We went over to the canal, which was built in the early 1800s, but it was a little anticlimactic, even if it was pretty. Then we worked our way down to the Place de la Bastille, where a large greenish column honors those who died in the 1830 Revolution, before finishing up along the Viaduc des Arts and outside the Opéra Bastille.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Walk 20: La Route des Manifs
Today I added yet another first to my list of Paris first – my first protest! A group of us came out of the metro after reading all about how the Place de la République is the traditional site for French protests, and there was a demonstration, right before our very eyes. I got really excited when I really who was demonstrating, because it was the group Ni Putes ni Soumises (Neither Whores nor Submissives), who I had learned about in my European politics class last semester. As far as I understand, this group fights against using religion as an excuse for discrimination against women. I think they were protesting the burqa today, since everyone was wearing read hoods, and they a few people climbed up onto the statue to cover the sculptures in black cloth. Pretty exciting stuff.