”I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am. – Gustave Eiffel († 1832-1923)”
The Eiffel Tower had to be my Weekly Photo Challenge. It’s the most famous monument of Paris and I love to photograph it. 125 years old and it still gets people excited every day. Yeah, I know it’s a big tourist meeting point but for me it’s more than that. When I’m on the third floor and I can see Paris move… I’m always impressed. Mostly impressed by the size of the city. Again and Again. But the most important thing is that the view motivates me. I can’t wait to discover more and write about it! Everyone has his own source for inspiration. For me is the Eiffel Tower a very important one.
My point of this photo. Without Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower wouldn’t have exist. So, this time I didn’t put the Eiffel Tower in the spotlight, but the creator of it. Big applause for Gustave Eiffel.
Paris is full of statues. You got really big ones but also smaller. Did you know that there are even three ‘Statues of Liberty in Paris?’ Just like the one in New York City, but then a bit smaller ;)
I always have a soft spot for statues, I don’t know exactly why but they just interest me. Take the statues of Liberty as an example, why are they there? Why three? But I also have questions about the normal statues of people. Who is so special to get his/her own statue in the most magical city in the world? I just have to figure those things out, to discover if there’s an interesting story behind it. Usually it is, sometimes not.
I´ll give you a short summary of the statue. On the picture above you see Gaspard de Coligny. He was lord of Chatillon, admiral of France and a Protestant leader. He studied literature, but dropped it when he went into the army. After his army lost a battle, he was put in prison. On payment of a ransom of 50.000 crowns he recovered his liberty. He went back to France and became, through the influence of his brother, a Protestant leader. To make a long story short…The bond between Catholics and Protestants were not so close at that time and he had to pay that with his life during the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre. I found a really interesting article about this biography, click here if you want to read more about Gaspard de Coligny. Definitely worth it if you love a bit of French history!
For enthusiasts, you can find this beautiful statue at the Temple Protestant de l’Oratoire du Louvre. Get off at subway station ‘Louvre-Rivoli’ and walk towards Rue Saint Honoré, voila you can’t miss it!
Bonne nuit ♥
Le Marais is a popular district in Paris and definitely worth to see.The Eiffel tower is nice but the hidden treasures of the Marais are much more special. Don’t look for big sights or department stores. But, take a look at the local people and surrounding. You will notice that there are many falafel restaurants, craft shops and Jewish people. Not surprising because Le Marais was previously known as the Jewish Quarter. Characterized by wholesalers and leather goods. The pace of life is slower than average district in Paris. Quiet and peaceful. The old doors, narrow streets and the smell of traditional food, give you a sense of how it has been before. Yes, been before. Times are changing…the expensive brands want to settle here, housing prices are very high and today it’s also a popular district for the gay scene of Paris ;)
Gladly, the history of the Marais returns everyday. So we can still enjoy the atmosphere of this amazing district.
Take a look at the photo and judge for yourself ♡
Le Marais, Paris
Note: have you read my post about the oldest park in Paris yet? Click here to read more about Place des Vosges in the Marais.
Weekly Photo Challenge – Street life. Streets are my favorite subject to photograph and to discover. The different cars, people, doors, mailboxes, houses and even the stones on the ground, I just can’t get enough of it.
In Paris it isn’t a problem to find an interesting or a photogenic street because, Paris has more than 6000 streets (that’s a huge choice!). 6000 unique streets, each with its own character, stores and styles. You can clearly see the difference between the wealthier and poorer districts. It’s so amazing that you can hike all day long and that it feels like you have visited 20 different cities ;) Why make a road trip through Europe when Paris has everything?
I bet you do have a favorite street somewhere on this beautiful planet? Come on, share it with us! By Twitter or leave a comment below!
FYI: I’ve written more posts about streets in Paris. Here they are, enjoy them!
Pack & Go, Parisian street life.
Such a colorful street, Rue Lepic, Paris
The longest street in Paris.
Quai de la Tournelle, Paris.
Rue Berthe, Montmartre, Paris.
Rue Quincampoix, Paris.
Rue du cherche-midi, Paris (recommended!)
Today (31/3) it’s a special day, it’s the 125th birthday of the Eiffel Tower! Pff.. 125 years and still pretty ♥ Time flies but not the memories. The Eiffel Tower wasn’t always appreciated but gladly we can still enjoy the uniqueness and the beauty of it. Prepare your vocal cords, it is time to sing a birthday song :) When you’re done…here are 10 facts about the Eiffel Tower!
We all have those silly things that we don’t need… but absolutely must have! I’m not talking about big televisions, expensive camera’s or the newest coffee machines. No, I’m talking about the small details. The little things that attract all the attention. Everyone wonders why you bought it but they also admit that it looks extremely good in your living room. Come on, it’s great to bring unique pieces back to your studio to impress your friends an family by expressing yourself. You can almost read their minds. Where did she bought it? Why have I never thought of a green rabbit on a white table? Arghhh this is killing me!
Good news! That won’t happen to you guys, because here is your own crazy gadget store in Paris. The store is called ‘Pour la Vie’, which means in English – ‘for life’. And that’s exactly the point of buying a designer item. You usually have to pay a little more but you can enjoy it the rest of your life. Stephane Puglia opened the doors of Pour la Vie in 1922 and is still the proud owner of this lovely place. That’s what I call a life’s work ;)
Here’s the address of Pour la Vie:
7 rue de l’Alboni.
FYI: Take the metro and get off at subway station Passy. Walk up the stairs (or take the lazy escalator) and you will find Pour la Vie on your left hand. The neighborhood is stunning! It’s near Trocadero and thereby located in a wealthier part of Paris. When the sun shines on the buildings, it will take your breath away.
Bon weekend ♥
Let’s start this week with a Weekly Photo Challenge called ‘reflection’. I chose this picture for two different reasons. The first reason is obvious, it shows a reflection of the famous hotel, ‘Hotel du Louvre’ in Paris. The second reason is more personal but if you’ve followed my blog a bit… you may well expect what’s coming ;)
Paris is more than a city for me. It’s a place for reflection, self-awareness, challenges, inspiration and a place for achievements. Some people have a display of prices in the living room, I have Paris. My ultimate goal in life is to become a true ‘Paris expert’. I want to write all day about this city and enjoy people with my work. It won’t be easy but to be honest, I’m convinced that I’m going to achieve that goal! I’m already on my way, right?!
Thank you guys for all the help in achieving that goal. I hope you enjoy my blog and look forward to read more stuff. I’m working on a new website about Paris. It’s so much fun to be working on it but it cost a lot of time. I also have to go to work, what always takes a bit too much time ;) I try to work as fast as possible but good articles and drawings take some time. I work with love and passion not with stress and a deadline! I’ll keep you informed when it’s online and I hope to see you all around!
Thanks again for all the support and don´t hesitate to send me an email anytime!
Enjoy the photo and let me know what your perfect place for reflection is.
Bonne nuit (ou bonjour!) ♥