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Romantic Paris My photographic adventure

Since it has been over thirty years that I have been in Paris, I wanted to stay one week there before flying to Finland to stay with my family this summer.

I rented an apartment in the neighborhood named Buttes Chaumont about 25 minutes from City of Paris. This lovely mixed family neighborhood was full of life and I loved to sit down in small cafes and watch people when they pass by on the street. Parisians just love to spend time outside (specially in summer when it’s nice and hot) and enjoy family dinners in local restaurants.

Cafes open early and people usually stop there for morning coffee before heading to work.

There is a lot of traffic in the streets.

A Chef has a little break..😎

Next day I got up early and took a bus to the city. It cost only € 1.50 from the place where I stayed. I could take a metro also, it was same price but I wanted to see it all when I was in Paris, not spending time under ground.

The Palais Gardier Opera House was my first adventure because of it’s location in the center of the city. The 2200-seat Opera House was built in 1861-1875.
Charles Garnier, French architect of the Beaux-Arts style, is famous for building the Paris Opera House.
Among the theater’s most famous fixtures are the chandelier and the painted ceiling that surrounds it — originally by Jules Eugène Lenepveu, then replaced in 1964 with a new, sprawling work by Marc Chagall depicting scenes from operas by Mozart, Wagner and more.
Closer look at a Marc Chagall painting.
The candelabra - Paris opera house is home of the Phantom of the Opera
“Saturnales,” by the French artist Claude Lévêque. One of them, created in the Paris Opera’s workshop, is a pair of gilded tires that blend seamlessly with, and even add rhythm to, the Garnier’s Grand Staircase.
Opéra, Palais Garnier -Box across from the Emperor’s Box.

After spending a whole day in the Opera House I decided to walk across the street to the Royal Cafe for a cup of coffee and French pastries.

My afternoon coffee and little treat. 😎

Paris is always very crowded.

This picture was taken from the Arc De Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris and was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806

You can see people on the top of the building...

You can climb to the top of the the monument. There is a gift shop and lots of historical facts at the top... The views from the top are worth the climb!

Staircase going to the top...and long way coming down.
You have a most beautiful view for several directions over Paris.
View of the Eiffel Tower is one of them.

This famous historical monument, cathedral Notre Dame was under reconstruction when I was visiting there and I was not able to get in.

Note that the cathedral sustained significant damage as a result of a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It remains closed until further notice.
Located right along the picturesque River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world.

Iconic Eiffel Tower looks so stunning in any light.

Eiffel Tower at night

Paris’ famous shopping center Galeries Lafayette. You have never seen this kind of shopping center before.

This shopping center have the most famous stores.
This six floors shopping center has a lot to offer..,
They have a restaurant on the top of the building and again with a beautiful view.

My last visit in this trip was the Louvre Museum in Paris. Here you can find master pieces of sculptures, art and paintings.

The love story between Psyche and Cupid – yes, the little, winged boy with the love arrows, but grown up – is one of the great classical romances, capable of pulling at the heart strings of classists and normal folk alike. This statue by Antonio Canova, one of the last of the era-defining Italians, captures the most poignant moment of the story with immense tenderness. Despite the fact that Canova, who was a favorite of Napoleon, coaxed the two characters from cold marble, the work pulses with both romance and intense eroticism. It also demonstrates a surprisingly pleasant way to kiss someone.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is a painting that hardly needs an introduction and you definitely should see that when you visit In Paris. I waited 30 minutes to get this close to get a picture.

The Venus de Milo

Along with the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s David, this is probably the most recognized piece of art in the world.

Sleeping Hermaphroditus by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

What looks, at first glimpse, to be a naked woman reclining on a very soft cushion, is actually…a man…er, well, something in between. In fact, it’s a depiction (a Roman copy of a Hellenistic bronze, if you’re a stickler for details) of the god Hermaphroditus who sported both male and female sexual organs.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace
Great Sphinx of Tanis (Old Kingdom, 2600 BC, Old Kingdom)
Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, 1830

Here are just a few of the places I discoved in Paris. There is so much to see. Paris is my number one place to visit in the future again.

Paris, we will see soon again...
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