Paris Art, Fashion, Food & Beauty

by | Aug 13, 2019 | Photography

Paris art, fashion, food, beauty, sophisticated elegance is the opening scene when you arrive in Paris. At least that’s my interpretation. Whatever you may feel or not about France’s politics, they lack nothing in the categories as mentioned above.

As an amateur Photographer, Paris was an empty canvas. The photo-shoot opportunities were endless. The Museum, Cathedrals, Towers, Rivers Architecture were inviting, roaming through the Musée d’Orsay the former Gare d’ Orsay, A Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. Diligently trying my best to capture images of paintings, and Sculptures that were centuries old crafted by the most influential artists the world has ever seen.

The River Seine was like a moving painting with every tourist boat gliding across the wave-less River, offering more imagery for my camera lens. Musee D’ Orsay sits along the left bank of the River. Pont des Arts also were known as the Love lock bridge crosses over the Seine River. Since 2008 people put locks on the rail of the bridge and grating with their names etched into the lock. It’s a gesture for the couples to committed love. This tradition caused damage to the bridge by 2015 there were 1 million locks, weighing 45 tons. The locks were removed, and an artist painted replicas if the locks. I witnessed this tradition, and I believe that everyone one of those locks people had committed love at that moment. Just an added fun fact the “love lock” idea was not a people of Paris, France tradition. None the less, I photographed the River Seine for hours trying not to duplicate.

The Eiffel Tower and its majestic beauty created views of Paris that stretched for miles. The City at dusk from the Tower exemplified colors of blues, violets and gold shimmers that were simply mesmerizing. The waiting lines and the overcrowded elevators were well worth the images captured that will live on in my memory but, forever in my photographs.

The Notre Dame Cathedral “, Our Lady of Paris,” built between1160-1260 and modified many times. It showcases stained glass windows with incredible scale, etchings, and sculptures of Priests line the walls outside of the Cathedral. Well over 12 million people visit per year, and my Camera and I were among the lucky ones. It’s an overwhelming structure that captivates and draws you into its religious significance and Architectural masterpiece.

The Musée du Louvre was an exhausting adventure. It’s impossible to cover the entire Museum in one day. As I recall the tickets can be purchased as a two day pass discounted. I chose one day because of time constraints. The Museum contains more than Three hundred eighty thousand objects and displays 35,000 works of art. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo De Vinci is displayed, but no photos are allowed. The Sculptures, Antonio Canova’s Psyche Revived by Cupids Kiss, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory some of the most famous.

I found the nightlife and cafes to have an air of sophistication that left you relaxed and interested. The real value was the dinning in Paris the most off the beaten path Cafes, and restaurants offered first-class meals at a fraction of the cost of some of the high-end Michelin rated counterparts. If you don’t require all the fluff and fuss the off the path is the way to go. Ditto for the wine, if you’re a drinker, you’ll find bottles of wine that typically costs 60 dollars plus in the States for a fraction of the cost.

Add it all up, and Paris is an artist photographers’ food lover and wine drinkers dream come true. Merci beaucoup, Paris!!