This being my first post of the year, wishing you all a spectacular and swashbuckling new year 2010. As Priya Raju said, Paris is a charming and beautiful city. My amateur photography skills can hardly do any justice to its beauty. Here is my bold attempt at a photo essay of Paris – my first such attempt on this blog. All the pics lead to a bigger sized version, when you click on them.
After considering several possibilities, i decided to begin the photo essay at the Rue Moufftard (Rue is French for Road) – the old road that has been around from the Roman period, that led to Italy. Wikipedia says, the road has been around from the Neolithic times!
It is now a charming street lined with eateries and shops and looks like this.
Everyones knows Paris inspired/inspires so many artists and designers. But little did we expect to see a master’s work right on the street. On the way to Rue Moufftard we were taken in by a Pierre Alechinsky on a building on Rue Descartes. Wow!
We were a bit dismayed by the amount of graffiti on the streets till our guide pointed out that even graffiti is taken very seriously by the Parisians. It is such serious stuff, that a few of the graffiti artists are invited to display their work by people. Here is one of the more famous graffiti artists Miss Tic adorning a restaurant front.
You know, when a street looks something like the one below, you can’t help walking back and forth on it. Here is the inimitable Champs Elysees with the majestic Arc de Triomphe on the other side.
Priya Raju insisted that we view the famed Eiffel Tower from Place du Trocadero – you get the best views of the Eiffel Tower here. I am glad, we managed to do it on the last day, just before we caught our flight back. Unfortunately, it was a bit foggy that day. Even then, the Eiffel Tower manages to capture your imagination.
A trip to Paris is incomplete without going atop the Eiffel Tower. The views from the top are seen to be believed. Here are a few samples.
The city managers have managed to preserve the skyline extremely well. However to the far end of Paris, you can see some high rise buildings, Tour Montparnasse, one of the tallest is an example. Our guide said, many Parisians hate the skyscraper. Wish, India had a fraction of the design sense. Hmm.
Here is a view of the Trocadero which is where i took the first picture above from.
We stayed in a hotel on Quai de Grenelle and the view of that road from atop of Eiffel was spectacular.
The Montmartre village, which is home to the picturesque Sacre Couer basilica, set atop a hill, was the home of several of the great masters including Vincent Van Gogh.
I will end the photo essay with the famous Moulin de la Galette, the windmill at the end of the street in which Vincent Van Gogh lived.
Hope you all liked the photo essay? I plan to do one or two more photo essays, as Priya Raju unravels more of Paris in her next post.