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Paris in the Fall

Paris in the Fall

 

I’d been to Paris in every season except the fall.   I’m glad I waited.   Every other season pales in comparison.  The fall colors were amazing.  The crowds had thinned out.  And the weather was perfect for spending the day exploring Paris.   Well, perfect for someone who grew up in Hawaii and Seattle and likes a little rain.

 

It seems to be a fairly common experience for people to not love Paris.  I don’t get it.  But I understand it.   If you go for just a few days and you try and see everything, it’s exhausting.   Instead, take at least a week and stay in an outlying arrondissement in an Air BnB or VRBO apartment.   And limit yourself to only one major attraction each day.  Spend the rest of the day wandering aimlessly or reading a book in a park.  Or sit outside at a cafe and sip espresso and let the day drift by.   I love to grab a bite to go at a boulangerie and go chill on a bench in a park.

 

The other comment I hear frequently is that Parisians are rude.  I just don’t see it.  They aren’t Mid-Western effusive.   But, neither am I.   I have had more genuinely kind interactions with locals in Paris than in any other city I’ve visited.   Learn a few  greetings in French before you go and it’ll add to your experience.   I promise.

 

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All images were shot with the Fuji X100t.   It’s been my go to camera for the last couple years.   I love the challenge of shooting with a fixed 35mm lens.

 

This photo is Paris in the fall for me. A quite walk on the Seine. The trees a beautiful yellow. And the soft light of an October morning.

This photo is Paris in the fall for me. A quiet walk on the Seine. The trees a beautiful yellow, the soft light of an October morning. And a guy out with his best friend.

The fall colors around the Eiffel Tower were stunning. It can be a crazy touristy place but walk a hundred meters from the base of the tower, and your ensconced in a quite park.

The fall colors around the Eiffel Tower were stunning. It can be a crazy touristy place but walk a hundred meters from the base of the tower, and your ensconced in a quiet park.

If you do nothing else in Paris, climb the tower of Notre Dame. It's the one thing I do every time I'm in Paris.

If you do nothing else in Paris, climb the tower of Notre Dame. It’s the one thing I do every time I’m in Paris.

A solitary walker along the Seine at sunrise.

Everyone goes to Trocadero or Park Champs de Mars to see the sunset at the Eiffel Tower. Do yourself a favor and email me and I'll shoot you a couple cool places where you can see it in solitude.

Everyone goes to Trocadero or Park Champs de Mars to see the sunset at the Eiffel Tower. Do yourself a favor and email me and I’ll shoot you a couple cool places where you can see it in solitude.

Taking in the fall day at the Eiffel Tower.

Taking in the fall day at the Eiffel Tower.

The view from the top floor of the Louvre.

The view from the top floor of the Louvre, looking out over the Seine.

Lovers on the Seine.

Lovers on the Seine.

Pont Neuf bridge framing the Louvre in the background.

Pont Neuf bridge framing the Louvre in the background.

A peaceful street in Paris with Notre Dame Cathedral in the background.

A peaceful street in Paris with Notre Dame Cathedral in the background.

Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. Luxembourg Gardens is one of my fav places in Paris. An awesome place to chill and people watch.

Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. Luxembourg Gardens is one of my fav places in Paris. An awesome place to chill and people watch.

Sunset over the Seine.

Sunset over the Seine.

Carousel in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Carousel in front of the Eiffel Tower.

I was intrigued by this backdrop, and this being Paris, I had to wait just a minute for the lovely older lady and her dog to walk into the scene. I love the contrast of this older lady and the painting of the young couple in the window,

I was intrigued by this backdrop, and this being Paris, I only had to wait a minute for this lovely older lady and her dog to walk into the scene. I love the contrast of this older lady and the painting of the young couple in the window.

Pere la Chaise Cemetery. Parisians treat this cemetery like a park. Couples will be having lunch on a bench while a few meters away an old lady will be tending to a loved one's grave. It's actually sort of beautiful.

Pere la Chaise Cemetery. Parisians treat this cemetery like a park. Couples will be having lunch on a bench while a few meters away an old lady will be tending to a loved one’s grave. It’s actually sort of beautiful.

 

The Louvre at sunrise.

The Louvre at sunrise. I didn’t have my mini-tripod with me, so I improvised and used a discarded cigarette butt to angle up the Fuji X100t. Whatever works : )

The subway system in Paris rocks! Super easy to navigate and it's clean and you get to hang out with Parisians. They won'y smile at you or talk to you but damn, they look stylish!

The subway system in Paris rocks! Super easy to navigate and it’s clean and you get to hang out with Parisians. They won’t smile at you or talk to you but damn, they look stylish!

Notre Dame Cathedral with the Seine in the foreground.

Notre Dame Cathedral with the Seine in the foreground.

Place de Vosges, the oldest park in Paris. Victor Hugo lived here and Jim Morrison's loft is nearby.

Place de Vosges, the oldest park in Paris. Victor Hugo lived here and Jim Morrison’s loft is nearby. It’s an awesome place to chill and have a picnic lunch and people watch.

République Plaza. I love this part of Paris. It's a little edgier and less touristy. They had some sort of protest or demonstration every night at the plaza. It's was kinda cool witnessing that same Parisian spirit that led to the French Revolution. I could almost hear someone shouting, "Death to King Louis!". : )

République Plaza. I love this part of Paris. It’s a little edgier and less touristy. They had some sort of protest or demonstration almost every night at the plaza. It was kinda cool witnessing that same Parisian spirit that led to the French Revolution. I could almost hear someone shouting, “Death to King Louis!”. : )

Sunrise at the Palais de Justice de Paris. Marie Antoinette was held there before her execution.

Sunrise at the Palais de Justice de Paris. Marie Antoinette was held here before her execution.

Fall along the Seine.

Fall along the Seine.

The late night view of Paris from Montparnasse Tower. The tower itself is an eyesore amidst the beautiful architecture of Paris. But once Parisians saw it completed, they changed their zoning to make sure new building adhered to a more Parisian Aesthetic.

The late night view of Paris from Montparnasse Tower. The tower itself is an eyesore amidst the beautiful architecture of Paris. But once Parisians saw it completed, they changed their zoning to make sure new building adhered to a more Parisian aesthetic. But the view is pretty killer…and the ugly high-rise isn’t in the view. : )

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

 

Feeling back in the Denver groove…slept in till 3am this morning! Even Chaco, my border collie,  won’t get up with me this early.  The plus side of getting up before the sun is that it’s my fav time to explore and take photos. Being almost alone in Notre Dame Cathedral before sunrise last week, except for a group singing/chanting, was magical. Felt sort of timeless hearing their voices echo around the most iconic church in the world.   And I never would have gotten this photo, without tons of people in it, at any other time.

 

This image was shot with the Fuji X100t.  It’s my fav travel camera and I took 99% of my photos with it during trip.

 

Notre Dame Cathedral is simply stunning. And jammed packed with tourists during the day. It's well worth getting up early and beating the crowds.

Notre Dame Cathedral is simply stunning. And jammed packed with tourists during the day. It’s well worth getting up early and beating the crowds.

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Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre, Paris

 

Paris in the fall.   The fall color is amazing, the crowds have thinned out and the weather is perfect for strolling around the arrondissements.   It’s my favorite time of year to visit the City of Lights.    And possibly my favorite place to stay in Paris is in Montmartre.   It’s the Paris of Amelie and Picasso and Dali…and on and on.   Sure, it gets crazy busy with tourists around Sacre Couer during the middle of the day, but walk a few blocks in any direction from that mayhem and you’re in the Paris of Parisians.

 

Here are a few of my fav photos from this last week I’ve stayed in Montmartre.   This week we’re in the Marais so stayed tuned for images from there.   Au revoir!

 

 

Montmartre is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris, and the fall colors right now make it even more beautiful.

Montmartre is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris, and the fall colors right now make it even more beautiful.

Sacre Couer in Montmartre is stunning. It is also super busy during the day. Try to visit in the morning. And definitely take climb the stairs to the top of the church for killer views of Paris.

Sacre Couer in Montmartre is stunning. It is also super busy during the day. Try to visit in the morning. And definitely take climb the stairs to the top of the church for killer views of Paris.

If you're super ambitious, get there as the sun rises and you might get awesome light for your photos.

If you’re super ambitious, get there as the sun rises and you might get awesome light for your photos.

I love all the patisserie's in Montmartre.

I love all the patisserie’s in Montmartre.

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More than any city I've visited. Paris has kept the integrity of their architecture. Take away the cars, and you you could be in centuries old Paris.

More than any city I’ve visited. Paris has kept the integrity of their architecture. Take away the cars, and you could be in centuries old Paris.

Our apartment was on the same plaza that Picasso lived on while he was in Montmartre. The music drifting through our windows from these guitarists, and also an accordion player at times, was heaven.

Our apartment was on the same plaza that Picasso lived on while he was in Montmartre. The music drifting through our windows from these guitarists, and also an accordion player at times, was heaven.

I was loving this composition before these little girls ran up the staircase, but that just made it perfect.

I was loving this composition before these little girls ran up the staircase, but that just made it perfect.

Fall in Montmartre.

Fall in Montmartre.

The vineyard in Montmartre.

The vineyard in Montmartre.

Little parks are everywhere in Montmartre.

Little parks are everywhere in Montmartre.

I'm slowly eating my way through Paris...

I’m slowly eating my way through Paris…

...and I don't think I'm alone in that!

…and I don’t think I’m alone in that!

Moulin Rouge in Pigalle.

Moulin Rouge in Pigalle.

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I always love strolling through cemeteries in Paris.

I always love strolling through cemeteries in Paris. And the Montmartre Cemetery is one of my favs.

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The fall colors in Paris are just about perfect right now.

The fall colors in Paris are just about perfect right now.

 

I’ve shot more color photos this time in Paris than I ever have before.   With the fall colors right now it’s been harder to stick with B&W, which is how I usually see Paris…timeless.   But despite the stunning color, I still had to shoot some B&W.

 

One of my fav things about Paris is the vibrant cafe scene.

One of my fav things about Paris is the vibrant cafe scene.

The Montmartre Cafe.

The Montmartre Cafe.

Lovers hanging out on stairs in Montmartre.

Lovers hanging out on stairs in Montmartre.

Sacre Couer in Montmartre.

Sacre Couer in Montmartre.

No Walmart or Costco in Paris : )

No Walmart or Costco in Paris : )

The best way to get around Paris!

The best way to get around Paris!

My fav city with my amazing daughter...perfect, just perfect.

My fav city with my amazing daughter…perfect, just perfect.

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Paris

Paris – Eiffel Tower

My thoughts and prayers are with Paris.  Paris is one of my favorite places in the world.  Yes, it’s full of tourists, and rude waiters, and only about half of Parisians pick up after their dog (so watch your step!).  But it is also magical.  I travel quite a bit and I’m always heading to places I’ve never been.  I want to see the world.  All of it.  Yet, Paris keeps drawing me back.   I think a lot of people who visit from the States perceive Parisians as rude.   I haven’t found this to be true.  They aren’t Midwestern effusive but in my interactions outside the tourist zones, I’ve found Parisians to be kind people.  More reserved than most people I know in the States but no less thoughtful.   I’ve had a Parisians stop and ask me if I needed directions as I puzzled over my map.   And I’ve experienced dozens of other wonderful interactions in Paris.

My heart is with Paris as it confronts these horrible terrorist attacks.   And these atrocities didn’t for a second make me want to alter my plans to visit Paris this fall.  Nope, I’ll be keeping those plane tickets and looking forward to seeing the most beautiful city in the world.

Vive la France.

 

I shot this photo of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe last summer with the Fuji X-T1 and 35mm 1.4 lens.    The view of Paris from the Arc de Triomphe is stunning.

 

 

 

 

 

The Eiffel Tower photographed from the Arc de Triomphe last June.

The Eiffel Tower photographed from the Arc de Triomphe last June.

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