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Paris - La Défense

The morning I arrived at “La Défense”, the ultra modern quarter in Paris where large companies are located in huge skyscrapers and where I felt for a moment like being in an imaginary New York or even Mars I got the impression that in the end, I had managed to see something equivalent to “The real Paris” of nowadays when I observed troops of office workers and managers dealing with their everyday life routines, rushing into the tall office buildings. I had arrived in reality, in modern times, watching employees dressed up, checking their phones, heading to meetings or to their office desks.

Paris - La Défense

Fuji XT1 with Fujinon XF 18-135mm © 2017 Miguel Witte

This has, of course, nothing to do with the bohemian way of life of painters, writers and musicians one associates with the city of light. Just think about the Paris Hemingway describes in “A moveable feast” or Henry Miller in “Tropic of Cancer” and “Quiet days in Clichy”. These stories could, of course, no way have been inspired by the “La Defense” quarter.

Paris - La Défense

Fuji XT1 with Fujinon XF 18-135mm © 2017 Miguel Witte

Paris - La Défense District - Stairs leading to: La Grande Arche de la Défense

Nonetheless, the place is architecturally overwhelming and amazing and astonishing. The huge arch of “La Défense” is impressively lined up with the “Arc de Triomphe” at “Charles de Gaulle Etoile” and the “Pyramide du Louvre” and that way very interestingly integrated into the urban scenery of the classic Paris of former centuries. Despite being an interesting place, the new architecture can not be compared with the traditional landmarks that evoke the feeling about Paris being a truly and uniquely beautiful city.

Paris - La Défense

Fujifilm X100S © 2018 Miguel Witte