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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. :)

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CATNCAG 7/5/2014 11:52AM

    emoticon as always Claire for sharing your journeys with us! emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 8/17/2013 11:17AM

    The architecture is so beautiful! Thank you for the pictures and descriptions!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/13/2013 2:09PM

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MONTREAL12 7/29/2013 4:38PM

  Thanks for the great pictures. Hope to get to see these buildings in person in the not too distant future. emoticon

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POUNDSAWAY73 7/22/2013 10:40AM

  emoticon for taking me along. Such beautiful pictures. emoticon

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LISALGB 7/21/2013 10:15AM

    Those are some very lucky students!! What a spectacular place!! I love the buildings and am happy that the US building is as grand as all the others.
Thanks for the tour!! I would have loved to have studied there!! (Sigh)
Love and hugs!!

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FRABBIT 7/18/2013 5:05PM

  Great pictures and commentary!

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LOVELEMON1 7/18/2013 11:44AM

    Beautiful

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XENA1956 7/17/2013 5:56PM

    So lovely. I only wish I could someday take a trip to France or anywhere in Europe for that matter. It great fun to see Paris sites from another viewpoint. Thanks so much for sharing them and I can't wait for more. emoticon Teri

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TINY67 7/17/2013 1:08PM

    Beautiful pictures emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 7/16/2013 11:07PM

    I just love your approach to your walks. They make me want to track them on google and follow along. Of course it really helps having beautiful places. I live just outside of Los Angeles. I never really thought about taking pictures of some of the places we walk. We usually leave the area to find lovely places. Los Angeles is about activity and sunshine rather than pretty places. Lovely pictures

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/16/2013 10:20PM

    This beautiful blog has me in raptures! Merci beaucoup.

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RENATA144 7/16/2013 8:24PM

  Thank you for another wonderful collection of French architectural treasures ! Your photos almost make me feel like I'm there.
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ONTHEPATH2 7/16/2013 4:18PM

    How beautiful! Enjoy!

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AJB121299 7/16/2013 2:12PM

    nice

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SHARONCAPPS 7/16/2013 1:24PM

  What beautiful picture and such a nice tour. Thank you for sharing.

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JLPEASE 7/16/2013 1:10PM

    I LOVE your tours. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos!!
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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 7/16/2013 12:59PM

  Beautiful

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MANILUS 7/16/2013 10:30AM

    Gorgeous area, the students are fortunate to have such an awesome campus. I saw some beautiful flowers along the way too. Have a beautiful week also.

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GAMMY98 7/16/2013 7:44AM

    Thank you for your blog and beautiful pictures emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 7/16/2013 7:22AM

    I love reading about how French women live life. Thank you for sharing some wonderful pictures and a glimpse into your country.
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SANDYCRANE 7/16/2013 6:56AM

    I learned a lot today from your blog as I know very little about Paris. I enjoyed the pictures from the University and the parks. What an enchanting city.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/16/2013 3:50AM

    Lovely photos

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KARRENLYNN 7/16/2013 12:06AM

    Beautiful!!

Karen

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DEEEBEE 7/15/2013 11:30PM

    Love your blog!

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COLOR-BLUE 7/15/2013 11:17PM

    Thank you so much, for a kaleidoscope history lesson!!! I really enjoyed see everything through your eyes!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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KAREN91 7/15/2013 11:17PM

    Claire, Thanks so much for your lovely blog. Your city is very beautiful. I know it is a very big city but it doesn't seem that way in your blogs. I've always wanted to see France but never Paris until your blogs. I usually avoid big cities but Paris doesn't seem like a big city in your blogs. it seems cosier and more approachable. I explain it badly but I hope you know how I mean that. As always I loved your blog and your beautiful pictures. Karen emoticon

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BKNOCK 7/15/2013 9:52PM

    Thanks for sharing! Nice pictures!

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KKLENNERT809 7/15/2013 9:42PM

    Great photos and thank you for sharing them with us. emoticon

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    Very cool! emoticon

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PEGTIGER 7/15/2013 9:13PM

    Thank you for the lovely pictures and descriptions. I loved it.

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JSEATTLE 7/15/2013 8:35PM

  Oh, how I LOVE your blog!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share so much!!

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NEWKATHYNOW 7/15/2013 8:32PM

    What lovely photos! Such a beautiful place and so interesting. I love reading your blogs. I always learn so much and get a chance to see places I might not otherwise even know about. I hope you enjoyed your holiday. Thank you for sharing as always!

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HARROWJET 7/15/2013 8:29PM

    I would like to walk with you for real. Your pictures make everything look so good. Thank you.

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DANAPRIME 7/15/2013 8:19PM

    emoticon pictures! Thanks for sharing your adventure!!!

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!! WOW !!

Your perfect pics
just BLEW ME AWAY !

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for making my day


LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS !

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CAPECODLIGHT 7/15/2013 7:27PM

    I did not know this existed. It's on my list now, as I love architecture. And, those black swans - magnifique! Thanks, and a belated Happy Bastille Day!

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LINDAM.1 7/15/2013 6:20PM

  Thanks for sharing your walk with us. May you walk your pants off emoticon

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  Thanks for sharing your experience with us. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/15/2013 5:38PM

    Beautiful pics.

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ZOE13O 7/15/2013 5:36PM

    Beautiful pictures as always! Thanks for sharing

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NEWTINK 7/15/2013 5:34PM

    just beautiful as always and very informative as i wouldnt have known any of that emoticon

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    Awesome!

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