Collection: A Short Day In Paris

We went to Paris for lunch on Wednesday.

This was 2004 The Chunnel (as it was nicknamed then) was only recently opened, and so we took a one day trip to Paris. We did indeed have lunch.

There aren't a lot of photos in this collection, but the ones here contain moments that I remember, and mostly enjoyed. I'd like to go back on a less rushed basis. Certainly more than just one day's worth of sightseeing.
A Short Day In Paris


Enjoy!

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Paris At Rush Hour

Could be any big city, no?

The view down a side street from our bus as we headed back to Terminus Nord to catch the Eurostar. Not quite as congested as Beijing or Xian . . . or Shanghai. Maybe not as bad as London. But still, much in common with the experience of all urban commuters: stop and go traffic sucks no matter which side of the world you are on.

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*A Study In Motion"

Accidental, of course

Everything was in motion: The bus, other vehicles, the guy pushing the cart, the girl trying to shield her head from the rain- even the guy in the red jacket, who seems the most still thing in the frame.

There is something about this photo that I've liked since I first saw it on the tiny LCD on my camera. The colors, the motion blur, and the- mostly accidental- composition. (I did take this out of a moving bus window!)

This sort of symbolizes Paris at rush hour. And we were in the middle of it, on our way back to Terminus Nord to catch the Eurostar back to London.

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The Mona Lisa Room

Newly re-hung after restoration.

I didn't even try to get up close. The room was tighter than elbow-to-elbow on the other side of the barrier. I wasn't being overly mindful, and so accidentally captured a young girl being likewise captured by her dad.

And, you know, serendipity is your friend when at the moment I clicked my shutter, someone up close fired off their flash so you can actually see Mona Lisa behind her protective ultra-violet glass filter. I've heard that Ms. Mona . . . er, Lisa . . . er, the painting has been moved yet again. I wouldn't know, because I haven't been back to see for myself.

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The Louvre Museum

The day did seem that blue.

This, if you've spent several years in a cave or something, is the pyramid entrance to the Louvre. The building was once a French royal palace. but it's been in the possession of The People for a long, long time now.

It's not a great shot because the crummy camera I had just wasn't up to the challenge. The colors on the original JPEG were a bit wonky, and I don't have the heart to bang my head on it again. Maybe one day.

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Didin't have time to go inside.

My friend and I were only booked for the latter half of the Louvre tour, so we went across the river and had some lunch, then strolled around the streets. And by "strolled," I mean that we got severely dampened by the same hail storm that had soaked us two days earlier at Stonehenge.

We did eventually make our way to Notre Dame, but it was (not unexpectedly in the middle of the day) throttled with tourists, and we had to catch a cab to meet our tour of the Louvre Museum.

This shot is a vertorama made from two handheld horizontal aspect shots. I haven't tried a re-do of this with a newer version of Photoshop's panorama stitching technology, but this is good enough that I don't think I need to.

As with some other photos in the "A Short Day In Paris" collection, it was uploaded long ago, but apparently never shared. Or a post might have been deleted for one reason or another. I don't know.

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