Sunday, April 9, 2017

Photo Nostalgia = Paris, France (July 16 - 20, 2004)

 In the summer of 2004 I went to continental Europe for the first time.  I was going to live in a handful of countries, and even had work visas for a couple... but in the end it simply became a 3-month trip post-college graduation.  This was the last international trip I took without using a digital camera, and my photo albums have been collecting dust for more than a decade.  I've decided to digitize the photographs in a very simple and very cheap (in every sense of the word) way = by using my cell phone camera.  It's a lot easier than tearing them out of scrapbooks and scanning them, lemme tell ya.  While Paris, France, wasn't the first destination of my trip, I've decided to begin my blog posts with it.  I spent 5 days there immediately after Bastille Day (I intentionally missed it due to hotel expenses and museum closures, but in hindsight I should have been there for the festivities).  One could spend a lifetime in Paris and not see all of it (which is true of most places), but 5 days would have to suffice.  Other than a one-day stopover in September of that year en route to Ireland from Switzerland, I haven't been back to Paris since.  

Sacre-Coeur, in Montmartre.

My first time seeing the Eiffel Tower was from the dome of Sacre-Coeur.

Sacre-Coeur

Sacre-Coeur

Place du Tertre, Montmartre

Au Lapin Agile, a famous cabaret in Montmartre.
 
Needs no introduction.

Champ-de-Mars, below a certain tower.
 
Chaillot Quarter across the Seine, from the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower.

Oh to be this skinny again...

Metro entrance near Avenue des Champs-Elysees

Venus de Milo, Louvre

Madame Recamier by Jacques-Louis David, in the Louvre
 
I.M. Pei's pyramid, Louvre

One of the Egyptian halls, Louvre

I.M. Pei's glass pyramid, Louvre

Courtyard of the Palais Royal

Jardin du Palais Royal

Pont Alexandre III and Le Grand Palais

Arc de Triomphe from Champs-Elysees

View from the top of Arc de Triomphe towards La Defense

St-Alexandre-Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral

Musee d'Orsay

Van Gogh's self-portrait, Musee d'Orsay

Les Deux Magots cafe, across the Boulevard St-Germain

St-Germain-des-Pres

West towers of Notre-Dame

I can't possibly recommend the Notre-Dame gargoyle tour enough, especially at twilight.


South rose window, Notre-Dame

Flying buttresses, Notre-Dame

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle
 
Palais de Justice, next to Sainte-Chapelle

St-Eustache

"L'Ecoute" by Henri Miller, St-Eustache courtyard

Centre Pompidou

Musee Picasso, in the Marais

Place des Vosges, Marais

Hotel de Ville, Marais

Notre-Dame from the southwest

St-Severin

Le Pantheon

Victor Hugo's tomb, Pantheon crypt

Voltaire's tomb, Pantheon crypt

Inside the dome of Pantheon, with Eiffel Tower visible between columns.

Yours truly in the dome of Pantheon, with Notre-Dame on right.

Notre-Dame, from Pantheon dome.

Chapelle de la Sorbonne, Latin Quarter

La Sorbonne, from Pantheon

Going up the escalator, Centre Pompidou

"The Journalist Sylvia von Harden" by Otto Dix, Centre Pompidou

Outer pipes, Centre Pompidou

My traveling buddy Jon, with Swedish hostel pals Lisa and Anna.

Jim Morrison's grave, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise

Oscar Wilde's grave, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise

Edith Piaf's grave, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise

Amedeo Modigliani's grave, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise

Dome Church (aka Napoleon's tomb)

South side of Dome Church [my photos of Napoleon's tomb apparently didn't turn out... curse you, non-digital camera!]

Again, needs no introduction...
 
Jon and I, in Trocadero (?) for the quintessential Paris tourist photo.

Coming up - more Europe 2004.