“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” …Shakespeare.

Paris, France. May-June 2018 (19 photos)

This is Part 9 of my France 2018 photo series, and also Part 26 of my Europe 2018 photo series.

Well, I’ve previously given you a taste of the Left Bank of Paris. So how about a brief taste of the Right Bank of Paris in the Spring, maybe even with a touch of Vaudeville?

Vaudeville is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment born in France at the end of 1700. A vaudeville is a comedy without psychological or moral intentions, based on a comical situation. It was originally a kind of dramatic composition or light poetry, usually a comedy, interspersed with songs or ballets. It became popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s until the early 1930s, but the idea of Vaudeville’s theatre changed radically from its French antecedent.

“Arc de Triomphe”

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l’Étoile — the étoile or “star” of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes.

See the people up top? You can climb the stairs to the top for some nice views above Paris.

“Dragon’s eye view”

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is an avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and 70 metres (230 ft) wide, running between Place Charles de Gaulle and Place de la Concorde which you can barely see in the distance. The name is French for the Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology. The Champs-Élysées is widely regarded to be one of the most recognisable avenues in the world.

“The Fountain of Rivers”

One of the two fountains in the Place de la Concorde. Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris and was the site of many notable public executions by guillotine during the French Revolution, including King Louis XVI, Queen Marie Antoinette, Princess Élisabeth of France, and Maximilien Robespierre.

“Parisian moment #207”

The Petit Palais (small palace) is an art museum originally built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle (“universal exhibition”). It now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts.

“Les fils de Cain”

Statue of The Sons of Cain, sculpted by Paul Landowski, in an area of the Jardin des Tuileries next to the River Seine.

“Parisian moment #467”

One of several Pétanque games I saw played around Paris.

“Just a stroll in the park”

Trees in public parks in Paris have a uniform typical appearance since they are all maintained by one particular company, I was told. This was in the Jardin du Palais Royal.

“I am your angel of music”

There are many interesting details around town. The lyre incorporated into the design of this street light suggests its location…

“The Phantom of the Opera is there, inside my mind…”

This is one of the halls in the Palais Garnier (Opera Garnier), which happens to be the setting for the story of The Phantom of the Opera. Did you know there really is an underground lake beneath the building? I visited the Palais Garnier twice. Once during the day because I was in the area so I took the self guided audio tour. Then again in the evening for a prebooked after hours tour when the building was almost empty. I’m glad my mask was still untouched where I left it hidden all those years ago.


A rather famous mural by Jef Aerosol in the Beauborg area. It measures 22m high by 14m wide. Street art is taken to another level in Paris, particularly in the 13th Arrondissement.

“Canal Saint-Martin”

“Not so ideal”

The Right Bank, known as Rive Droite, refers to the northern arrondissements of Paris, whose natural border is the Seine River. It’s a larger area than the Left Bank of Paris. I’ve previously posted about other areas of the Right Bank:

In Paris in the Spring (3) I show you around Montmartre.
In Paris in the Spring (4) I show you around Le Marais.
In Paris in the Spring (5) I show you around the area east of Le Marais, including Canal Saint-Martin and Faubourg Saint-Antoine.
In Paris in the Spring (6) I show you around Cimetière du Père Llachaise.

“I heart Paris”

“No parking, day or night”

“Parisian moment #542”

“Following the rose line”

This is the world’s largest art museum. In 2017, the Louvre was also the world’s most visited art museum, receiving 8.1 million visitors. So, is there a way to photograph it so that it is recognisable but also different to the myriad of other photos out there? I don’t know the answer to that.

“The Holy Grail ‘neath ancient Roslin waits.
The blade and chalice guarding o’er Her gates.
Adorned by masters’ loving art, She lies.
She rests at last beneath the starry skies.”

“Sunset in Paris”

Sunset over the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, a triumphal arch located in the Place du Carrousel near the Louvre. It was built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories of the previous year.

This is Part 9 of my France 2018 photo series.
This is Part 26 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 (8)


86 thoughts on “Paris in the Spring (8)

    • Thank you. Yes, you can see photos on line. It’s not as glamorous or mysterious as the musical would have you believe, but still I’d like to go down there if possible.

  1. I see your point but I think you’re doing it as differently as remotely possible. I wonder if you saw the new Arc d’Triomphe from the old one. I only climbed the new one (by lift) and I remember seeing the old one in the straight line.

    • Thank you. I try my best. 🙂
      Yes, I could see the Grand Arch in La Defense as well. It’s a straight line from there through the Arc de Triomphe, and Place de la Concorde to the Louvre.

  2. Tom Gagner Photographer says:

    Interesting as always and nice shots. I didn’t know about the lake under the Opera and it’s really fascinating with a lake under a building. In Copenhagen (sorry – CPH again) there is a similar reservoir, Cisternerne, that has been emptied and converted into a museum of contemporary art. A very special place to visit.

  3. I love that first photo. Perfect capture of the cafes. When I looked at it I thought I wouldn’t see any other photo in this collection which is as good. But your second photo of Pei’s pyramid showed a new view. Wonderful.

    • Thank you very much. Le Vaudeville was a chance find and I just loved seeing the people living their lives beneath that signage. I even thought about getting a table there but there was only an inside table for me, so I moved on. 🙂

  4. Another beautiful sequence in your Paris series Draco, such a treat. I love your captures of the Louvre – I instantly recognised it as the Louvre even though the angles and perspectives are unique :o)

  5. Your photos made me fall in love with Paris all over again…
    The glorious Palais Garnier, and the mask… All those years. Beautiful stories behind each image.

  6. Lovely walk around the Right Bank. Cool to have an underground building, and amazing to hear your mask is still there. Like visiting an old friend. The Louvre will be what it is…all about perception.

    • I didn’t appreciate how massive the Louvre is until I got there. I actually got disoriented and lost for a while inside but that was no matter. Paris has lots of secrets… including my Phantom mask. 🙂

  7. Heide says:

    I don’t know how you manage to ALWAYS show me something new and surprising about my favorite city. Love the combination here of everyday moments, architectural details, and new takes on the old tourist favorites — but my favorite frame in this series is “Parisian moment #207.” There is an entire novel hidden in that one frame …

  8. Thanks Draco for another lovely wander thru this part of the city. You’ve caught the Paris vibe yet again. Great avenue – I could feel the cool … in the middle of Canal St Martin?

    • Thanks, Julie. Those tree corridors are quite characteristic of Paris, as is the haphazard placement of chairs and benches. Oh to have the time to wander there longer. That sunset was quite spectacular – then I went to dinner straight after at 10:30pm. 🙂

  9. The Palais Garnier… wow, that’s just dripping with wealth… like something out of Cinderella!! I’ve seen a few stately grand buildings in my life so far, but never one with so much gold in one room! I also love the picture with the worn window shutters… such a contrast to that palace… it’s the vintage in me again! 😀

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