City of Lights

With Halloween coming up this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to kick off Blue Eyed Yonder’s French excursion with the magnificent night shots of Paris. After all, it is known as the “City of Lights,” or la ville des lumières if you want to get all Frenchie.

Upon arriving in Paris, after dealing with the 4-hour (yes, you heard me the 4-hour) mumbled, jumbled shuttle/train/metro ride from the airport to Paris, we were exhausted. Our bodies didn’t know what time it was. We looked utterly ridiculous trampsing the streets of Paris with two large suitcases, a shoulder bag, a rolling wee little suitcase and a pink neck pillow looking for our hotel. It was hot, while we were dressed for the expected cool weather, and I am pretty sure I had the words AMERICAN TOURIST tattooed on my forehead.

For the most part, our time in Paris thus far had been spent underground in the Metro system. We emerged from the underground labyrinth and were squeezing our way through the crowded narrow streets looking for the hotel. We were walking, walking, walking, dragging, dragging, dragging our luggage, when Mr. BEY announced, “I think we missed our street.” Ugh!

We decided to plop down on a bench beside a group of Indian men eating Subway sandwiches no less! I thought to myself, is this really France?

That’s when I saw her. Perched just across the river – Notre Dame. Could it be? Is it really her? The beauty, the detail, the magnitude. It was almost as if the clouds had parted and angels were singing, like one of those cheesy moments in a movie. I knew in that instant that things were going to get better and this was going to be one of the most magnificent and fulfilling trips of my life.

That was the turning point for me. That “turn that frown upside down” moment. We eventually found our hotel and were greeted with this view from our teeny, weeny room:

Butter my butt and call me a biscuit! I could have perched in this window for the rest of the trip. I just adored the precious townhomes, their little windows warmly lit. I could even see inside them. One had bookcases lining the wall, and at night, a lady would sit in a cozy chair by the window and read. Is this a dream? If so, don’t wake me up.

Not only did the room over look the beautiful buttresses of one of the oldest churches still standing on the Left Bank, we also had a view of the top half of the Eiffel Tower. Just perfect. For the first five minutes of every hour at from dust until midnight, the Eiffel Tower would erupt into a fantastical display of lights. Glittering and twinkling, so romantic. We would leave the windows open, falling asleep listening to the laughter and muffled voices of the people walking below and wake to the sound of ringing church bells and shop keepers starting a fresh day in the beautiful city.

Photos by: CMJ

Just want to give a little woot, woot to my talented husband. Looks like that night photography class paid  off. Your pictures really capture the warmth and beauty of the night.

Posted 10/27/10, Topic: Blog

  • Anonymous
    October 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm |

    How did you find your hotel? Did you know you were going to have that view?

  • Anonymous
    October 28, 2010 at 9:23 am |

    So beautiful the photos are wonderful makes me want to board the next flight out of Orlando bound for Paris with Sarah in tow..LOL

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    October 28, 2010 at 9:26 am |

    Finding the hotel was really just luck. We did a search of several hotels recommended by travel books and then narrowed that list down by our price range. It was actually not our first choice hotel, but our first choice was booked because we kind of waited until the last minute. We had no idea it would have that view! There are really only a couple rooms in this tiny hotel that have a skyline view facing the Eiffel Tower. If you are ever in Paris, I would highly recommend this hotel. It is on the mid to lower end price-wise. The rooms are teeny, but I think that is pretty much the standard. Here is the link with more pretty pictures.

    Hotel Henri IV – Rive Gauche
    Our room was #502 or #503 (that part's kinda fuzzy)

  • natalie @ our old southern house
    October 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm |

    those photos are phenomenal! absolutely breath-taking in every way.

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