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Elysee Palace, Paris

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Elysee Palace is the official residence of the President of the French Republic, containing his office, and is where the Council of Ministers meets. You can only view this site from a distance, as security is locked tight. The best time to go may be at the top of each hour, when the changing of the guard occurs. Meanwhile, check out the upscale shopping in the area accompanied by beautiful architecture.

Elysee Palace also has French-style gardens, containing patterned flowerbeds and alleys of chestnut trees lined with hedgerows, in which presidents hosted parties on the afternoon of Bastille Day until 2010. Since then, Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France, decided to stop organizing this event because of France's high debt and the economic crisis. Using our international travel planner, Paris attractions like Elysee Palace can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Here we are at one of the most famous addresses in France, in the same way as the 36 Quai des Orfeèvres. Everyone knows immediately what is there. The exterior enclosure is very beautiful and refined, classic style, nothing ostentatious. I do not like to say this, but the guards, beautiful in their uniform, are part of the décor. It is always a pleasure to see them in the post and to see them interchange with their substitute in a very Protocol ritual. Children are always very fascinated. The Palace itself cannot be seen from the street. However, as long as you pass by there at the right time as it has happened to me several times, it is enough that a vehicle enters or so to the portico opens and thus leaves to passers-by the opportunity to contemplate the Court of honour and the Palace itself. The guards of the Court of honor are undoubtedly relieved to have no longer have the son of Sarko to throw them stuff on the head... I have never visited it, discouraged by the crowd that is mass during the heritage days. I guess you have to show up at 6:00 in the morning to avoid hundreds of meters of queue. However, various television documentaries and the very good film Les saveurs du Palais reveals magnificent images of this place of power which was notably the residence of the Pompadour.
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  • Only Seen from the outside as obviously armored. You can see the façade and the park really big. Manned continuously.
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  • Elysee Palace and the gardens seem great (better than The White House), but walls and gates are too high to be able to see something interesting.
  • I love France 🇫🇷
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