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An international walk near Montsouris Park on Bastille Day

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

Happy Bastille Day! For Bastille day I thought I would do a very international walk... I went to the International Campus (Cité universitaire) of Paris.



It is made of 40 mostly national buildings (like the "United States Foundation" above) which were built between 1923 and 1969.

Here are some more pictures of the United States' Foundation, this time from the back...





Today, 12,000 students and searchers from about 130 nationalities live on the campus (below, a picture of the International House).



So students don't necessarily live in their national house. For example, a South African student could live in the House of Norway...



... or in the House of Japan...



The British House was actually called the Franco-British College...



... and the Swedish House, 'the House of the Swedish students'...



I really liked the sign of the Danish Foundation...





... opposite the Swiss House, built by Le Corbusier (many of the Houses were built by famous architects):



There are also many sculptures, like here outside the Spanish House:







I was sad I couldn't get into the House of Morocco as it looked gorgeous through the window!



The House of Mexico was also interesting, mainly in my opinion because of the fantastic fresco on the side.





The campus had many gorgeous trees, making it a very nice park...



... and these Japanese students seemed to enjoy their game of football (soccer).



After walking around the campus for almost 2 hours, I headed towards the nearby Montsouris park...





... which was created at about the same time (1860s) as the Buttes-Chaumont Park I visited last week. It was equally charming!





There were hundreds of runners...



... or people reading a book (or an eBook!) on the grass or on a bench...





Children loved watching the ducks and black swans on the lake...





... and the pony rides too!



At the other end of the Montsouris Park...



... I ended my walk with the delightful Montsouris Square and its gorgeous houses (much bigger and exclusive than the workers' houses from last week in the 19th arrondissement!)...









The little street/square ended with the famous Ozenfant House built by Le Corbusier in 1922. I wish I could have visited it, but it is privately owned.





Many thanks for following me around the 14th arrondissement today! I thought I will try to show you all the main Parisian parks over the summer. :)

Have a beautiful week! emoticon
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