The following post is about my recent travel to Paris, France, back in December 2015, and the photographs I captured during the trip. All photos were taken with a wide angle lens (Canon EF-S 10–22mm). Select photos have been added to Paris in Wide Angle album.
It was 10 am, the time that I arrived to Paris to continue my vacation. Surprisingly it was a warm morning for December. Despite of an early morning flight from Baku, I wasn’t tired. To not waste time, I decided to go for a walk once I unpacked.
After a 6 minute subway ride we exited at Rambuteau and walked towards Centre Georges Pompidou. Centre Pompidou is a stunning building which is hosting the largest modern art museum in Europe. It was commissioned by Georges Pompidou (French president from 1969 to 1974) and inaugurated on January 31st 1977. The building is unique by its architecture exposing the building’s pipes on the facade: blue pipes for air conditioning, green pipes for water, yellow pipes for electric lines, and white pipes for basement venting. Elevators are red.
Right next to Centre Pompidou there is Stravinsky Fountain with 16 surrealist sculpted fountains representing musical works of Igor Stravinsky. On the background – Église Saint-Merri (church that was built in the 16th century) and Chuuuttt! (gigantic stencil created by Jef Aérosol on the wall of a building overlooking Place Igor Stravinsky).
We strolled towards Seine, enjoying the weather and the city. Next stop was at Hôtel de Ville (the City Hall). It has been serving as the headquarters of the municipality of Paris since 1357. The building was burned in 1871 and reconstructed late 19th century.
Towards Île de la Cité. Île de la Cité is one of the two remaining natural islands in Paris. On of the most visited landmarks on the island is the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.
Île Saint-Louis and Seine view from the Pont d’Arcole. This bridge is connecting Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville and the Île de la Cité.
Hôtel-de-Ville, Pont d’Arcole, and police boat on Seine.
Couple minutes of walk, and here it was standing in front of us – Notre-Dame de Paris. The cathedral is among the most well-know churches in the world, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. It is one of the main touristic spots in Paris, attracting approximately 13 million from all over the world every year. The building of the cathedral was completed over the course of 200 years; it was started in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in 1345.
Notre-Dame de Paris, Seine, and Pont au Double view. We continued our stroll towards the Place Saint-Michel.
Getting closer to the Place Saint-Michel. The square in the Latin Quarter, on the borderline between the 5th and 6th administrative districts of Paris.
The Place Saint-Michel is known as the site of the Fontaine Saint-Michel (St. Michael Fountain), constructed by Gabriel Davioud in 1855-60. Initially it was planned to depict Napoleon Bonaparte, but after controversy it was decided that the statue would be an image of Saint Michael, the Archangel (Saint Michel in French), with two dragons that spout water into the fountain and figures of the four classical cardinal virtues.
Around the Fontaine Saint-Michel.
We saw the police clearing the road and stopping all the cars. All of a sudden hundreds of roller skaters passed next to us.
We continued our walk towards The Louvre, passing Pont des Arts. The bridge was designed and constructed early 19th century, connecting Institut de France and the central square of the Palais du Louvre. The bridge was damaged during WWI and WWII. The reconstruction of Pont des Arts was finished in 1984. Lately it has been famous for being the bridge with love locks. In 2015, due to safety concerns, 45 tons of locks were removed, and railings were replaced.
A bit of BW Paris – Île de la Cité and Seine view from Pont des Arts.
Our final stop for the day was at The Louvre.
To be continued on Day 2