Three Days in Paris

Paris is as much an idea as it is a city. Ever since I was a child, I wanted to come here, my mind filled with images of shimmering lights and elegant city streets. I was not alone; Paris shall likely always remain one of the most desired destinations for international travel. The romanticized idea of the city is so pervasive that the disappointment many experience when it doesn’t live up to unrealistic expectations is a catalyst for a condition known as Paris Syndrome, an extreme culture shock best described in the New York Times article, “Chinese Tourists Find a Movable Feast Best Left Behind.”

Reading the article, it’s clear that no city could live up to the expectations some place upon Paris, not even Paris itself. Was I disappointed with my visit? No. Were there hoards of tourists? Yes. But with tapered expectations, Paris is indeed the romantic, magical, mythical, almost-fictional city of dreams and film.

You’re no doubt already familiar with many of the top attractions in and around Paris. I’ll save myself the trouble of history homework and just show you the photos (hover over for descriptions).


AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES

Champs-Élysées - Arc de Triomphe and Couple Kissing

Champs-Élysées - Afternoon Crowd

Champs-Élysées - Traffic at Night

Champs-Élysées - Street Lamp and French Flag

Champs-Élysées - Food Vendor at Night

Place de la Concorde - Omega Ad and Taxi

Place de la Concorde - Obelisk

Place de la Concorde - Fontaines de la Concorde

Eiffel Tower Lights at Night

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS CATHEDRAL

Notre Dame Cathedral - Seine and the Bateau Ivre Boat

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral - Woman Walking in the Early Morning

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral - Interior

Notre Dame Cathedral - Love Locks and Graffiti

EIFFEL TOWER & SEINE RIVER

Seine and Eiffel Tower

View of Paris from Eiffel Tower

View of Paris from Eiffel Tower

View of Paris from Eiffel Tower

View of Paris from Eiffel Tower

Seine Boats and Bridge

Eiffel Tower from a Distance

VERSAILLES

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles - Meta Photography

Palace of Versailles - Hall of Mirrors

Palace of Versailles - Bust of Marie Antoinette

Versailles Buildings

Versailles Gardens

Versailles Gardens - Panorama

Versailles Gardens - Sculpture

Versailles - Checkerboard Floors

Versailles Gardens

Versailles Gardens

Versailles Gardens

Versailles Gardens - Building

Versailles Gardens - Building

Versailles Gardens - Donkeys

Versailles Gardens - Flowers

Versailles Gardens

LOUVRE MUSEUM

Louvre Museum - Courtyard

Louvre Museum - Winged Victory of Samothrace

Louvre Museum - Venus de Milo

Louvre Museum - Antonio Canova's Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss

Louvre Museum - Michelangelo's The Dying Slave

Louvre Museum - Da Vinci's Saint Jean-Baptiste

Louvre Museum - Gallery

Louvre Museum - Painting of Louis XIV

Louvre Museum - Napoleon III Apartments Dining Room

Louvre Museum - Louvre Museum - Napoleon III Apartments Salon

Louvre Museum - Gallery

Louvre Museum - Gallery

Versailles Selfie

Louvre Museum - Crowd for the Mona Lisa

Louvre Museum - Da Vinci's Mona Lisa