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I See Paris, I See France

December 31st, 2012

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Sunset on the Seine; Notre Dame in silhouette

Notre Dame, silhouetted in sunset

It’s New Year’s Eve! And while I’m looking forward to the new year, this soon-to-be-past year has definitely been a good one. One of the highlights of my 2012 was a trip to Europe with my family. You may have already seen a few photos of Bruges, so here are some favourites from Paris.

Happy New Year, everyone – and may 2013 bring you many adventures at home and abroad!

Sunset on the Seine

One of my favourite shots from a trip along the Seine River

The Eiffel Tower

The obligatory shot of the Eiffel Tower

Underneath the Arc de Triomphe

Underneath the Arc de Triomphe

Gilded sculptures on the bridges of the Seine

Gilded sculptures grace the bridges of the Seine

Two of the clocks on the Musee d'Orsay are actually windows as well.

Window clocks at the Musée d’Orsay look out across the river.

Montmartre from afar

Montmartre from a distance; the view from the rooftop of the Musée d’Orsay

Paris Louvre arches

After exploring the French sculpture galleries at the Louvre, take a rest on one of the benches in this beautifully arched stairwell.

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A giant copper tub of delectable candied chestnuts at Jean-Paul Hévin on Rue Saint-Honoré. I could just dive in…

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The famous macarons from Pierre Hermé. We gently devoured these on a bench in the Jardin des Tuileries. Delicate, airy and perfectly balanced in flavour – we are ruined for life as the macarons available here do not compare!

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The extensive gardens at Versailles are full of sculptures like this…

Sculptures at Versailles

…and this.

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The biggest fountain at Versailles is right in the middle of all the gardens.

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At Giverny; Monet’s house was very clearly an inspiration for his work. It is perfectly maintained today, life imitating art as art imitates life.

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