The more I read about Versailles and the insane crowds of tourists that descend on Versailles, the more my enthusiasm drained for making the day trip from Paris to check it out. I kept reading cool stuff about Fontainebleau, the palace that functioned as Versailles before there was a Versailles. It was supposed to be Versailles without the crowds.
We took a forty-five minute train from Paris to Fontainebleau. As an aside, the trains in Europe have me seeing a car free existence for myself some day. So much more relaxing to ride on a train than to fight traffic. The palace was interesting but based on pictures I’ve seen, I’d have to say Versailles looks like a big step up from Fontainebleau. It just goes to show how spoiled I’ve become by all the amazing monuments, museums and castles in France that I can be even a little disappointed by a palace. A cool, relaxing trip nonetheless.
The morning we arrived in Paris last month, we got off the subway at Place Saint-Michel since our loft was a few blocks from there in the Latin Quarter. There was the usual crowd of tourists around the fountain but I also noticed a crowd of protestors getting ready to march. My first thought was how quaint, another Paris protest. I’ve seen several of these in Paris and it always seemed like the protestors and the police work together for a peaceful event, each playing their prescribed part in a play. This one, not so much.
Protestors at Place Saint-Michel.
The fountain at Place Saint-Michel.
I don’t think that’s his “welcome to Paris” expression :)
You couldn’t ask for a more scenic backdrop.
Still not sure what the protest was about but a half dozen counter-protestors made it turn ugly fast…
lots of pushing and shoving and m80′s being thrown along with parts of broom handles.
After a part of broom handle whizzed a few inches from my head, we ducked into an alley.
It was a good reminder of how quickly things can escalate in these situations.
As much as I love traveling, Colorado is a pretty awesome place to live. So many incredible places to hike with my dog, Chaco. I shot this photo yesterday near Guanella Pass.
I usually carry a Sony RX100 with me when I’m hiking. It’s the best P&S camera on the market – great autofocus and nice files…and fits in my pocket. I’ll probably be upgrading soon to the latest model, the Sony RX100 III. The latest version has a tiltable screen and a wider aperture.
Hiking on Guanella Pass with Chaco. I almost always have a camera on me when I’m in the backcountry.
Notre Dame, Cathedral, Paris.
Climbing the steps up the tower of Notre Dame may be my favorite thing to do in Paris. It is definitely one of my favorite vantage points from which to photograph Paris.
Walking up the steps that have been worn down by 700 years of use and thinking of Victor Hugo and his masterpiece make for an awesome day. And then to emerge from the staircase to gargoyles and the best views of Paris…pretty amazing.
The view from the top of the towers of Notre dame is amazing.
Notre Dame on a stormy day.
- The front of Notre Dame Cathedral.
The inside of Notre Dame is stunning…and crowded!
Every time I do the tour of the towers, I’m always the last one to leave…so much to see.
The view from one tower looking down on the other tower.
Here’s some of my favorite photos from my early morning walks in Paris last month. I love the light right before the sun rises and I’m usually out the door at least an hour before sunrise.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
Notre Dame Cathedral on Île de la Cité Island, Paris.
- Eifel Tower.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
Palais de Justice, Paris.
The Seine, Paris.
As much as I love traveling the world, there’s something pretty special about Colorado. There are still places within an hour of Denver where I can get away from the city and hike with my dog and not see another soul. Feeling pretty grateful to have Colorado as my home base.
I shot this image earlier today above Idaho Springs, CO.