Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau (Mozilla Foundation)

The Hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau is a building located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. It was built in the 18th century and served as the residence of the ambassador of Austria. Nowadays, it houses the Parisian office of the Mozilla Foundation. It is usually open to the general public once a year for the European Heritage Days (Journées Européennes du Patrimoine).


Quai d’Orsay (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

After the Hôtel de Noirmoutier, I headed to the Quai d’Orsay, where the headquarters of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs are located.

Above, the official entrance during the visit of a head of state.

Above, there was a long wait.

Above, no red carpet for us peons.


Above, dining room.

Above, Chambre de la Reine (Queen’s Bedroom).

Above, bathroom of the Chambre de la Reine.

Above, Chambre du Roi (King’s Bedroom).

Above, gold bathtub in the bathroom of the Chambre du Roi.

Above, model of an Ariane rocket.

Above, office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Above, garden.

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.