Even during Winter holidays in January.
It’s always exciting to mark some new destinations as visited. Over the last few years I’ve managed to visit many magnificent places and countries, but France have been that one place that had gone past every single route I’ve taken.
Like with every single thing, there’s right time for it. Recent winter was time for tasting some authentic croissant, elegant French Wine and seeing Eiffel Tower in real life. I must say… visiting Paris during the January was really solid decision. With its warm temperatures going up to +12°C and rainy days mixing with perfect sunny leisure days, it become one of the pleasant surprises on this recent trip.
When rain stops
Arrival to Paris welcomes with such a heavy rain that first things first – direction to closest supermarket and acquiral of umbrella. Only then sweet tooths can get their first of many macarons (French biscuit). And oh, boy, they are having much better flavour than the one’s you tried at hometown bakeries.
So much to see, not so much time to manage everything. Checking in hotel and following up to fulfil Day 1 plan. Our route leads to Panthéon building with it’s remarkable history and storyline it caries.
Dark skies as we enter the building, yet French Tricolour proudly waves to recent breeze or air.
This place originally built as church, after numerous changes, now serves as a mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens, as well as an art gallery.
Exploring different perspectives on indoor mini model of Panthéon.
After a long walk through the all of its chambers and rooms, we head to the exit to be amazed by the view and bright skies.
On the way to Arc de Triomphe. No better caption than “Two men waiting their ladies at Louis Vuitton”. Fashion capital it is!
Arc de Triomphe and we continue to cross of the list spectacular landmarks.
Bright skies interchanges with fog, so for our luck – only keychain tower gets to be fully seen in this photo.
Right next to it we find Pont de Bir-Hakeim better known from movie “Inception”. It really gives this copy+paste feeling, and opening imagination to various sides and angles you could bend this bridge to build your own.
While others went to the top of Eiffel Tower, we decided to switch it for a look on Eiffel Tower. Heading to 56th floor of Montparnasse Tower. While waiting for light show, we start our own portrait session capturing lights behind, winter wind and someones drawn heart in the background, that I notice only now.
Once in a while getting to the other side of the lens.
This view – worth those 20 minutes of waiting on top of the building.
City of elegance – preserving look on street art during the reconstruction process.
Just an regular French cafe on the corner of a street.
Le Mur des Je t’aime or The Wall of Love. Taking pictures of other people taking pictures.
Happy people at some random cafe in Montmartre. Hamburgers? Saumon? Confit? Desserts? What is the specialty here? Yet cheese plate and dessert here perfectly serves their purpose!
Love is all around you!
Pigalle Duperré aka one of the coolest basketball courts ever seen, tucked in between couple of Paris apartments attracts your eyes immediately.
Another check-point you can’t skip on your Paris tour. At least from the outside, while shows can stay for the other type of tourists.
Each country have tried their best to have spectacular opera houses. Palais Garnier built over 14 year span in 19th century have justified modern technologies of that time and the best of art.
Well, maybe this room is bit too much gold for my liking.
While we’re unable to get tickets to cultural events, we manage to find Chez Alain Miam Miam place in Le Marais. The way he prepares and introduces this sandwich is a show worth program. Still hidden, yet already popular place for local and international celebrities to pop by.
That Mona! As seen through bunch of selfie makers. No need to get closer, you’ve got whole Louvre to explore.
And sugar boost right after…
We had come to Paris right after a many weeks of heavy rain. This is the Seine River – water have taken some chairs and access to boats. Luckily to us, only some metro lines were closed during our stay, everything else was fine.
Musée d’Orsay views. In some cases the crowd makes even better captured moments than those panorama views you can google search in a few seconds.
Centre Pompidou and its modern art collection.
Wouldn’t have thought I’ll eat ice-cream on the street during January. In Paris you can!
And loads of tasty wine and appetizers.
Footnotes: All photos shot with a Fujifilm X-T2, with XF 23 mm F1.4 lens or iPhone. Processed in Lightroom CC. January, 2018.