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Paris - Southward From The Madeleine
Standing on the steps of the Madeleine one looks downhill along the Rue Royale across the Place de la Concorde and the Pont de la Concorde to the Chambre des Deputes.
Paris - Westward From The Place De La Concorde
The view looking westward on a sunny morning from the Place du Carrousel, near the Louvre, is the best that Paris can offer and one that few other cities can rival.
The Tuileries
There are ghosts and to spare in the beautiful Tuileries gardens, east of the Place de la Concorde.
The Louvre
The Louvre is the most famous building in the world. The Palais du Louvre was first built in the twelfth century by King Philippe II.
The Palais Royal
Nowadays the gardens of the Palais-Royal are generally deserted and not a little depressing.
Banks Of The Seine - Part 1
It is an interesting if somewhat protracted adventure to walk along the quays of the Seine from west to east on the right bank, returning from east to west along the left bank.
Banks Of The Seine - Part 2
At the beginning of the eighteenth century, Le Sage, the author of Gil Blas, lived on the Quai de l'Horloge, hard by the Palais de Justice.
Paris - Notre Dame
But Notre-Dame de Paris, standing on a bleak windswept square, is most intimately associated, not with a saint or a builder, but with a writer of romance, not with St. Louis, who brought to his city of Paris the Crown of Thorns, but with Victor Hugo.
The Luxembourg
The Luxembourg is almost at the centre of what is to me the most interesting of all the Paris quartiers. Here, with the Boulevard St. Michel its main thoroughfare, is the Quartier Latin of Henri Murger and romance.
The Luxembourg
Close to the Luxembourg is the Theatre de 1'Odeon, one of the State theatres, which was first built in 1782, twice to be burned and rebuilt, and which is still surrounded by fascinating bookstalls.
Paris - Starting From The Boulevards
To the tourist the Grands Boulevards are the most interesting part of Paris, but only to the tourist.
The hill of Montmartre is reached from the Boulevard by way of the Rue de la Chaussee d'Antin, and thence by the Rue Blanche or the Rue Pigalle, or by way of the Rue Laffitte and the Rue des Martyrs.
Paris - Outside The City Walls
The joy of Paris in the summer is the woods that surround it. It is indeed not a city set upon a hill, but a city set, as it were, in the middle of a forest.
The story of the Palace of Versailles begins with a visit paid by Louis XIV., then a young man of twenty-three, to his Minister of Finance, Nicolas Fouquet, at his wonderful country-house at Vaux.
But the complete conversion was not yet, and de Maintenon herself planned to leave Versailles and to live at Maintenon the quiet life of a lady bountiful, spending her time in the service of the poor.
Louis XIV. died at Versailles on September 2, 1715. For days de Maintenon had hardly left his side, indifferent to the whispering of courtiers already hanging on the skirts of the Due d'Orleans, the coming Regent.
St. Francis Of Assisi
St. Francis was born in the latter part of the twelfth century in the little town of Assisi, Italy.
Development Of French Art
During the early centuries of the Christian era, art was not unknown in France. Tapestries of various kinds, mural decorations and panels were made and illuminations giving evidence of considerable skill were executed.
The Ocean Voyage
Ship life at its best, and with a calm sea, is wonderfully restful-nothing to do, and a total indisposition to doing anything.
Travel - Glasgow
Glasgow has a population of about half a million, and dates from a Culdee cell built by St. Mungo about the year 560.
Travel - Edinburgh
Edinburgh has a population of over 200,000 and is one of the most interesting and picturesque cities in Europe.
The Cathedral Of Milan
The Cathedral absorbs the attention of every traveller who visits Milan. It dominates the town, standing in the centre as its chief attraction and marvel.
The Mosque Of Hassan
The mosque of Sultan Hassan, confessedly the most beautiful in Cairo, is also perhaps the most beautiful in the Moslem world.
The Cathedral Of Treves
The ancient capital of the Treveri has the privilege of being known by two modern names, native and foreign, each of which preserves a letter of the ancient name which is lost in its rival.
The Vatican
The Sixteenth Century was the golden age for the Vatican. Then the splendid court of Leo X. was the centre of artistic and literary life, and the witty and pleasure-loving Pope made these gardens the scene of his banquets and concerts.
The Cathedral Of Amiens
It is the admitted privilege of a custode who loves his cathedral to depreciate, in its comparison, all the other cathedrals of his country that resemble, and all the edifices on the globe that differ from it.
The Mosque Of Santa Sofia
On every side the mosque overwhelms and masks the church, of which the head only is free, though over that also the four imperial minarets keep watch and ward.
Westminster Abbey
The growth of an historical edifice like Westminster Abbey needs a more complex figure to do justice to its formation.
The Parthenon
Seen from a distance, the Acropolis presents nearly the same appearance as it offered to Spartan guardsmen when they paced the ramparts of Deceleia.
The Castle Of Heidelberg
There is every style in the Castle of Heidelberg. It is one of those buildings where are accumulated and mingled beauties which elsewhere are scattered.
The Ducal Palace
The charm which Venice still possesses, and which for the last fifty years has rendered it the favourite haunt of all the painters of picturesque subject.
Wedding Etiquette
Preceding the marriage comes the courtship, an event which, since the world began, has been one of vital interest to man and woman, but which is so varied in its incidents and characteristics that no set rules of etiquette can be made to apply to it.
The Art Of How To Dress
The fashion of attire is a question of the passing day; its esthetics is a question of the ages. Persons of taste will avoid the ridiculous, whatever may be the demands of fashion.
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