|Marni, Marshall, Laura, Jason et Peter – Jardin du Palais Royal|
7:00 AM – Marni, Marshall, Laura, Jason and Peter are runners-friends coming from the United States.
Paris is still a little bit chilly in this early spring. Magnolias begin to bloom, as here in the garden of the “Palais Royal” (Royal Palace).
Our sports visit begins in the garden of the Tuileries to arrive quickly at “place de la Concorde”, in front of the oldest monument of Paris, the Obelisk of Luxor:
|Jason, Marni, Laura, Marshall and Peter – “Place de la Concorde” – Obelisk of Luxor|
The Obelisk which we can see in the center of the “place de la Concorde” is more than 3000 years old. It comes from Egypt.
The Pharaoh Ramses II had made two obelisks in the entrance of the Luxor temple, temple placed in the center of the old city of Thebes. The obelisk of “la Concorde” is one of them.
In 1830, the viceroy of Egypt Mehemet-Ali offers to France the obelisks of Luxor.
Then begins, for the first obelisk, an adventure which will last more than 6 years: the preparation of the operation, the cutting down of the obelisk, its transport towards Paris and its erection “place de la Concorde” in 1836, with all the troubles such an expedition can generate (heat, diseases, expectation of the Nile flood, navigation and transport difficulties, etc.)
|Cutting down of the Obelisk in 1831 (the other obelisk is situated to the left by looking at the temple)|
|Erection of the Obelisk in 1836 “place de la Concorde”
(The king Louis-Philippe and 200 000 Parisians attend the “show”)
The other part of the “present”, the second Obelisk, remained in Luxor, France not wishing to launch again such an operation!
Our visit continues along the Seine, the left bank then the right bank again. We cross the river Seine running on the “Pont des Arts”, the famous footbridge:
|Marshall, Laura, Marni, Jason and Peter – “Pont des Arts”|
In the background of the photo above, we can admire the “Galerie du bord de l’eau” of the Louvre. Did you know that in this long corridor, king Henri IV organized fox hunting for his son, future Louis XIII?
We finish our running by returning by the garden of the Tuileries, very quiet in this morning of March:
Merci Peter, Marni, Marshall, Jason and Laura !
The route of the tour :