The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection
Paris is known as being one of the most romantic cities in the world, yet few people know just ho much of a dark history this city truly has. Paris was once on of the most dangerous and disgusting cities in the world.
There was no plumbing system and sewage would run thought the streets infesting the water supply. There were public beheadings daily and the street reeked of decay. This book with tell you of murder, torture and crime like you’ve never could have imagined.
Seven Ages of Paris: Portrait of a City
The Seven Ages of Paris is another book we love and is a must read before your travels plans to Paris. Full of interesting and entreating stories that you won't find in any text book. Such as the the name of trash can in french is poubelle named after the city official that enforced them thought the city. Paris was almost wiped out when Gangus Khan had his eyes on the city, only to change his mind at the last seconde when he heard that the women of Paris we not very attractive and choose to raid another village instead. The first hot air ballon ride took place in the Tulleries garden when Paris was under siege for 4 months by the Prussians. All captivating stories and more can be found in gem of book!
Date : Wednesday 1 février 2017 au Saterday 25 février 2017
Hour : de 11h à 18h30
Place : Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire
Adresse : 17 rue des Filles du Calvaire Paris 75003
Métro: Filles du Calvaire
Valentine's Day, Paris and rain.
That's how I spent the morning of February 14th with Nancy and Steve.
I've lived in Paris for 6 years now and I must admit that I may underestimate the weather more often than I should. As a tried and true New Yorker, I know bad weather, and Paris rarely has it. The few times is does rain, it never lasts very long or rains very hard. So when Steve sent and email about the V-day weather forecast of grey skies and rain, my assistant told him not to worry and to bring an umbrella.
And 85% of the time, rain wouldn't be anything to worry about. Of course this time would be the exception to the rule. While getting ready for my Montmartre portrait session with Nancy and Steve, I glanced at the hour-by-hour forecast for the day. Rain was predicted to start at 10a.m., the same time our shoot was scheduled to start.
I arrived at the meeting point and was was soon joined by a lovey, smiling couple; holding an umbrella and, understandably, slightly apprehensive about how the shoot would unfold. I had done this enough times to know that photographically the rain would add to the session. Besides the way it felt, it wasn't actually raining hard enough to interfere with the shoot. This was not an easy thing to explain to a couple who was already a bit uncomfortable being photographed. So I decided to focus on the lightheartedness of the situation and try to keep those smiles for as long as I could.
The rain never let up and my lovely couple bravely endured the rain for as long as they could before calling it quits a bit early.
Luckily, I was able to get the shoots I wanted and knew that I'd have a few pleasant surprises to send them as their reward.
After all, Paris and love can sometimes be rainy, but sometimes all you need to get through a rainy day is someone beside you ... and maybe an umbrella.
Here are the some critical attractions that you must visit during your travel to Paris.
Visit the Eiffel Tower
One of the most striking Paris attractions is the Eiffel tower, designed by Gustavo Eiffel, particularly for the 1889 world fair, and it stands at 300m, or 984 feet tall. At that time, it was the world’s tallest building. In spite of some people being unhappy with the project when it was built, since they saw it as an blot on the landscape and wanted it pulled down. However, today falls it's among the world’s frequently visited monuments. You can reach the first and second floors by stairway or the elevator will take you to the top for a magnificent view of the city.
Visit Paris Musee du Louvre
This is another very frequently visited venue, and even the major entrance to the Louvre is spectacular piece of art. However, you need to get your eyes off the Pyramid and inside where you'll find rich artistic history, from the code of Hammurabi, Egyptian mummies, Leonardo’s Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The museum has transformed over the centuries, and has highlighted vast beauty of the human psychology all under one roof. Ideally, this is a potent symbol of finesse and French sensitivity to art.
Travel to Paris Orsay Museum
This is another spectacular museum receiving more than 2.5 million visitors each year and has a large collection of impressionist’s artwork. The building itself dates back to 1900, and has transformed its uses to become a house rich in art. This should be among the top 10 things to do in Paris, where you can see a vast collection of art and paintings, and enjoy French cuisine on the same location.
Notre Dame Cathedral for walking tours Paris
You have to climb some 387 steps to reach the top of this piece of art for you to get a spectacular view of the city. The construction of the cathedral began back in 1163, and completed in 1212, while the rebuilding of the duo arms of transept gates in 1270 saw its completion. The west side of the cathedral has three doorways rich in décor that have two 69-meter towers.
If you are visiting Paris for the first time, the scenery alone can be breathtaking, and almost every space in the city seems to ooze beauty and history, ensuring you find plenty to do.
Paris is naturally considered a romantic city. Being in the city and watching how different things unfold along the streets naturally makes your visit romantic. The city houses a gorgeous setting of exciting scenic bridges and historic monuments that will definitely ignite a desire to keep visiting the city at all times. Below is a list of basic things to do in Paris for couples.
Take her for High tea at the Ritz
Consider taking her for High tea in one of the posh settings in Paris. The best destination should be surrounded with priceless antiques, sparkling crystal and polished silver. At Ritz, you will be served gourmet tea or thick hot chocolate together with tiny sandwiches, delectable pastries and scones. It is also the perfect destination where you will get an opportunity to steal a few kisses from her without interference from the polite staff.
Consider taking her to a crowded bistro
You can take her to a crowded bistro and assume that you are the only couple around. Popular destinations to visit include the Le Bistrot Paul-Bert and the Fish, La Boissonerie.
Bring her for Champagne at Flute
Flute is a tiny venue with a naughty feel just off de l’Etoile. You can enjoy your champagne cocktail on the red velour banquette or have a more intimate time on the quiet alcove upstairs. These services are offered at reasonable prices and those visiting on Tuesday from (5-8pm) have an opportunity to get two drinks at the price of one. Apart from the dozens of champagne and gourmet appetizers served, you can dance with her in the live jazz that is available every Wednesday night.
Walk her around at the Luxembourg Gardens
Luxembourg Gardens are always magnificent at all times of the year. The circuit of the Gardens is close to a mile and doable regardless of the weather. You can complete the walk by taking her to Café Tournon or Au Petit Suisse for mulled wine.
Take her for dinner at Dame du Canton
This vintage wooden barge provides you with an opportunity to spice up your romance in the evening. Live world music is played and traditional French dishes served in a lantern-lit and cozy restaurant. However, it is critical to confirm that your date is not affected with sea sickness since this would end your romantic evening prematurely.
Buy her Wine and Oysters at Le Baron Rouge
This bar provides you with an opportunity to cram against each other in an intimate way. You will enjoy soft music on a quiet table with candlelight. You will enjoy being served a glass of Burgundy and a platter of charcuterie and cheese. Oysters are also available on chilly weekends and you can enjoy picking them up with your date along the sidewalk.
Take your date for a chocolate massage at the Four Seasons
You can impress her with a chocolate spa treatment instead of buying her traditional boxes of chocolate. She will enjoy a chocolate-mint body scrub, Swiss toffee and chocolate body wrap and cocoa oil deep tissue massage. This could take close to three hours but will definitely leave her without any guilt of calorie counting.
The list of things to do in Paris for couples is long and cannot be exhausted. The beauty in Paris in an enjoyment you will definitely yearn to experience with your date.
As cliche as is may be Paris, is truly the City of Romance. That's why so many couples still get engaged in this wonderful city. On average at the top of the Eiffel Tower, there are 9 proposals per hour. Maybe the best location in the world for a guaranteed, Yes!
Sadly all too often couples leave with a fleeting memory of a momentous moment in their lives.
It's the perfect time to have an engagement portrait session while you are in Paris. That's just what Darius thought when he contacted me.
While on their Paris vacation Darius decided to propose to his friend and have a surprise engagement session while they were here.
Now the beautiful bride-to-be has photos where she can always remember one of the most special moments of her life.
Most of the people I work with are passing though Paris for a short amount of time, so when I get to work with someone again, I get very excited. That was exactly the case when I got a call from the amazing Brian Scott Bagley who is a well known burlesque dancer in Paris.
I've seen him perform on a number of occasions and he is absolutely phenomenal. His inspiration is Josephine Baker and when you watch him perform, it's almost as if he's channeling her.
He recently finished a show for Louis Vuitton and for the performance they rented him a beautiful vintage police uniform. He had a bit of time before he had to give it back so he called me to see if he could book me for a last minute photo session in Montmartre.
How could I say no to such a great offer! So we scheduled a time to shoot in Montmartre and it was an amazing day. While he was dancing about we ended up with a crowd on on lookers.
It was great to see them enjoy Brian's big personality and to see the surprise on their faces when they noticed the shoes!
I started Photo Perfect Paris to combine my love of photography with my love of Paris and as a way to share my passion with others.
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