La Défense

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La Défense is a modern commercial area west of Paris

La Defense

Although outside of the 20 arrondisements, La Défense is accessible by the (main east-west) (Yellow) Metro Line “#1” which travels into Paris, under the Louvre and far east to Port de Vincennes (think Charlie Hebdo)

The Grande Arche de la Défense, one of Paris’s modern architectural wonders, lines up perfectly with the Louvre, down the Champs Elysee through the Arc de Triomphe

The public plaza that extends the great distance from the Grande Arche and Mall at La Defense train station, east, down to the Metro esplanade De la Defense station is filled with public art, landscaping and fountains. Some of our besting running originates from this plaza

Like the summit of the “butte Montmartre”, La Défense sits on high ground looking over Paris with a perfect perspective of the Eiffel Tower. We visualize this being our perch from which to watch Paris at midnight, New Years Eve. That is yet to happen

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