Cobble stone streets, deep, pink flowers falling over balconies, ornate bridges with gold-plated animals, picnics in lush gardens: this city is classy and oh-so photogenic. Here are my favorite pictures; these images show iconic locations around Paris and hint at the allure that seeps out of the pores of Paris.
In the plaza of République, an up-and-coming, offbeat hub, teen boys whiz by on skateboards while recording each others tricks.
As the sun dips behind the clouds, a silhouetted Marianne extends her olive branch in a gesture of peace.
A walk through the well manicured trees of the Tuileries is especially enlivening in October when the leaves are turning a burnt orange.
The north end of the Louvre is blissfully sandwiched between a cloudless blue sky and the gardens.
The early morning is one of the few times when you can take in the grandeur of the Louvre without the throngs of tourists.
Taking in art for hours at the Louvre calls for a little rest. While sitting at a small window seat on the second floor, I enjoyed watching the action in the Louvre plaza and spotting the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
A different view from a second story window.
Sunlight reflects off gold locks that smitten couples have secured on the fence of the Pont Des Arts.
A jumble of love locks with sharpie script interlink and threaten to weigh down the wire holding them up.
The locks nestle together while the keys to unlock them rest underneath the bridge, at the bottom of the Seine.
A view of Pont Des Arts and La Seine from Pont Neuf.
Parisian teens and families tear off pieces of baguette and pop grapes into their mouth while basking in the grassy areas of the Luxembourg Gardens.
A French toddler struggles to hold up a big camera as he snaps pictures of his giggling mother.
I could not get enough of this bridge. Even under a dark, rainy sky, the gold, winged horses of Pont Alexandre gleam.
The heavy, black lamps render the gold atop the pillars delicate and striking.
Even though I loved the bridge in the rain, the blue skies bring out the details of this ornate, lavish bridge.
Pont Alexandre is still eye-catching, even from behind a yucca plant.
A walk along Cours la Reine offers a view Pont Alexandre, the Eiffel Tower, and docked boats bobbing in La Seine.
Can you spot the Quasimodo ringing the church bells?
It’s as if the arrow on the Quai Andre Citroen is telling you exactly where to stand for a straight shot of the Eiffel Tower.
The inhabitants who leave these apartments every day scored a winning view.
The Eiffel Tower is no stranger to standing under a grey, temperamental sky.
If you stand under the Eiffel tower when the clouds are moving fast- for a split second- it feels like the Eiffel tower is falling.
The only disadvantage about the view from the Eiffel Tower- is that you can’t see the Eiffel Tower.
The arc de Triomphe is a fulfilling end-point after making it past the swanky, high-end stores of Champs Elysees.
Sacre Coeur watches over the city at night while Parisians scatter on its steps drinking beer and wine and enjoying street performances.
Montmartre is about hills, stairs, and umbrellas that are just as bright and eccentric as the street art.
Bargain hunters at Sympa sort through bins of new, but damaged, brand names pieces for dirt cheap.
Old, weathered decorations adorn above ground tombs.
Oscar Wilde’s tomb now has glass all around it to protect it from red, lip-stick smooches left behind by lady fans. Wilting flowers have still been thrown inside the glass area and the reflection of the glass shows the tomb directly behind his.
Store fronts saturated with color pop out under wrought iron window balconies. Even with so many must-see spots in Paris, sometimes it’s necessary to forget the final destination in order to enjoy strolling through the streets.
Even quiet, empty, graffitied streets are enchanting. Take a walk with me?
Ahh, Paris, you’re a fabulous feast for the eyes (and the lens). Audrey Hepburn was right- Paris is ALWAYS a good idea.