Cite

We used the Paris subway system a lot during our stay.  One of our favorites was Cite.  It opened in 1910 and is one of the few with a surviving Art Nouveau entrance and stylish round lamps on the platforms. It is located under the Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine that contains the Notre Dame Cathedral which was our destination.

Paris

Paris

 

14th Arrondissement

There is a service called Paris Greeters that pair you with a local resident who speaks your language of choice. In our case we took a walking tour of the 14th district with Françoise Jamin who happened to be an english teacher. She was very knowledgeable and proud of this area where she and her husband live.  The 14th district of Paris has a “village” atmosphere with many  artists’ studios, shops, squares and a church built with the iron structures of the International Exhibition. This photo is representative of one of the residential streets in the 14th. Paris Greeters is a free service but they accept donations.

Paris

Paris

 

Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre the highest point in Paris.  This is a very popular tourist attraction and I wanted to photograph it without the crowds. I got there so early in the morning I was the only person there for about 30 minutes.  

Paris

Paris

 

Trocadero

There is an elevator that goes to the top of the Eiffel Tower which is 986 feet high.  Coming off the elevator you’re inside an enclosed area but a short stairway allows you to reach a platform that is outside.  This shot of  the Trocadero with the fountains in the foreground was taken from that platform. It was a windy day and the tower was moving enough that I had to increase the shutter speed to get this in focus.

Paris

Paris

The Tower

I have just returned from France in a jet lag haze with hundreds of photos to sort through, edit, and post.  I visited three areas.  Paris, Normandy, and the Loire Valley.  Each area is unique and I will share photos that are majestic or simple, happy or emotional, colorful or black and white.  Those of you that follow this blog may get tired of France and if you do please comment something like “enough of France”.  

This is taken from the Place Debilly Bridge.  I thought this bridge, far from the most beautiful in Paris, complemented the erector set nature of the Tower.

Paris

Paris

Bucket List Fulfillment

After several years of saving we are currently spending two weeks in France. I’m traveling very light so all photos will be edited and posted upon retuning home so here is my first iPhone photo ever posted on my blog.

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Lonely Tree

This shot was taken into the sun and with a long exposure trying to get some drama.

Pismo Beach, CA

Pismo Beach, CA

On the Tracks

I’ve always wanted to literally lay down on the railroad tracks for a photo.  Now I have.

Gaviota Beach

Gaviota Beach

Storm Brewing

San Luis Obispo Concours

I attended a car show on Sunday which was a charity event benefiting Hospice so I wasn’t there to take photos but took a few.  For someone who likes landscape photography it was a different experience.  There was no way to set up a shot.  Too many cars in the way and people everywhere walking into your field of view and all that.  I learned quickly to get in close and be quick.  The first photo is the front fender  emblem of a 1958 Buick Roadmaster.  The second is the rear view mirror from a 1935 Cadillac.  

1958 Buick

1935 Cadillac

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