Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - BEYOND THE EIFFEL -

At first it ap­pears as an op­ti­cal il­lu­sion but as jog­gers make their way down the tree-lined track on the Ile aux Cygnes and ap­proach its west­ern­most point, the sight be­comes clear.

Stand­ing proudly near the Pont de Grenelle is the Statue of Lib­erty. Built in 1889 to cel­e­brate the 100th an­niver­sary of the French Revo­lu­tion, this is a replica of the New York icon. At 22m tall, the Parisian Lady Lib­erty is less than a quar­ter the height of her Amer­i­can cousin. The Ile aux Cygnes has be­come a pop­u­lar out­door run­ning track and gym for space-starved Parisians and a pub­lic ex­er­cise cir­cuit has

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