Eiffel Tower at night

Eiffel Tower at night

The Eiffel Tower is currently the world’s most visited paid monument in the world. Its also one of the most iconic landmarks. Having been to the top of the tower about ten years ago I was keen to photograph it at dusk. Arriving in the daylight gave me time to look around for the best view. I ended up sitting in this spot for about an hour. On the edge of the Place du Trocadero looking along the Jardins du Trocadero in the foreground. There were hundreds of tourists coming and going. People playing and having their photos taking in the fountains in the foreground. I’m happy how this photograph turned out and enjoyed the illuminations. Due to a copyright of the illuminations this photograph isn’t available for licensing or commercial use.

Inside Shakespeare and Company bookshop

Inside Shakespeare and Company bookshop

Shakespeare and Company is an independent English language bookshop in central Paris. It’s across the river from the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Left Bank. This bookstore opened in 1919 by an American Sylvia Beach. It has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right. The inside is compact but much bigger than I expected. Photography isn’t allowed inside without permission. There are many people reading and writing like the lady picture here. She is on her phone and I didn’t use flash or make any noise to capture this interior scene.

Notre Dame Cathedral at dusk

Notre Dame Cathedral at dusk

It’s been over ten years since I was last in Paris. So I was very keen to go back to recapture some of the iconic tourist attractions at night. On our first night in Paris I wasn’t planning any photography but it was a lovely warm evening with a clear sky. Notre-Dame de Paris (French for Our Lady of Paris) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. There were hundreds of tourists in this square in front of the western facade. A couple of nights later I came back to get some better photographs later in the evening with a darker sky. This first attempt with the dark blue twilight sky is my favourite. That is the moon to the right of the cathedral.

Statue at Le Grand Palais Paris

Statue at Le Grand Palais Paris

This statue is on the left side of the Great Palace and was taken on the road that runs along the bank of the River Seine. Built for the Universal Exposition of 1900 it is now a large historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex. Unfortunately I didn’t get time to explore inside. I can’t find any detailed information on this statue but from what I can see at this angle it appears to be four horses and one or more figures.

Ecole du Lourve from the River Seine

Ecole du Lourve from the River Seine

The tourist boats that go up and down the River Seine are a fantastic way to see the wonderful city of Paris. Above is the Ecole du Lourve. This is an institution of higher education located in the Aile de Flore of the Louvre Museum. Taken nearly seven years ago I remember wanting to publish this photograph a few years ago on the website, but after about an hour searching the web couldn’t work out exactly what this building was; all I knew was that it was near and possibly part of the Louvre. Today with Google Street view and Wikipedia I had all the information I needed in a couple of minutes.