Hôtel de Noirmoutier

On the second day of the Heritage Day week-end, I went on multiple visits. I started the day at the Hôtel de Noirmoutier, a mansion from the 18th century that now serves as the residence of the Prefect of Paris.

Above, already a long line a little after opening.

Above, garden.

Above, dining room.

Above, wood carving illustrating one La Fontaine’s Fables.

Above, entrance gate.

Headquarters of the French Communist Party

The European Heritage Days (Journées Européennes du Patrimoine) take place every year on the 3rd week-end of September. The programme was started in France in 1984 and offers opportunities to visit buildings and sites which are not normally accessible to the public. A lot of monuments are open in Paris and the most popular ones (like the Palais de l’Elysée or the National Assembly building) can get really crowded.

This year, on the first day, I went to visit the headquarters of the French Communist Party, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the 1960’s. The building is located Place du Colonel Fabien, in Paris.

Above, there was a photo exhibition in the main hall.

Above, meeting room under the white dome.

Above, on the terrace.

Above, Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre.

Above, skyscrapers of La Défense.

Above, Eiffel Tower.

Above, Tour Montparnasse.

Above, artificial beehives.

Above, underground cafeteria.

Lac Daumesnil (Bois de Vincennes)

Lac Daumesnil is an artifical lake located in Bois the Vincennes, in east Paris.

Below, the lake in spring.

Above, coot.

Above, Temple of Love.

Above, grotto below the Temple of Love.

Above, swans.

Below, the park in late fall.

Above, feeding the birds.

Above, group of geese.

Above, pavilion of Cameroon built for the Paris Colonial Exhibition in 1931. Nowadays, it is a Buddhist temple (Pagode du Bois de Vincennes).

Above, Temple of Love on Island of Reuilly.

Above, duck.

Below, the lake in late summer. The path was infested with runners so I didn’t stay long that time.


Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s most popular park. It is located in Amsterdam Zuid, just south of the Canal belt.

Below, the park in winter.

Above, statue of Joost van den Vondel, after whom the park is named.

Above, ‘Fish’ statue by Pablo Picasso.

Below, the park in spring.

Above, love lock.

Above, rose garden.

Below, the park in summer.

Below, the park in the fall.