Rue de Rivoli - Paris, France
On this day we were all the way pursued by the rain. Therefore, our walk with the camera through the city was not entirely successful. But still one should try to make the most of a situation even by this weather.
From the Latin Quarter, we crossed the bridge Pont des Arts to the right bank of the Seine, towards the Rue de Rivoli.
Napoleon, being in 1801 the First Consul of the French Republic, ordered to build a street parallel to the Seine on the model of Place des Vosges.
A few years later came the first section of the famous arcades along the northern wing of the Louvre.
(The North Wing, however, did not yet exist.)
Rue de Rivoli was named in honor of the Napoleon's victory against the Austrians in 1797 at the battle of Rivoli near Verona in Italy.
At the Rivoli reside the Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall) an the famous Saint-Jacques Tower - all that remained of the Gothic church of Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie. Herefrom the pilgrims once went off on the "Way of St. James" to Santiago de Compostela.
A large number of shops, including the famous department store La Samaritaine, also make Rivoli very interesting for shopping tourists.