Paris By Night

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Sunset is around 10:30 pm in France right now and with the summer heat, we had plenty of time and motivation to roam around Paris at night. I have my favorite spots, they are not so original but they are lovely: le Louvre, along the Seine, the Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower…

We walked across the Pont des Arts and were surprised to noticed a bunch of locks attached to the fence, like in Montevideo — I guess it’s good luck for lovers. Funny thing, I don’t remember seeing that many locks just a few years ago, I wonder how and why the tradition suddenly started. The bridge was packed at night and people drank and ate there after sunset. I had a lot of fun taking long exposure pictures of the Seine and capturing the motion of the tourist boats passing under the bridge.

Most of the area around the Eiffel Tower was blocked because of both July 14th (France’s National Day) and the FIFA World Cup village. Yet, the view from Trocadéro remains one of the best in Paris.

As for the Louvre, it’s a quiet spot at night, not so many people come take pictures of the pyramids for some reason. The main courtyard (Cour Napoleon) offers the best views on Pei’s controversial work.

You can follow our French trip here on Flickr: France (2010).

Fun Fair

Need a Drink

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

Le Louvre

The Pei Pyramid

Reflection at the Louvre

Busy Pont des Arts

Lots of Locks

Le Louvre

Le Louvre

Bridges of the Seine

Boat Passing By


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  1. Did you secure your camera on somewhere? handheld or tripod? Nice slow shutter speed pictures! The night of Eiffel and Louvre are so pretty!

  2. @Yogi – Thank you!

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – The first one was an experiment and I liked the effect 😉

    @micki – None of these shots are hand held. I have a tripod (for instance for the Louvre pictures), otherwise I use whatever flat surface I can find.

    @Soleil – Thank you!

    @shionge – 😆 And so do a lot of people!

    @Agnes – Paris is still a nice city, I’m just spoiled 😉

  3. These are just amazing photographs. I have had the chance to shoot some of these in London and they were related to London Eye or some other important places. These seems to be more professional and better than anyone else. Can I use some of these in my website?

  4. These are just amazing photos and you seems to be a high profile photographer. I have had many french friends and they tell me all about france and paris. Can I use some of your photos on my website

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