Paris

Last stop on my inaugural European Tour 2018 was Paris. Before I left on this trip my daughter told me that Paris would change my life, and it did. To call a place a "shooting gallery" as some photographers do I find distasteful, but in Paris there is a picture EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK. From the sublime architecture expressed in its monuments, museums and notable buildings and parks to the stunning yet every day street scenes to the people with their Parisienne style and openness, to spend time in Pais as a photographer is to be in nirvana. I had a week there and wish that it was longer, in fact, like a lot of people who visit the city of light I'm plotting on how I might live there! I stayed in a hotel in Montparnasse which was a short, downhill ten minute walk to Saint Germain, the Seine River, the Louvre and all that the Ile de la Citi has to offer. I have chosen more photographs then usual and I'm not sure that my selection still gives a cross section of my experience in this beautiful city.

My next, and last, blog post from this trip will include some long exposure photography in both Paris and Portugal. Stay tuned.

 My room with a view. Parisienne architecture. Montparnasse.

My room with a view. Parisienne architecture. Montparnasse.

 A typical French waiter takes a break.

A typical French waiter takes a break.

 Arc de Triopmhe.

Arc de Triopmhe.

 Liberte. Egalité. Fraternité.

Liberte. Egalité. Fraternité.

 Uber cool Metro signs are works of art in themselves.

Uber cool Metro signs are works of art in themselves.

 Coals to Newcastle. Italian lingerie comes to Paris?

Coals to Newcastle. Italian lingerie comes to Paris?

 Self explanatory.

Self explanatory.

 Three red blinds and the Seine.

Three red blinds and the Seine.

 Cafe Society.

Cafe Society.

 Old meets new. Montparnasse.

Old meets new. Montparnasse.

 And a good time was had by all. Musee Rodin.

And a good time was had by all. Musee Rodin.

 Part of the magnificent interior of Sainte Chapelle Church.

Part of the magnificent interior of Sainte Chapelle Church.

 Damed social media updates!

Damed social media updates!

 The Louvre.

The Louvre.

 Two of my favorite places.

Two of my favorite places.

 Is it just me or is the guy on the scooter Mandy Patinkin?

Is it just me or is the guy on the scooter Mandy Patinkin?

 French advertising. Oh lala!

French advertising. Oh lala!

 Sunday morning Saint Germain Chic

Sunday morning Saint Germain Chic