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Photo – Lighthouse in Brest, France

By | April 26, 2013 | in Photos

Petit Minou Lighthouse (“Little Mouth”) on the western tip of France near Brest (Bretagne region).  Completed and began service in 1848 and still operates today. Closest TGV train station is Rennes. Sous le Petit Minou by LE DILHUIT Nicolas

Photo – Louvre Inverted Pyramid

By | April 23, 2013 | in Photos

Louvre inverted pyramid found inside & underneath the main courtyard’s glass pyramids. Designed by IM Pei and completed in 1993. Closest Metro stations are Palais Royale – Musée du Louvre and Louvre Rivoli, both on Metro Line 1 (yellow). Close by are the Tuileries Garden, which lead west towards Place de la Concorde with its … Read more

Photo – Arc de Triomphe sunset

By | April 21, 2013 | in Photos

Arc de Triomphe with the last rays of sun spilling through the arch as evening arrives. It’s possible to visit the top of this arch for a view over the city.  It’s interesting to see how this monument lines up with the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre, La Défense and the Eiffel Tower. Closest … Read more

Photo – Mont Saint-Michel

By | April 15, 2013 | in Photos

Le Mont Saint-Michel citadel in Normandy is an UNESCO World Heritage site, impressive to behold and visit.  (Photo by Duc de Salier) 4 hours total travel time from Paris to Rennes to Mont Saint-Michel (TGV + coach [bus]) gets you to the citadel.  Search for TGV tickets from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel.  This will include the … Read more

Photo – Eiffel Tower from Below

By | April 10, 2013 | in Photos

Wide angle photo of Eiffel Tower from base.  I like the striking perspective on this shot from Sydney Low, which lends to the feeling of the enormity of the base. Closest Metro/RER Stations to Eiffel Tower: Bir Hakem – Metro Line 6 (green) Ecole Militaire – Metro Line 8 (light purple) Champ de Mars Tour … Read more

Photo – Paris Residential Architecture

By | April 8, 2013 | in Photos

Paris residential architecture. Tilt-shift lens makes everything look miniature. It’s surprising that nearly all residential buildings in central Paris are low-rise, usually 5 stories or less. Only a few buildings reach higher such as Montparnasse Tower with its 59 floors. Photo by Alexandra Petrova. Paris TS by Alexandra Petrova

Photo – Napoleon’s Tomb

By | April 4, 2013 | in Photos

Napoleon rests in an enormous sarcophagus below the dome of Les Invalides.  This picture by René Warich shows the interior of the dome with light streaming from one of the windows as onlookers view the sarcophagus (out of view) from above. The closest Metro stations to Les Invalides are: Varenne on Metro Line 13 (aquamarine … Read more

Photo – Timeless Eiffel Tower

By | March 26, 2013 | in Photos

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro promenade. Situated across the Seine from the tower, the Trocadéro has a full unobstructed view of la Tour Eiffel, day or night, captured here by Viktor Korostynski.  Closest Metro station: Trocadéro on Metro Line 6 & 9.  Closest RER Station is Pont de l’Alma on RER C. Flanked … Read more

Photo – Arts et Métiers Paris Metro station

By | March 19, 2013 | in Photos

This photo of Paris Metro station, Arts et Métiers (Arts & Crafts) by Loïc Lagarde shows how whimsical some stations are decorated within the Paris Metro system. In this instance métiers means “trade crafts”, hence the industrial looking riveted walls. Close by: Great coffee and home-baked goods in an artsy/laid-back café, Merce and the Muse, … Read more