|Paris, seen from Notre-Dame Cathedral|
Riding the TGV
|Rue Mouffetard, near my hostel|
|The Orsay Museum|
As the museum was closing, I popped in to a temporary exhibition on the photography of Félix Thiollier and really, really loved it. His pictures surprised me because I had no idea that artists had already become so skilled at photography in the mid- to late-19th century; his composition and control of light made industrial France feel very contemporary, even in black-and-white.
|The Eiffel Tower|
Anyway, on the first or second level, a couple got engaged. Yep…it was pretty much perfect. And yes, I was a creeper and took a picture of it.
|Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles|
I didn’t really like the Palace of Versailles proper: there were too many massive tour groups to get decent pictures and, like I said above, I don’t give two hoots about palaces. The Hall of Mirrors gave me chills, though—that was were the Treaty of Versailles was signed (get it?) and, therefore, where the foundations of World War II were laid.
|Grand Trianon, Versailles|
Museum of the Middle Ages / Cluny Museum
|Visigothic votive crowns, Cluny Museum|
Arc de Triomphe & Champs Élysées
|Arc de Triomphe|
|Avenue des Champs Élysées|
|Louvre Museum courtyard and pyramid|
|Venus de Milo statue|
|People photographing the Mona Lisa|
Notre-Dame Cathedral & Midnight Mass
|Notre-Dame Cathedral, west façade|
Sacre-Cœur Basilica & Montmartre
After Paris, the next stop would be Bayeux, on the coast of Normandy to the northwest.
If you’ve been to Paris before, what was your favorite thing about the city? If you haven’t been yet, do the infamous hordes of tourists make you afraid to even visit at all? Comment below!
For more pictures, check out my set on Flickr here.