“8:26pm Paris in the Spring”
Paris, France. May 2018. (10 photos)
This is Part 2 of my France 2018 photo series, and also Part 2 of my Europe 2018 photo series.
Is it inevitable that any visitor to Paris will find themselves strolling along the Seine at some point in time?
I believe so and I certainly did. Life in Paris seems to gravitate there.
“10:09pm Sous le pont”
On a beautiful clear evening in the Parisian Spring, when the sun didn’t set until well past 9pm, I strolled along the Seine looking to take a few characteristic photographs.
“10:21pm Notre Dame through the ages”
“10:53pm Nostalgia is denial; denial of the painful present*”
“11:41pm La vue de Pont Alexandre III”
“11:48pm We don’t have the big things in common, but we have the little things*”
“11:53pm La ville lumière”
“11:58pm Midnight in Paris”
12:03am La Tour Eiffel”
The Eiffel Tower lights don’t come on exactly at sunset or even a set time period after sunset. I suspect they come on when the ambient light reaches a certain level, or maybe just when someone remembers to turn them on.
However on the hour a 5 minute glittering superimposed light show occurs which is magical to watch. At 1am only, the background tower lights are turned off before the glittering light show begins. For those 5 minutes, the tower sparkles with no visible skeleton to support it. It gives the tower a completely different appearance.
12:31am I can never decide whether Paris is more beautiful by day or by night*”
* Quotes from Midnight in Paris, a film written and directed by Woody Allen (2011).