Street Photography and Cafes in Paris

Paris is a city perfect for street photography. It was a good chance to do something different and capture interesting things and shops on the streets in Paris.

Some of the little districts like Montmartre and the Latin and Jewish Quarters were so interesting and with so many photogenic buildings and cafe’s. It becomes a photographers paradise. I see how Paris is a true artists city, and how it has inspired so many of the greats.

Sometimes it is just as important to look up as it is down, you never know what you’re going to see.

 

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Paris

At the end of September I went to Paris. It was an early birthday present, and what a wonderful trip it was! So much wandering around, taking photos, visiting museums and eating delicious goodies. Paris is a city so full of life and adventure. Very rich in a culture steeped with history. I can not wait to go back and have more time to explore, five days was no where near enough time. We got a Paris Pass to go into the main attractions (besides the Eiffel Tower) for two days, and it was sure worth it! Skip the lines into the museums and that sure saved us hours of time.

The food was amazing. So many little cafes (photos to come in the next blog post) and shops everywhere. Delicious ice creams, baguettes, cheese, croissants, creme brulee, macaroons, chocolate.. the list could go on and on. As much as I would love to make Paris my next destination to live for a couple years, I’m afraid I wouldn’t stop eating and would turn into a balloon! How so many people stay skinny in Paris sure beats me.

One of my favourite museums was the Musee D’Orsay. Of course there is also the world famous Louvre, but I found it quite overwhelming. We only spent two hours there, and you would need weeks to see everything. Had to go pay our respects to the Mona Lisa of course. The Eiffel Tower is definitely worth going up, but book your tickets online in advance! Again it saves hours waiting in lines. Next time I go, there are so many more attractions to see, as well as so much life to capture on the streets.

Below are my images from my trip of just a few of the tourist attractions.

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The famous clock in the Musee D’Orsay. It came with an added bonus of a view of the city. The Musee D’Orsay was one of my favourite museums in Paris with artwork from Toulouse Lautrec, Monet and Van Gogh.

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The Eiffel Tower. Next time I hope it’s not foggy and partially under construction. All in all, it completely lives up to all the hype. Wonderful views and it’s a masterpiece to look at.

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View from the Eiffel Tower.

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Arc de Triomphe. What an impressive structure!

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View from Montmartre of the Eiffel Tower and the foggy city. Such a stunning view.

 

Blackford Hill

The other day I went to Blackford Hill and took some photos with the dramatic stormy weather. Lucky for me it didn’t start raining till the very end when I was just about done! Such a lovely (and windy) spot to get beautiful views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Even on a grey stormy day, Scotland still looks beautiful and has such character.

DSC_7466View of Edinburgh and Arthur’s Seat from Blackford Hill.

 

DSC_7443The Observatory on Blackford Hill

 

DSC_7487Blackford Pond just as the rain began to fall

 

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Reid Memorial Church

Took my camera a few days ago to the church down the road. My my what a beautiful area it is. Sadly didn’t get a chance to take a look inside, but here’s a lovely view of the outside. Great Britain sure knows how to make amazing and majestic churches.

 

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The church galleries at Summerhall

I have posted photos of the other art installations in Summerhall from August/September, but I had not taken my camera into the church galleries yet (besides the phone images of Ryan the Wheelbarrow’s installation).

The first image is part of the 100 Multiples by Lawrence Weiner on show at Summerhall. A collection so large it had to be split into two different areas of the building! The last images are from the Michael Nyman exhibition. The first a collection of images from his film, and the last two show the unique film installation in the upper floor of the Hope Park Church Gallery. This is the first time Nyman’s interpretation of “Man With A Movie Camera” has been presented in this way, with 11 screens running at the same time with different variations of the same movie. It was one of the most popular pieces of the Fringe Festival at Summerhall, especially with its captivating and iconic soundtrack composed by Nyman himself.

 

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