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Hey mes petits dreamers,

Today I discovered l’Ecole Militaire and an impressive man on a horse.

L’Ecole Militaire or military academy is still in active service so you can only visit the compound during the journée du patrimoine (heritage days) held only once a year. However, the front facade of the building is amazing and still well worth a visit.

Designed by Jacques-Ange Gabriel, this is the perfect example of Classical French Style. The 18th century decoration combined with bullet holes still visible from World War II where German units made a last stand right before they surrendered the city to the Allies creates a seriously unique facade.

After strolling around the Corinthian pillars for a while I eventually came across Marshal Joffre. His bronze statue located right next to L’Ecole Militaire. Joffre was born in Rivesaltes, Pyrénées-Orientales, the son of a family of vineyard owners.  How do I know?  Because Google told me.  To cut a long yet fascinating story short Joffre was responsible for guiding the Battle of the Marne in 1914 ultimately saving Paris from the Germans.  Want to know more?  Google it 😉

All this information.  I need to sit down.

Still getting lost in the right direction.

Bisous!

Anna

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My leg is fine. But Thanks.

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 #roots.

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 Obviously never made that appointment.

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Take a seat.

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 Ok.

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Is that a tennis ball?

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Cowgirl or hunchback?

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Stopping traffic. Minus the traffic.

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 Marshal Joffre.

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Only me.

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And another 🙂