A number of people have been asking me, “Where are the Paris pictures?”
Well, they are all in my hard drive waiting to be sorted, edited, and loaded up on a Facebook. The reality is: I have a demanding job that I would like to keep to finance my wanderings. So it has been really tough for me to sit down and finish something at home in front of a computer when I also sit in front of a computer all day at work if I am not in meetings.
That said, I have all intentions to put up all the photographs I have taken during our four-day stay in Paris as well as some dedicated entries on my first impressions on Paris. After all, it is Paris! The city of lights, les macarons, and Chanel! 🙂
Let me just put it out there now that I think Paris is a very beautiful city. While it is an enormous and dense metro, I can totally see why people are enamored by it. Straddling the river Seine with its narrow cobble stone streets lined with cute little boutiques, cafe’s, and art galleries, this French capital is considered by many to be one of the most romantic places in the world. I appreciate the quaintness of going to the neighborhood boulangerie in the morning and pick up the day’s croissants and baguettes — YUM! The French folks know how to dress up in an effortless yet fashionable way without all the brouhaha that one might associate with other pop-driven cultures. And don’t get me started on the shopping scene. If someone mentions rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, I might just not wake up from daydreaming about all the shops and boutiques around this fashion mecca.
Paris’s buildings are grand. Many used to be mansions and homes of French nobles and aristocrats. I noticed that a lot of the residential buildings have big beautiful doors. And you cannot miss the amazing architectural landmarks of this great city! There’s the Notre Dame cathedral with its awe-inspiring facade and amazing flying buttresses. It is even more spectacular to me when viewed from our cruise boat chugging up and down the Seine. L’Arc de Triomphe est magnifique. I was not sure of its scale, but it was much bigger than I thought! And then there’s the Eiffel Tower — the quintessential Paris landmark. It is an engineering marvel that captivated my imagination. The criss cross pattern of this iron structure to me is like metal lacework.
But what I love most about Paris? The art museums. A royal palace turned into a museum, the Louvre’s vast art collection blew me away. Seeing the Mona Lisa in person has been a dream of mine that was finally realized. The last OMG moment I had involving masterpieces of art was at Chicago’s Art Institute. This time around, it was like finding the holy grail. Jacques David’s giant neo-classical pieces were the first paintings my art history instructor showed us back in college. I adore Monet’s giant panels of his Water Lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie. Seeing the works by Gaugin and Van Gogh at the Musée d’Orsay was an experience to cherish.
While there is a lot to love about this city, there is also a number of nuances that I’m finding hard to get over. But I will save that for another entry. Paris is a visually stunning place that is no doubt a photographer’s playground, so in the meantime, here’s a dozen of pictures from our Parisian jaunt t0 tide you over until I am able to upload the majority of them on the facetubes. 😉