Everybody's pretty familiar with the Notre Dame Cathedral. Even though this was my second visit I was still awestruck of its architecture. When I was in my high school history class I remember watching a video about the construction of medieval cathedrals. Flying buttresses and arches and sculptures and domes.... all incredibly constructed. This building never fails to amaze me. Walking through it I wish I could remember more from my college architectural history class. I love this building. It was the first sight we visited. I wanted to see it that much. :)
A cathedral by Hyde Park
You could imagine, that with my background in architecture, my eye for photography is naturally inspired by architecture and lines. As I try to become a well-rounded photographer, I'm trying to photograph people more. I have every intention to some day be able to go up to perfect strangers and ask them if I can photograph them. Although I'm not at that point right now, I often take stealthy pictures of people or (like the photo in this post) capture people in my architectural photographs. This is me trying to photograph people more often and slowly working up the courage to ask people if I can photograph them.
As I said in this post, trusty shoes, my vans have traveled with me to many places. There are so many times that I miss the places I've traveled. Oftentimes, I find myself "itching" to travel somewhere. I was in Europe for 24 days on a $2500 budget (including airfare, hotel, train, food.. everything!). It was such an amazing experience. I just want to share with you some of these wonderful memories. Wherever I go, I try to photograph my feet/shoes to remember where my feet have been. In the early morning of one of our days in Paris, we decided to ride this huge ferris wheel to view Paris. So of course I had to take a picture of my feet with the Eiffel Tower and Paris in the background. At the top of the wheel I took it!
That day, we had also ventured out the Louvre. It was exciting. On the subway and walking there, there were tons of people headed to view the Louvre as well. There was soooo much excitement. By the time we had gone to Paris, it was already day 19 or something of our trip... which meant... We already had 19 or something days of old European art. Bleh. We were exhausted physically and tired of the art. Sad, huh? Anyway.. we went to the the outside of the Louvre which was pretty awesome for me anyway... There were a bunch of spots to look down into museum from ground level.
As I said, we had become tired of museums and old European art, so by the time we got to Paris, the only museums we wanted to go to were unique, modern or free. This museum below was free. The architecture of the museum was beautiful. I love the history of the architecture. (Hey! I'm an architecture buff, not an old European Art buff)
I took this picture at the Pompidu Centre. It was such a great moment. Everything around us was peaceful and quiet. It was as if everything had stopped to see the sun setting behind the Eiffel Tower. I can feel the peace deep in my hear when I look at this picture.
A must on our things to see was the Cathedral Notre Dame. It was as beautiful as I could have ever imagined. (It was infested with tourists though, so it kind of killed the experience. We were traveling in September/October, the off season, so I could not imagine what it must have been like in high season. bleh) I love the contrast of bright stained glass and the dark nooks and confessional areas.
This was our life for 3.5 weeks. It was tough, but it was well worth it! Somehow I packed really light (less stuff than my traveling buddies) but ended up with the heaviest pack. It was 35 pounds at the start of our trip and nearly 45 by the end. I got a great work out. And, I wore sandals (flip flops) most of the time! It can be done!
Oh .. I love to travel. I'll be in New York next month! Hurray!