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France was on my mind today when a sort of a bitter-sweet nostalgic mood came over me.  I guess it was a longing for the Paris of the past to stay strong and never fade; although, it is certain that everything changes. And so I hang on to some sweet memories and hope for at least a few more intriguing times in the city of love and lights.

Anyway, I’d like to take you out into the city to do some classic visits to places in Paris that you will probably recognize. I hope you can see things with fresh eyes and feel a slight thrill from time to time.

And of course, sometimes all these photos of the Eiffel Tower gets a little tiring…I mean how may miniature Eiffel towers can you view until you’ve just had enough ??

but if you look at the same picture through someone else’s eyes, then the familiar may seem slightly new again.

Night has a completely different feel than day does here.

A view from a boat on the Seine River.

Slightly dizzying.

From a top Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris on a rainy day.

A section of Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris at night … with an unbelievable midnight blue sky.

Heading to the Louvre Museum

All the fuss about Mona Lisa.

Jardin du Luxembourg at dusk (click to enlarge).

Champs-Elysées’ Arc de Triomphe

After climbing the stairs to the top of Champs-Elysées’ Arc de Triomphe, a welcoming view.

View of Paris from atop the Arc de Triomphe

Lunch at a Paris cafe with my niece Caroline.

And along the street, classic views…

Look above my head and you will notice that the tree is decorated with books.

A lovely Parisian sidewalk flower shop.

I hope that you felt like you visited alongside of me…It is good to keep these memories of Paris in a safe place.  xx ~Sonya

46 thoughts on “Ode to Paris

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  2. Now I’m trying to imagine climbing the tower….and it bends my mind to consider this playful and normal experience of attempting to climb an outdoor tower as a child, only it isn’t really a normal, average tower, is it? Adore the story and the fascinating fact about your life. ~Sonya

  3. Sonya, yes indeed you did bring back some very fond memories of my visit there! Thank you for taking me back once again without the expense! “-) The architecture, history and atmosphere really comes through your pictures and your presence in some add to the beauty!

  4. I’m half French and have been to several different cities in France but never Paris. I give up trying to describe how magical an experience it was long ago. The food alone is so different, so…vibrant. I’m glad I went!

  5. WOW, so amazing. And you’re feeling like me at the moment. Yet while blissful, still in a nostalgic state. Though I can speak a little French, I haven’t made over to France yet. It’s a must. Maybe I’ll make it my next extensive journey around the waters. There or Spain, depending on what happens in life. Only upwards though. Enjoy your blog by the way. :)

  6. Lovely! It is so great to revisit a beloved place through somebody else’s eyes. I’m always surprised by people who declare that they’ve “done” a place, as though it’s ticked off their list forever. I could walk the streets of Paris (or Istanbul or Rome…) a thousand times. Thanks for taking me back!

  7. Thank you, Sonya, for taking me to Paris for the first time. Your images are fantastic – I especially love how you capture the variation between day and night. Exquisite! xoxo Melissa

  8. Love that you’ve got a photo of the Mona Lisa fuss, instead of the Mona Lisa. I’m travelling next year and this is the sort of thing I’m looking forward to seeing!

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  10. We just did the same thing with our pictures from the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Somehow everyone’s pictures are that little bit different.
    I love these photos of Paris too. It’s a place I have always wanted to visit, and every blog post I see about it makes me want to go there more. I especially love the book tree, and the close up of the Tower from the Seine!
    Thanks for stopping by and liking our post – it gave me the chance to come see yours!

  11. Reblogged this on havepulsewilltravel and commented:
    One city that is high on my ‘to do’ list is Paris. My gorgeous step daughter Alyssa goes in 4 weeks for a two month exchange program living with a French family and attending school. I am so excited for her and can’t wait to hear all about it on her return. I just wanted to share this great post on my blog as it paints a great pictur, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…..

  12. I just spent a week in Paris and never get tired of being there – it is truly a magical, beautiful place that stays with you until the next visit. I will be posting several articles from my trip on my blog, so others may travel along.

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