My Europe Trip #2 (Paris)

29 06 2011

It is easy to fall in love with Paris or ‘The City of Light’. For a first time visitor like yours truly, the city is everything a tourist can ask for. From famous landmarks to impressive architectural public buildings, Paris never ceases to amaze with its grand vistas. While the spectacular landscape can easily leave anyone in awe, the French capital has a lot more to offer.

1. Being France’s tallest and most famous monument, the Eiffel Tower is the international symbol of Paris. Standing at 324 meters high, the tower is built with 7,300 tonnes of iron and held together with 2.5 million rivets.

2. One of the most notable monument in Paris is the Palais Garnier which was built in the 19th century.

3. Paris boasts stunning architectural style. Known as art-nouveau architecture, buildings around the capital are truly a sight to behold.

4. The details on many of its public building are immaculate. One can literally stand right in front of any building admiring the attention to detail put onto its architecture.

5. Street side cafes are found everywhere in Paris. One doesn’t need to look far to find food around the city. For a set lunch costing € 10.50, our set meal came with a complimentary glass of tiramisu and cappuccino.

6. When it comes to food, Paris has everything from fast food restaurants to non-French cuisines such as pasta or spaghetti. In fact, foreign food is what Paris does better than other cities in the country.

7. Paris has 373 metro stations and there is always a station within 500m of wherever we were.

8. Although well connected, the Metro stations are in a deplorable state. Funky smells, badly lit stations and aging structures are commonly seen everywhere.

9. The Arc de Triomphe is the second most famous monument in Paris which was built in honour of those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary War.

10. A view of the spectacular city of Paris from the terrasse, the viewing platform of Arc de Triomphe which is 50m above ground.

11. The spiral staircase leading up the the terrase.

12. The inner walls of Arc de Triomphe shot from ground level.

13. The walls of the Arc is decorated with characters from the Roman mythology.

14. A candid shot of some locals shopping along the main district of Paris.

15. The biggest shopping mall in Paris is Galeries Lafayette. Established in 1893, this is France most famous department store. The interior architecture is magnificent with its dome looking like an eye from ground level at certain angle.

16. Another shot of the Galeries Lafayette at the foyer.

17. The Gare du Nord train station as seen beneath the glass roof starts operating from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. daily.

18. The Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the most visited site in Paris. The cathedral is the pinnacle of Gothic architecture which also inspires Victor Hugo’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ back in 1831.

19. It is interesting to note that the construction of the cathedral started in 1163 and took nearly 200 years to finish. Notre Dame measures 130m long, 48m wide and 35m high and can accommodate more than 6,000 worshipers.

20. The west facade of the cathedral features many statues to help illiterates understand the Old Testament stories, the Passion of Christ and the lives of the saints. These shots were taken using a long range lens from ground level.

21. A view of Notre Dame Cathedral from the south.

22. The west facade of the cathedral features sculpture of gargoyles.

23. A groom was seen helping the bride with her gown as she gets herself prepared for a wedding shoot in front of Notre Dame.

24. Two candid shots of bird around the cathedral.

25. A nearby building shot from the west facade of Notre Dame.

26. A view of Eiffel Tower from ground level. I used a wide angle lens to covey the width of the imposing structure.

27. A merry go round just across the street where the Eiffel Tower stood.

28. One can enjoy the many views of Paris by taking the river cruise along the Seine River. The 70 minutes cruise features commentary in both French and English.

29. Miniature Eiffel Towers are commonly sold at the street market as souvenir item.

30. Cheap perfumes at around € 10 per bottle are sold outside Galeries Lafayette.

31. Another sculpture seen along the main district of Paris.

32. A college student from Budapest, Hungary reading a book about Theology at Place du Trocadéro, a site facing the Eiffel Tower.

33. A street artist along the river bank sketching out a picture of a girl.

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