Summer 2001 in Paris – a poetic atmosphere of beauty, love, joy and freedom

Sommer 2001 i Paris – en poetisk atmosfære af skønhed, kærlighed, glæde og frihed.

Text and photos Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

 

Late june 2001 I travelled by bus from Copenhagen, Denmark through Germany, Holland and Belgium to Paris.

It took 17 hours to drive this 1200 km to Paris. 

 

Ghotic Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, builded 1163-1350:

 

Notre Dame Chu

Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris. Click on the photo and you see it in full screen size and text on right of photo disappear. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

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Last time I visited Paris I was 20 years old – in october 1965, when I hitchhiked from Copenhagen via Brussel to Paris on my 1 year hitchhike trip “around the world” from 27. september 1965 to 5. september 1966 – visiting 35 countries in Europe, North- and Central America, Africa and Asia.

Now its summer – late june 2001.

The next 6 days I stayed in a hotel only 2 km´s walk from Louvre and in a quarter only 300 m from Place de la Republique in 3´ arrondissement.

 

Place de la Republique:

 

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Place de la Republique in 3´Arrondissement, Paris.  Photo late june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Every day I met with my friends to visit museums, parks, avenues, squares, churches, cafe´s and restaurants on 6 tours:

 

Tour 1: Visit to Seine and Ile de la Cité with Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris.

Tour 2: Visit to Place Vendome, Church La Madeleine, L´Arc de Triomphe de l´Étoile, Place Charles de Gaulle and Avenu des Champs- Elysées.

Tour 3: Visit to Montmartre  and church Church Sacré-Cæur – view to Tour Eiffel.

Tour 4: Visit to La Défense and La Grande Arche.

Tour 5: Visit to Musée d´Orsay and Musée Rodin.

Tour 6: Visit to Musée Le Louvre and Quartier Latin.

 

We took the METRO and walked all over PARIS CITY:

 

METRO in Paris. Pohoh

METRO in Paris. I, Erik Kristian Abrahamsen born 1945 am standing left on photo. Photo late june 2001.

 

Tour 1:

Visit to Seine and Ile de la Cité:

Quai de Seine:

 

Quai de Seine. Veuw to Ile de

Quai de Seine. View to Ile de Cité. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Quai de Seine:

 

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Quai de Seine. At right Ile de la Cité with Palais de la Justice, Paris. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to Ile St.-Louis, Ile de la Cité and Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris:

 

View to Ile St.-Louis

View to Ile St.-Louis, Ile de la Cité and Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris. Photo in direction north june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, Ile de la Cité:

 

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Cathadral Notre-Dame de Paris, Ile de la Cité, Seine, Paris. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Cathedral Notre -Dame de Paris, Ile de la Cité:

 

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Gothic Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, Ile de la Cité. Photo in direction north june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Tour 2:

Visit to Place Vendome, Church La Madeleine, Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle and Avenu des Champs- Elysées:

Place de Vendome:

 

Place de

Place de Vendome. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Church  La Madeleine – builded in style roman-baroque and inaugurated 1875:

 

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Church  La Madeleine. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Avenue des Champs-Elysées:

 

Avenu

Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Here I – Erik K Abrahamsen born 1945 – visiting with my friend a café. Photo june 2001.

 

Opéra de Paris – builded in style late-baroque and inaugurated 1842:

 

Opéra

Opéra de Paris. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

L´Arc de Triomphe de l´Étoile (1836) – Place Charles de Gaulle:

 

Arc Tri

L´Arc de Triomphe de l´Étoile at Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Tour 3:

 Visit to Montmartre – view to Tour Eiffel – construction by G. Eiffel in 1889:

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View

View from Montmartre in direction west to Tour Eiffel. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View from Church Sacré-Cæur, Montmartre:

 

View from Cacré-Cæur Church, Montmartre

View from Sacré-Cæur Church, Montmartre. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Tour 4:

Visit to La Défense and La Grande Arche:

La Grande Arche is a monument to humanity and humanitarian ideals constructed by danish architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen (1929 -1987) and the danish engineer Erik Reitzel (1941-2012).

La  Grande Arche is 110 m height, 110 m depth and 110 m width and was inaugurated july 1989 – 200 years after the French Revolution in july 1779.

 

La Grande A

La Grande Arche, La Défense. View in direction east. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

La Grande Arche:

 

La Grande Arche

La Grande Arche. La defense. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

La Défense, Paris – view from La Grande Arche:

 

La Défence

La Défence. iew from la Grande Arche. Photo june Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

La Défence – view to Avenu Circulaire:

 

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La Défence, Paris. View to Avenue Circulaire. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View from La Grande Arche, La Défense in direction Avenue Charles de Gaulle, Avenue de la Grande Armée to Arc de Triomphe:

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View from

View from La Grande Arche, La Défence in direction west to Av. Charles de Gaulles, Avenue de la Grande Armée to Arc de Triomphe. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

La Grande Arche – La Défense:

 

La Grande Arche

La Grande Arche, La Défence. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Tour 5:

Visit to Musée d´Orsay and Musée Rodin:

The Thinker – Le Penseur by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), 1880:

Musée Rodin.

 

Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917): Le Penseur, The thinker 1880. Musée Rodin. In front Erik K Abrahamsen. Photo june 2001.

 

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917):

The Gates of Hell inspired by Dante Alighieri ( 1265-1321) “La Devina Commedia”,  “Den guddommelige komedie”:

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Musée Rodin.

 

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Auguste Rodin:”The gates of Hell” inspired by Dante Aligiera (1265-1321) “La Devina Commedia”,  “Den guddommelige komedie”. Musée Rodin, Paris. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Auguste Rodin “The gates of Hell” inspired by poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) “La Divina Commedia (Den Guddommelige Komedie) :

Musée Rodin, Paris.

 

Auguste

Auguste Rodin “The gates of Hell” inspired of italien poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) “La Divina Commedia”, (Den Guddommelieg Komedie). Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Musée Rodin, Paris:

 

Auduste Rodin

Auduste Rodin (1840-1917), sculpture in marbel. Musée Rodin, Paris. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Tour 6:

Visit to Musée Le Louvre and Quartier Latin:

 

Model

Model of Musée Le Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Musée Le Louvre – Entrance “La Pyramide” de glass by I. M. Pei (1988):

 

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Musée le Louvre. Entrance builded 1988 La Pyramide de glass by I. M. Pei. Photo form entance Hall june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Musée Le Louvre – Entrance “La Pyramide” de glass by I. M. Pei (1988):

 

Musée de Louvre. Entrance Pyramide of glass.

Musée Le Louvre. Entrance Pyramide of glass. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Mona Lisa – La Gioconda – La joconde painted 1503-06 by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), oil on tree, 77 x 53 cm:

 

Mona Lis

Mona Lisa painted 1503-06 by Leonardo da Vinci( 1452-1519), oil on tree, 77 x 53 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Quartier Latin:

 

Quartier

Quartier Latin, Paris. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

In Quartier Latin I met with my friend from Denmark Claus Levy.

 

Claus is travelling with his son Nikolaj by car from Copenhagen to Paris and later on to Provence in South France:

 

Quartier Latin, Paris. Claus Levy with his son Nicolai. Phor june 2001 by erik K Abrahamsen

Quartier Latin, Paris. Claus Levy with his son Nikolaj. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Quartier Latin on café with my friends from Denmark:

 

Quartier Lati

Quartier Latin together on a café with my friends from Denmark. From left Erik K Abrahamsen born 1945, Claus Levy born 1939 and Nikolaj born 1989. Photo june 2001.

 

Paris Summer 2001 – POLICE ON BICYCLES – PEACE IN TOWN:

 

Paris 2001

Paris summer 2001. Police on bicycles. PEACE IN TOWN. Photo june 2001 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The 1. july 2001 I travelled by bus through Belgium, Holland and Germany back to Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Together with my friends from Denmark I enjoyed my week in Paris – such a beautiful city with so mush culture, art and history and love, hospitality, joy and freedom.

 

In october 1965 I – then 20 years old – stayed 11 days in Paris and felt the same warm poetic atmosphere as 35 years later – now 55 years old – in 2001.

 

Text and photos copyright 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen

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Enjoy life – be happy!

 

Melby, North Sealand, Denmark 8. january 2016.

Best wiches

Erik

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