Among the cities I’ve never really lived in, Paris is probably the one I most frequently visit. I am lucky because I’ve always had good friends living there who are kind enough to host me, which makes the travel budget significantly lower. My last visit was last month, in February. It was still plain winter, the weather was not very pleasant but hey, Paris is always Paris. And here’s my Parisian Instagram story.
Somewhere on the way up to Montmartre, I spotted this super spooky “they-have-everything” store. Literally, they had everything from stuffed animals, reptiles in alcohol, watches, creepy dolls, you name it.
The area around Canal St. Martin is bustling with stylish cafés and cute shops. But you can also spot some pretty cool street art. I caught these guys in action; they weren’t bothered by the rain. They were however bothered by some very persistent pigeons who didn’t seem to care about the artistic value of the wall. 🙂
Rain can be annoying, but sometimes it helps make beautiful effects in your photos, like here: a reflection of the carousel on the wet floor in front of the Hôtel de Ville.
Centre Georges Pompidou is one of my favourite places in Paris. I chose my visiting time well, as this year marks its 40th anniversary and the entrance was free the whole weekend. Apart from the amazing collection of artworks inside the museum, it is well worth to take a look at the view too. Especially when the sky clears up a bit and you can see as far as to the Sacré Coeur cathedral on the hilltop.
Happy 40th birthday, Centre Georges Pompidou!
Place du Tertre is always a picture perfect spot. Seriously, almost any photo taken there could be turned into a postcard. My Place du Tertre postcard looks like this.
The Haussmann architecture adds a lot to the Parisian charm and I can never get enough of those beige facades with silver roofs. This photo was taken in front of the Musée d’Orsay.
Jardin des Tuileries, just in front of Place de la Concorde. You can see its tall, slim obelisk behind the big wheel. To the left, the Eiffel Tower silhouette.
Saying goodbye to the Ville Lumière (City of Lights) looking at the Seine.
p.s. Do you know why Paris is called Ville Lumière? It is because Paris was one of the first cities in the world to adopt a street lighting system (it was in the early 19th century). The city’s streets became safer and people were able to stay outside longer.