounds of Paris from our 18th century windows on the 4th flr.

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  2. Hi DG - I have heard of the Rue de Rivoli .. but knew nothing about its history .. would love to see the Joan of Arc statue .. and to see the sewers .. if a tour is available. The 18th C houses must be lovely ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. We had a choice of staying in an apartment on this street or the Ile St. Louis, tough choice, but I had heard of the famous street and picked the rue de Rivoli. It's a good central point to explore the city and it's an older part with small streets and atmosphere. It's close to Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, the Louvre, the Seine River. . .

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  3. I've certainly heard the name but I didn't know anything about it. I didn't even know the Louvre was on it.

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    1. Well now you know, JoJo, and it was our point of reference to get around, this street and Notre Dame, two landmarks from which we could plan our walkabouts.

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  4. Hi, D. G.

    Paris is so beautiful! The Rue de Rivoli is truly a spectacular avenue.... History abounds....

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    1. Yes, and it's got the older Paris flavor, whereas the Champs Elysees has the glamour. A great street, but I loved that it was so close to the Seine River and its bridges!

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  5. Your posts are making me wish I could travel to Paris right now! :)

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    1. That's because I'm sharing all the wonderful things that make Paris the most visited city in the world. It deserves that honour.

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  6. Oh, to spend a summer living in o e of those apartments on a street with so much history just out your front door. Wonderful, delightful. Almost indescribable pleasure.

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    1. That's what we did, but not all summer, that would have been a dream come true. Do have a look at my Paris posts tab, FAE, you might see some other posts you'd like. When you have time. I'm pleased you're enjoying the info.

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  7. I would love to see the golden statue of Joan of Arc in person!

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    1. It made an impression on me, Roland, because the place where the statue stands is near where she was killed. The statue divides traffic to preserve a heritage site. She was only fighting for her homeland. In Paris, history stabs you in the heart. And you don't mind.

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  8. I think it would be fun to stay in one of those boutique hotels.

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    1. A friend of mine stayed in one of the boutique hotels and loved it, but we preferred the designer rental apartments which rented for about the same price if you stay for at least a week. It was the next best thing to living there.

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