Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Paris was my last city to visit before coming home to the USA. I reconnected with Justin Black, one of the photographers I met in Iceland, so we could explore Paris together. We mapped out all of the major sights, and then hit the streets. The weather was pretty rainy and gray, but we made the most of it. We had an absolute blast.

Paris being a symbol of romance, I wasn't surprised to find more locks of love.

Outside of the famous Notre Dame cathedral, a man was selling bits of special bread that the birds enjoyed eating. He taught us how to get the birds to eat right out of our hands, which made for a great photo opportunity.

Inside of the cathedral:

We climbed the 387 steps to the top of Notre Dame to photograph the incredible view.

Of course, we couldn't miss the Louvre. The museum is enormous, and could easily take weeks to really appreciate everything on display there. We only had a couple of hours, barely allowing us to scratch the surface of the museum's contents. It was an enjoyable visit, nonetheless.

Since Justin and I both love going to the tops of things, we climbed the Arc de Triomphe to see the view from there.

My entire trip to Europe I bought most of my food from grocery stores. This saved me a ton of money. Paris was my last city before going home, so I wanted to splurge and get some really great food there. I wasn't disappointed! My favorite dessert was this apple tart.

After seeing countless images of the Eiffel Tower, I didn't think I would be that thrilled to see it in person. My feelings changed dramatically once I actually saw it for myself. It is breathtakingly huge. The lighting at night is stunning, and I had a blast being the zillionth photographer to catch images of tower.

We wanted to go to the top of the tower, but the weather limited us to visiting the first and second levels. I am glad they didn't allow us to go any higher because the wind was fierce!

Thanks so much to everyone who followed my trip to Europe. I am now back in the states preparing for my next trip: South America!


ml said...

Paris, the city of lights. The weather was most challenging, yet, you captured the beauty of the city and fixed it into an everlasting moment.

* An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. -
Friedrich Nietzsche

Anonymous said...

"All I wanted was to connect my moods with those of Paris. Beauty pains and when it pained most, I shot." - Ernst Haas, Austrian artist and influential photographer noted for his innovations in color photography, experiments in abstract light and form.

Tiffany said...

Claire! i've heard the story of the locks by stumbling upon it somewhere random and i always loved it. I can't believe you got to go see it! man... Paris is so overrated but i can't wait to visit it and suck in the beauty.