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.
We stopped by a delicious turkish falafel place in Moulin Rouge.
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..
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.
As we were slowly wandering back to our respective hotels and/or apartments, we stopped for some delicious 2am hotdogs.
Of course there was a beautiful full moon.
I love listening to the sounds of the city, including this amazing mini-orchestra in the Chatelet metro station.
The view from the observation deck of Montparnasse.
The view from the floor below the observation deck was no less impressive.
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.
The view out of my apartment window during a rare day of dark and stormy weather.
Thanks to Dan Brown, everyone knows all about the Lourve pyramid, and the “other” Louvre pyramid.