Sam's Exotic Photos of Paris, France - The City of Light and Romance
Paris intrigues, astonishes, provokes, overwhelms, and ultimately gets under your skin. The City of Light is the apex of architectural beauty, artistic expression, and culinary delight, and it knows it. As drop-dead arrogant as the Arc de Triomphe, as disarmingly quaint as a lace-curtain bistro, it seduces newcomers with a Latin-lover style -- and its subtle siren song invites unhurried exploration.
Paris is a city of vast, noble perspectives and intimate, ramshackle streets, of formal espaces verts (green open spaces) and of quiet squares. This combination of the pompous and the private is one of the secrets of its perennial pull. Another is its size. Paris is relatively small as capitals go, with distances between many of its major sights and museums invariably walkable.
Paris is a city of vast, noble perspectives and intimate, ramshackle streets, of green open spaces and of quiet squares. This combination of the pompous and the private is one of the secrets of its perennial pull. Another is its size. Paris is relatively small as capitals go, with distances between many of its major sights and museums invariably walkable.
Arch de Triomphe - Inspired by Rome's Arch of Titus, this colossal, 164-foot triumphal arch was planned by Napoléon -- who liked to consider himself the heir to the Roman emperors -- to celebrate his military successes. Empires come and go, and Napoléon's had been gone for more than 20 years before the Arc de Triomphe was finally finished, in 1836.
Eiffel Tower - Created for the World Exhibition of 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel -- already famous for building viaducts and bridges -- worked two years to erect this monument. Today the Tour is most breathtaking at night, when every girder is highlighted in a sparkling display originally conceived to celebrate the turn of the millennium, with 20,000 lights shimmer for 10 minutes every hour on the hour until 1 AM in winter and 2 AM in summer.
Louvre Museum - Originally constructed as the royal residence under Charles V, it was eventually converted to a state-owned museum in 1848. The collection of art began when The collection began with 12 paintings from Italy, including works by Titian, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci, the most famous being the Mona Lisa. Today, the catalogue lists nearly 300,000 works, only a fraction of which are on display at any one time. The Pyramid, the new reception area, was completed in April 1989.
Notre Dame Cathedral - A gothic masterpiece. Notre Dame, conceived by Maurice de Sully, was built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries (1163-1345). Its stainglass windows and the huge interior are stunning artistic experiences of mystical dimension. Located on the Cité island and surrounded by the Seine river, Notre-Dame is a flagship of the Parisian landscape.
Paris Opera House - Haunt of the Phantom of the Opera, the real-life setting for some of Edgar Degas's famous ballet paintings, and still the most opulent theater in the world, the Paris Opéra was begun in 1862 by Charles Garnier at the behest of Napoléon III. Expenses slowed the work down, and it was not completed until 1875, five years after the emperor's abdication.
People - From streetwalk painters to Parisians at rest, typical Paris.
Seine River Sunset Cruise - Many of the historic landmarks were all built along the Seine. A must for any new visitor. Views were magnificent.
Street Scenes - Other sites, from historical landmarks to every day life, all from the city of romance.
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