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Ode to Paris

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

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  1. Paris represents a mesmerizing history. The city is a treasure of an anciet regime that I value dearly.
    Epic photos!

    September 27, 2012
  2. I think the cafe picture is my favorite🙂 very personal

    September 27, 2012
    • Thank you for saying so. And you are precisely right … it was a treasured moment in fact. ~Sonya

      September 27, 2012
  3. IR: when i was 14, my younger brother and i tried to climb the Eiffel Tower; we got to the first level… we spent 4 years in Paris with our family…thx for the lovely memories! RT

    September 27, 2012
  4. hemouse #

    Yeah,Paris is a wonderful place

    September 27, 2012
  5. 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

    September 27, 2012
  6. joel gallery #

    Great photo set! thanks..

    September 27, 2012
  7. Thanks for the visit – I now really need to go to Paris myself

    September 27, 2012
  8. Absolutely lovely visiting this beautiful city with you!

    September 27, 2012
  9. Photo #4 is my favourite, nice perspective.

    September 27, 2012
  10. Ooh, la la…it is so hard to choose my favorite. I really loved the book tree, simply because it was a book tree. I think the one on top of Notre Dame was my fave with the muted colors.

    September 27, 2012
  11. *sigh* Can’t wait to go back. Some day… in the meantime, photos are a great way to indulge in la nostalgie!

    September 27, 2012
  12. 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!

    September 27, 2012
  13. I was lucky to have spent a year in Paris many years ago as an Au Pair girl. The job wasn’t so great, but being in Paris made it worthwhile. Got to see so many beautiful places.

    September 27, 2012
  14. erm, do we think you’ve found your favourite place on earth??😀

    September 27, 2012
  15. Wow, these are great, thank you for sharing.

    I always heard the Mona Lisa was a small painting, and like you said all the fuss.

    September 27, 2012
  16. Beautiful post! I so want to go to Paris right now!🙂

    September 27, 2012
  17. *Le sigh*. I wish my husband didn’t hate to travel.

    September 27, 2012
    • Please don’t let that hold you back. ~Sonya

      September 27, 2012
  18. One of my favorite places on earth and your photos make me ache to go back. LOVE that book tree. Was it in the Latin Quarter?

    September 27, 2012
  19. A lovely piece! Thanks🙂

    September 27, 2012
  20. 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!

    September 27, 2012
  21. someday i’m going. what i would give! thanks for taking me in daydream mode! i needed that

    September 27, 2012
  22. 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.🙂

    September 28, 2012
  23. I love Paris and so enjoyed all your photos! Thanks for sharing!

    September 28, 2012
  24. I LOVE PARIS!!! My last visit was 7 years ago😦 and I fell in love with the culture and how beautiful it was.
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    September 28, 2012
  25. Loved the book tree!

    September 28, 2012
  26. 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!

    September 28, 2012
  27. It looked like a great trip! And like many trips, one where the camera just can’t capture all the integrity of the view.

    September 28, 2012
  28. Thank You for taking me along! Fantastic photos loved all the buildings and the book tree that was fun. Actually, I enjoyed all the photos!

    September 28, 2012
  29. 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

    September 28, 2012
  30. Great pics, my fav were the B&W’s and the the tree photo! I cant wait to visit. How long were you in Paris?

    September 29, 2012
  31. Hi. Thank you Jeni for telling me your favorites. I go to Paris numerous times throughout the year. I’ll fly out again day after tomorrow. xx ~Sonya

    September 29, 2012
  32. Your photos of Paris are lovely. Wish I was there!

    September 29, 2012
  33. Paris is wonderful but you2😀

    September 29, 2012
  34. 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!

    September 30, 2012
  35. I’m heading back to Paris again in October and your photos have made me so nostalgic

    September 30, 2012
  36. Oh I I can’t wait to go!!

    October 3, 2012
  37. The more it changes, the more it stays the same…🙂

    October 5, 2012
  38. 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!

    October 27, 2012
  39. Paris itself is beautiful, romantical… but its inhabitants have the reputation to be not so friendly. Haughty and impolite. After all, in France, that’s a common character trait.

    October 27, 2012
  40. Liz #

    I love your writing. And Paris is the most wonderful place. In 2010 I stayed a month just to get soaked in it. Check out my Paris-blog http://www.pur-plaisir.blogspot.com. It’s in Norwegian, but there are pics.

    October 30, 2012
  41. 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…..

    October 31, 2012
  42. 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.

    November 20, 2012

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