Thru the Lens: Paris

Paris is easily one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Just one look across the River Seine at the perfectly manicured gardens fronting the Eiffel Tower is all you need to understand why. Well… that and the outrageously long queues at the base of the tower. You could blame it on the movie industry I suppose, but Paris has a near god-like status in the minds of Americans when they think of Europe in general. And if you walk around the main tourist sites you’ll be sure to hear LOTS of American voices.

But I digress. Paris does live up to most of its hype as a tourist “must-visit”. The main sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre, and Sacre Coeur are really impressive. I could definitely see the awe in my dad’s face as we visited each place. He was really amazed by the architectural detail and style of the grand buildings. My mom… yea she’s a tough person to please.

Anyhow here are some pictures from the City of Lights. Hope you like them.

An massive fountain at Trocadero

A massive fountain at Trocadero

Looking up at the Eiffel Tower

Looking up at the Eiffel Tower

My parents and I in front of the Eiffel Tower.

My parents and I in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Near Invalides

Near Invalides

Heading east on the Champs Elysee

Facing west on the Champs Elysee

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The world famous Notre Dame Cathedral

The world famous Notre Dame Cathedral

Intricate masonry work adorns the front of the cathedral

Intricate masonry work adorns the front of the cathedral

The impressive view from the Sacre Coeur

The impressive view from the Sacre Coeur

Sunset in the distance

Sunset in the distance

The city beginning to light up as the summer sun sets

The city beginning to light up as the summer sun sets

One facade of the Arc du Triompe

One facade of the Arc du Triompe

Have you been to Paris? What aspects of the city did you like (or dislike) the most?

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