Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Colonne Vendôme

Here's a view from the Place de l'Opéra, looking down the rue de la Paix toward the Place Vendôme and the monument at its center, the Vendôme column. The column was made to commemorate Napoléon's victory in the Battle of Austerlitz (1805).

The rue de la Paix was quite peaceful on this Sunday morning. A statue of Napoléon is perched at the top of the column.

The column was fabricated from the melted cannons captured during the battle. It's been restored a couple of times, apparently. The place where it sits is the center of Paris' diamond and precious jewel trade. Very swank, very high-end. It's also the home of the famed hotel, Le Ritz.


  1. Another great view. Thanks for this personal view of Paris.

  2. My first trip to Paris was as a teenager with my mother and aunt. We stayed at the Hotel Scribe on the rue of the same name, which intersects with the rue de la Paix if I remember correctly. I understand that the Hotel Scribe is now a modern, very commercial establishment. Back (way back) when we were there, it was quite old fashioned with lots of dark wood, forest green carpets, etc. It remains in my memory as a wonderful trip in large part because of our stay at the Scribe.

  3. mitch, glad you're enjoying it!

    sheila, I've heard of the hotel, but don't know it. What a great memory!


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