Travel Stories

Paris is in the details. When I was there in March everything looked grey and tired from the rain but there were spots of colour that seemed all the more brilliant because of the weather. Golden domes shone against the dark skies and white marble statues stood out in the parks among the bare trees.

We took a whirlwind tour of the city by bus, getting out in some places to wander about in the brisk spring air. The bus took us around some of Paris’s most famous sites, such as the Place de la Bastille where the French Revolution was ignited in July 1789 with the storming of the Bastille Prison. The French Revolution and the resulting Enlightenment movement had a far reaching influence on modern political ideology and human rights. Today the square’s main focal point is the July Column, a monument commemorating the Second French Revolution of…

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