Sharon – “Esplanade des Invalides”

7:34 AM – With Sharon, who lives in Bangkok (Thailand), we traveled a good distance by running, more than 16 km to visit Paris. It allowed us to discover numerous surprising and interesting places, especially for their history.

As we can see it on the photo above, we ran around the “Invalides”, the famous “Hôtel des Invalides”, created by Louis XIV to accommodate the injured veteran soldiers of his armies.

A canons battery faces the “Esplanade des Invalides”. It was not at the origin of the French artillery but the got back enemy canons, belonging mainly to the Austrians and to the Turks.
These artillery still fire, for example every time France elected a new President of the Republic.

Close to the “Invalides”, on our road, the Rodin museum. The Rodin museum is at the heart of a beautiful garden which exposes statues of the sculptor.
During a small break, since the street, we were able to admire one of the copies of a well-known work of Rodin, “Les Bourgeois de Calais”:

Sharon – Rodin museum – “Les Bourgeois de Calais” – Far off, the museum

The work “Les Bourgeois de Calais ” redraw a famous episode of the one hundred years war. 
In 1347, to end the terrible siege of the city of Calais and save the inhabitants, six burghers, a rope around the neck, surrendered in sacrifice to the English king Edouard III. His wife Philippa de Hainaut interceded to save them from the execution. It is what tells the Chronicle of the period…

At the exit of the museum, the visitors, doubtless reached by the artistic fiber, are used to decorating posts situated around the museum with their tickets:


On our road, near the Petit Palais, we saw Winston Churchill:

Sharon – Winston Churchill’s statue

Later, we met the Expiatory Chapel, a quiet and little known place in Paris:

Sharon – The Expiatory Chapel
The Expiatory Chapel in the “Louis XVI square” – Click on the picture for a larger view

The Expiatory chapel is a monument dedicated to Louis XVI and to Marie-Antoinette. Louis XVIII ordered the construction of the building in the place where were buried the King and the Queen in 1793, after having been guillotined.

Avenue of the President Wilson, in this Saturday, it is a typical Parisian market which offered us the colors of his fruits:

Merci Sharon !

The route of the tour :