In 1958 it was just a roundabout and a few buildings. 50 years later it has become the biggest European business centre, packed full of towering office blocks and dominated by the magnificent Grande Arche, almost perfectly aligned with the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. As a symbol of France's force, vision and tireless stubbornness, you couldn't get much better.
If you're going to La Défense, chances are it's for business, and the simplest way to get there is by métro (line 1 is direct and much more comfortable than the RER line A which also stops there).
Other travel options include tramway line 2 or the train from Saint Lazare. La Défense is also a hub for local buses (details below).
Once your meeting or trade fair is over, you may like to peruse shopping centre Les Quatre Temps, the 2nd biggest in France - 230 shops, a 16-screen cinema, 6,500 parking spaces and a huge hypermarket are just a few of the things on offer.
Cross over the main forecourt and you'll find a large FNAC store in the CNIT building - good for multimedia purchases - and there's even the possibility of a nice stroll, as a walkway has recently been opened stretching beyond the Grande Arche into the town of Nanterre. The perfect antidote to the stress that a big city (or a big meeting) can bring.
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Thanks to his creativity in producing some of the best fashion and still life photography, the American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) succeeded to make a name for himself throughout the world at a very early stage of his career.
His works were on so many occasions featured in Vogue magazine and also used for advertisement for renowned clients such as Clinique and Issey Miyake.
Until January 29th, 2018, the Galeries nationales of the Grand Palais will be presenting, in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, a grand exhibition of Penn’s most wonderful and interesting photographs to celebrate the centennial of his birth. It holds a remarkable selection of his works that retraces his career, life, and passions.
Simplicity and elegance, two of the major characteristics of the artist’s style are shown to the audiences at the museum through more than 235 photographic prints, amazing drawings, and paintings.
Nudes, beauty, still life, cigarettes, fashion, and debris, all of these different genres are highlighted in the exhibition. So, don't miss it!
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