As Christmas approaches this year, I am taken back by nostalgia. Suddenly, I’m in December 2009 in Paris, France. This was my first step in France and ever since, I have promised to explore it completely.

Here is a selection of my photographs from Paris, during my Christmas weekend there; four years ago. I hope it makes you hang that wishful stocking for Santa Claus.

As I walked through the streets, these homes kept me warm
As I walked through the streets, these homes kept me warm
Now you see why you're supposed to expect Santa Claus?
Now you see why you’re supposed to expect Santa Claus?
I couldn't ignore the lovely signage across the roads (days before Google Maps)
I couldn’t ignore the lovely signage across the roads (days before Google Maps)
Parisian traffic
Parisian traffic
I cannot resist the well-aligned trees as I walked through the streets for hours
I cannot resist the well-aligned trees as I walked through the streets for hours
As we approached Sacre Coeur, an overcast day set in
As we approached Sacre Coeur, an overcast day set in
The first glimpse of Sacre Coeur
The first glimpse of Sacre Coeur
Le magnifique!
Le magnifique!
The view of Paris from Sacre Coeur
The view of Paris from Sacre Coeur
While I stood facing Paris and Sacre Coeur on my back. I saw artists busking
While I stood facing Paris and Sacre Coeur on my back. I saw artists (and random spectators) busking
while we were on our way out...
While we were on our way out…
As we reached the well-synchronised Champs-elysees
As we reached the well-synchronised Champs-elysees
The road seemed cycle-friendly until...
The road seemed cycle-friendly until…
...Night saw the better magic. Walking through these streets changed me.
…Night saw the better magic. Walking through these streets changed me.
Louis Vuitton showroom!
Louis Vuitton showroom!
Even though the Arc de Triomphe looks stunning during the day, do not forget to walk underneath at night
Even though the Arc de Triomphe looks stunning during the day, do not forget to walk underneath at night
The next day starts rather sacred with a visit to the Notre Dame
The next day starts rather sacred with a visit to the Notre Dame
The intricate work on the doors are worth a moment
The intricate work on the doors are worth a moment
I am still to get over these!
I am still to get over these!
While discovering Notre Dame
While discovering Notre Dame
The Indian-connect
The Indian-connect

Hold your breath…

This is my first view of the Eiffel Tower. I froze in time and change over swept me. I will not forget the feeling of being still as I did when I felt this.
This is my first view of the Eiffel Tower. I froze in time and change over swept me. I will not forget the feeling of being still as I did when I felt this.
Les Invalides from the top of the Eiffel Tower
Les Invalides from the top of the Eiffel Tower
As I walked away from the tower of Love, I kept drawing back towards it...
As I walked away from the tower of Love, I kept drawing back towards it…
The George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. aka the Ferris Wheel in Paris (while you're trying to divert yourself from the very beautiful Eiffel Tower)
The George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. aka the Ferris Wheel in Paris (while you’re trying to divert yourself from the very beautiful Eiffel Tower)
The Concorde Obelisk
The Concorde Obelisk
The Obelisk on Place de la Concorde
The Obelisk on Place de la Concorde

The Louvre allows restricted photography. These are snippets from there and once you’re there, it is difficult to let go of…

Three Graces from the Greek mythology
Three Graces from the Greek mythology
Venus de Milo (Statue of Venus) at the Lourve
Venus de Milo (Statue of Venus) at the Louvre
While I was departing from the Louvre, I realised how much I had loved. Even though this was my second trip to the Museum in two days, I know I can stay there forever.
While I was departing from the Louvre, I realised how much I had loved. Even though this was my second trip to the Museum in two days, I know I can stay there forever.
The Swiss-France highway. Still trying to recover...
The Swiss-France highway. Still trying to recover…

Merrie Christmas!

P.S> Where are you spending your Christmas this year?

Amrita Das

Amrita is a freelance travel writer and professional travel blogger. She has been contributing to some of the top publications in India and internationally. She propagates female solo travel and shares her experiences from off-beat, culture and adventure travel through her writing.

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7 thoughts on “Photo Story: Paris, France

  1. It’s beautiful and breath-taking, awe-inspiring and frankly, a little unreal…how everyone keeps to their lane in traffic!

  2. What memories. Paris is one of my most loved cities. I have already been there twice in 2 consecutive yrs. :) The streets, the music, the art, the street musicians, the feel in the air. In Love with Paris!

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