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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
The access to the central courtyard and the gardens is free. If possible, try to access the upper gallery using the stairs located at the corner leading to the WWII collections of the museum.
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.
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...
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...