Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

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I saw this woman dancing as I was crossing a bridge in Paris.  She was so elegant and graceful swirling and twirling the dress as she moved. What a treat it was just to watch!

Quintessentially Paris

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The Seine with Pont Neuf and Eiffel Tower in the background.

(Color version on Visual Venturing.) A favored Paris tourist experience is to view the city from the waters of the Seine. Here, one of the legendary “Bateaux-Mouches” sails toward scenic Pont Neuf, while the Eiffel Tower and the Institut de France beckon in the background.

And, now, for those of us old enough to remember The Kingston Trio, I can’t get this song out of my head! (If you click on the link to listen, I guarantee you’ll never think of Paris or the Seine again without humming this song 😉)

The Seine

One night along the river at St. Germain de Pre,
I first met my beloved at a small sidewalk cafe.
We walked along the river, the shadows passing by
but we only saw each other, the shining water and the sky.
The Seine, the Seine, when will I again meet her there,
greet her there on the moonlit banks of the Seine?
Standing there across the river, mid sound of horn and tram,
in all her quiet beauty, the cathedral Notre Dame,
And as we passed beside her, I said a little prayer
that when this dream was over, I’d awake and find you there.
We walked along the river, ’till dawn was coming nigh.
Beneath the Eiffel Tower we said our last good-bye.
There on that splendid morning, I left you all in tears
and the beauty of that hour will shine within me through the years
The Seine, the Seine, when will I again, meet her there,
greet her there on the moonlit banks of the Seine.

Rue Chanoinesse

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Rue Chanoinesse, Paris, France

Another trip down Paris memory lane. Rue Chanoinesse is a welcome respite from the tourist-packed Notre Dame, only a block away but feeling worlds apart. We stumbled upon it after enjoying some time in a cafe overlooking the Pont Saint-Louis and Notre Dame.

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Pyramide du Louvre

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Louvre Pyramid viewed through an alcoved archway.

Not all the treasures in the Louvre Museum in Paris are sculptures or paintings or jewels. This scene — an alcoved archway framing the famous Louvre Pyramid  (and one of the three smaller pyramids in the main courtyard) against the backdrop of the palace’s Richelieu Wing — took my breath away. C’est magnifique!

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
From Le Flore en l’Ile cafe, Île Saint-Louis, Paris

It’s amazing the life post-processing can bring to old jpeg files. I took this photo in 2010 with my Nikon D90 and kit lens, before I knew anything about photography (can we talk about cutting off the steeple?). But as I worked on it, Paris came alive before my eyes. And I was transported to the cafe where we spent a wonderful mid-afternoon break people-watching against the backdrop of Pont Saint-Louis and Notre Dame. J’adore Paris!

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Parisian Dichotomy

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Paris, La Defense and Avenue de la Grande Armee from atop Arc de TriompheParis, July 2010

Charming Avenue de la Grande Armée viewed from atop the Arc de Triomphe, with modernistic La Défense in the distance.

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Love in Paris

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Bride and groom on Île Saint Louis, Paris, with the River Seine in the background.This photo, in color, was among the first photos I posted to I thought I would revisit it with my “B&W eyes.”

While approaching the tip of Île Saint Louis in Paris with my husband and daughter, we spied this bride and groom posing for photographs. The wedding dress just took my breath away, and with the backdrop of the Seine, I just had to take a photo.

Now, four years later, I realize this was my first attempt at street photography, before I was even aware there was such a thing. I remember very quickly raising my camera to my eye, snapping the picture, and just as quickly walking away. I thought for certain someone was going to come up behind me and grab my camera out of my hands, yelling at me in French that I had done something illegal. But of course, they were paying no attention to me, only to each other. And though, in my nervous haste, I missed capturing their faces, if I had I to do it all over again, I probably would take the same shot — it really was all about that exquisite dress!