...it is an iconic view of Paris, and it conveys the urban feeling I am seeking. It had changed very little between the Revolution and the time of the painting (1858) and amazingly enough, since then. Only the ramshackle Préfecture has been demolished to make way for a more stately building. Look at this modern view:
In my humble opinion this palace is as imposing as Versailles. This would be one of those places on earth were I would be drawn to just sit for hours and imagine the palace in it's glory.
Once again a thanks and a tip of the beret to Catherine.
Dieu Le Roy!