I’ve been to Paris a few times so I have done a lot of the tourist things. My list of activities for this trip included a museum overdose and lots of wandering collecting images. Some subjects are iconic that I sought out, others were delightful discoveries!
Paris has a lot of fountains, some of the most interesting to me are the Wallace Fountains. You probably don’t know them by name but if you’ve ever been to Paris I’m sure you have seen them. These fountains have graced the city since 1870 and still provide drinking water! I loved refilling my water bottles at these fountains, the water was cold and very good. The spider web on this lady added a certain charm. For more information see http://www.unjourdeplusaparis.com/en/paris-reportage/histoire-fontaines-wallace.
As a photographer I have studied many of the greats. One of my favorites is Henri Cartier-Bresson, best known for his style, a style he termed the decisive moment. His image of the Louvre and Notre Dame through the clock in the D’Orsay Museum is my inspiration for this image. You can leahttps://skjonesart.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2095&action=editrn more about Henri at http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/Cartier-Bresson.html and many other sites online.
My son-in-law discovered an article about a T-Rex sculpture along the Seine River. In the photograph, the dinosaur looked huge and close to the Eiffel Tower; the search was on. There was no large T-Rex to be seen so we googled it, http://senatus.net/article/philippe-pasquas-t-rex-seine-river-paris/, and found that it was standing on a platform at the Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches. We hadn’t seen it because it is small!
We had our first Parisian dinner in the Canal Saint-Martin district; hate to admit that it was hamburgers! We wandered around the area, very jealous of the people fortunate enough to live there. People were spread out a long the canal having picnics with their friends. I enjoy taking pictures cities through reflections. If you look closely at this image you can see people enjoying the evening.
I visited Napoleon’s Tomb and found myself more intrigued by the decorative cannons than the tomb. The tomb is definitely majestic but there is a certain irony in having such exquisite art adorn something that kills people. Below is from a celebration of a peaceful man. http://traveltoeat.com/the-cannons-of-les-invalide-paris/.
The bridges of Paris are covered with locks. What began as a symbolic gesture to women locked in abusive relationships on the Pont des Arts has spread over the city as a symbol of lovers. The sign says that “By scanning the QR-Code with you phone you can unlock the padlock and symbolically free one of these women.”