Paris

For tourists, Paris is the city of lights, city of love, but many people living in the city or in its suburbs do not see its beauty. I realized this recently, after we had moved outside of Paris to a larger, more affordable flat. For years, I have photographed Paris in every situation: early morning, late night, in the heat of August or under the snow, from the bustling Grands Boulevards district to the large, quiet graveyards. I especially like Paris in late Spring and Summer, and warm evenings with their golden light. I also like taking pictures of Paris at night. Its monuments and most interesting buildings are very nicely lit and walking along the Seine river on a warm Summer Saturday evening, among tourists and other people, all happy to be there is a sheer delight. I recently created a website proposing Paris photo tours to share this with visitors.
Bridges of Paris

Bridges of Paris

Paris has 37 bridges crossing the Seine river. 5 of them are footbridges and 2 are railway bridges. There are also a number of other bridges and footbridges crossing the various canals.

Banks of the Seine

Banks of the Seine

The banks of the Seine in Paris are a World Heritage site. At the beginning, the city of Lutetia was only on the islands at the very center of current Paris. The Seine is thus the very heart of the...

Canals of Paris

Canals of Paris

The canal Saint Martin starts in the Bastille harbor, then crosses a tunnel and goes out of  it near Republic square. Further North, it becomes the canal de l'Ourcq.

Champs Elysées - Etoile

Champs Elysées - Etoile

The Champs Elysées are nicknamed "most beautiful avenue in the world". It is part of the architectural perspective that goes from the Louvre to the arche de la Défense.
The Place de l'Etoile is at...

Concorde square

Concorde square

The large Concorde square is generally very busy, but has interesting photographic subjects: two large fountain and an obelisk that was offered to France by Egypt in 1836.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Since its construction in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most familiar builings of Paris and the fourth most visited place of France with over 5 million visitors a year.

Though it belongs to...

Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville

The hôtel de ville is in this area since the 14th century.

The building was finished in the 17th century, with addons in 1850. It was destroyed in a fire during the riots of 1871 and rebuilt in the...

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is located in Eastern Paris, just beside the Austerlitz train station. It contains several different attractions:

  • Nice gardens
  • A small zoo
  • The Natural History Museum with...

Les Invalides

Les Invalides

The Invalides is a series of buildings originally built under Louis XIV to take care of the disabled of the French army. 

It is still a military hospital, but also contains the grave of...

Latin Quarter

Latin Quarter

The Latin quarter is one of the most famous ones in Paris. Filled with tourists in Summer and students the rest of the year, it would be a very nice place to live if it was not so expensive.

La Villette

La Villette

Located to the North East of Paris, this district was a busy industrial area with large storage areas, a slaughterhouse and factories. All this area has been reworked recently and now contains a...

Louvre

Louvre

Now a large museum, the Louvre was initially a royal Palace. 

Louis XIV decided to move the French kings residence to Versailles, and it was subsequently used for the french administration and then...


Paris: where to stay

Hotel Saint Paul Le Marais
The SAINT-PAUL LE MARAIS HOTEL is Perfectly positioned between the famous Place des Vosges and Notre-Dame. This romantic 3 star hotel, superbly located in the Marais district, invites you to enter a world of poetry. Choosing to stay at the Saint Paul Le Marais Hotel means begin at the center of one of the liveliest districts of the capital!