Viva La Defense

Ever since I first laid eyes on a photograph of the Grande Arche at La Defense in(-ish) Paris I have wanted to go.  It is even one of the items on my Paris Bucket List.  It is a mesmerizing structure.   Aside from the pure aesthetic value I see in it, I love the blend of exacting precision and absolute absurdity it contains.  It’s a modern, sleek, tightly-engineered office building like many around the world and even several within a block of it BUT it is simultaneously a giant empty box with a swiss-cheese tarp hanging in the middle.  WTF.

I got to spend yesterday morning finally confronting the Grande Arche in person.  Neither pictures I had seen nor the ones I took do it justice but here mine are nevertheless.

Grande Arche at La Defense from Trees

Grande Arche at La Defense Wall from the Water

Grande Arche at La Defense Wall of Glass

Wall of Glass

Grande Arche at La Defense using CameraBag

Thanks CameraBag

Grande Arche at La Defense Punk is Not Dead

Punk is Not Dead!

Grande Arche at La Defense Illy

Illy!

Grande Arche at La Defense Swiss Cheese Tent

Swiss Cheese Tent.

Grande Arche at La Defense with Trees

Grande Arche at La Defense Steps

Grande Arche at La Defense Tip

Grande Arche at La Defense with Thumb

Rule of (Giant) Thumb

Grande Arche at La Defense from Inside

Looking up from inside

Grande Arche at La Defense with Random Statues

Viewed from random statues along the square

Grande Arche at La Defense Wall Overhead Panorama

This was a tough photo to take. I used the “panorama” feature on the iPhone. I started looking at the Grande Arche and then bent over backwards until I could see the Arc de Triomphe down Champs-Elysees.

 

 

 

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