“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 lumiΓ¨re”

“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).

This is Part 2 of my France 2018 photo series.
This is Part 2 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Paris in the Spring (2)


87 thoughts on “Paris in the Spring (2)

    • Thank you very much. I like to get photos from different angles/heights and in different light, when possible. I purposefully had my tripod with me whilst out that night, just to get such photos.

  1. Breathtaking night tour of Paris, Dragon! Thank you for the wonderful treat. πŸ™‚ I had never manage to take night shots in Paris.

  2. Absolutely stunning shots LD. I love the way you have included the statues in the foreground. Your Eiffel tower at night make my photos look terrible! But it’s all in the seeing πŸ™‚

  3. Heide says:

    I fell behind in my reading and somehow missed your beautiful post. LOVE your “hour by hour” approach! Also, had no idea about that special sparkly thing the Eiffel Tower does at 1 a.m. Will have to down a couple of extra cups of cafΓ© next spring and stay up to see that. Thank you (as always) for sharing your wonderful photos and stories.

    • Thank you. Yes, at 1am the structural lights go off and the sparkly lights come on, for 5 minutes. I had some other things I wanted to photograph at night but didn’t get around to doing. I guess I have to go back, too.

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