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Photos From my Travels | Paris, France

I recently came back from Paris, where I was fortunate to photograph an amazing Chilean-French wedding with Kyle Hepp.. Of course, knowing where I was traveling to, I figured that I wouldn’t be able to explore much in just a couple of days, so I wisely booked accommodations for an entire week, allowing me enough time to really get a chance to experience all that Paris had to offer.

In that time, I managed to eat my body weight in crepes (I can’t resist a pancake – ever), listen to an amazing electric guitar performance on a random station at 11pm in the evening, struggle mightily to remember enough of my High School French (had to know how to order crepes..), see the gorgeous view of Paris and watch the Eiffel Tower light up in a brilliant array of lights from Tour Montparnasse, almost stumble into a street brawl and most importantly, drink champagne with some new friends at 2am on Bastille Day, right before getting completely lost among the tiny, winding streets of Saint Germain, where my apartment was, and loving every single minute of it. Not to mention all of the other sights and sounds that I absorbed just walking around with my camera.

That is, in my opinion, the only way to travel. To completely immerse myself in the city go wherever the flow takes me. What I’ll lose in not seeing some important museums or tourist landmarks, I’ll gain in some wonderful new experiences and friends, which is really what traveling is all about.

Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

We stopped by a delicious turkish falafel place in Moulin Rouge.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

Here’s the courtyard of my apartment building. There was a restaurant on the first floor, so I was always treated to delicious smells while upstairs, explaining why I was never there for long before venturing out for more crepes..
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

I was walking near the Eiffel Tower and was politely told to immediately leave the area, which proved to be quite entertaining considering that as I was trying to find a way out to cross to the other side of the seine, security personnel were a step ahead of me, placing barricades to prevent people from entering the area I was actively trying to leave.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

Hanging out with new friends Kyle, Ashley, and Jamie.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

As we were slowly wandering back to our respective hotels and/or apartments, we stopped for some delicious 2am hotdogs.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

Of course there was a beautiful full moon.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

I love listening to the sounds of the city, including this amazing mini-orchestra in the Chatelet metro station.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

The view from the observation deck of Montparnasse.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

The view from the floor below the observation deck was no less impressive.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

By far the most impressive musician I encountered while in Paris, this guy was absolutely killing it on the electric guitar, including playing with the guitar behind his head and using his teeth – simply amazing.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

The view out of my apartment window during a rare day of dark and stormy weather.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

 

Thanks to Dan Brown, everyone knows all about the Lourve pyramid, and the “other” Louvre pyramid.
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour
Paris, France - A Photographic Tour

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18 Responses to Photos From my Travels | Paris, France

  • Brilliant work Leo. You are a master story teller and a phenomenal photographer.

  • You’ve captured these location amazingly! Super Work!

  • Awesome, the view out of your apartment is extra-win. Now I want to go to paris. Oh wait, I’ve always wanted to go to Paris.

  • killer set of photos. you’re quite the street photog. you ever get the x100?

  • Leo, I was just in France a month ago for a wedding. It’s beautiful I’ve been to Paris so many times and these images are a great representation of why I love to keep visiting it over and over again. That shot of the Eiffel Tower from the Montparnesse viewing deck with the sun peaking through the clouds is just stunning.

  • Gorgeous images Leo, these totally make me want to go back to Paris. Fantastic.

  • I’m so completely jealous of you. You travel like I travel, except I never got to go to France and hang out with Kyle. So many great photos. I especially love the first one and the ones of the inside of the observation deck.

  • Oh, I want to go there right now. I love all the little cafes and people and awnings, the Moulin Rouge shot is so cool, and then the skies parting to shine light on the Eiffel Tower is just freaking incredible. Such beautiful images you captured, Leo!

  • Jealous. So jealous right now. I WANNA GO TO PARIS!!!

  • I went to Paris in 2006 and have always wanted to go back… your photos just intensify that urge! Beautiful shots, Leo… I’m so jealous. And you said the magic word: crepe. Now I want a crepe too!

  • JEALOUS! Of the crepes and the gorgeous photography. Lucky duck :)

  • these are amazing!! I would have been hard pressed to make it past the crepes

  • Rima:

    Leo these are just scrumptious. The shot of the Eiffel tower is killer!

  • Fabulous shots! I adore the bold colors- I agree with the others: I’m jealous!

  • Really nice work Leo! I’m a sucker for good street photography!

  • I’ve expressed my love for your travel photos once before, but I’ll do it again. These are amaaaaaaazinnnggg!

  • OMG! That city shot of Paris with the clouds. I want it. J’aimerais avoir cette image!

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