Every time I look down on this timeless town
Whether blue or gray be her skies.
Whether loud be her cheers or soft be her tears,
More and more do I realize:
I love Paris in the springtime.
I love Paris in the fall.
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles,
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles.
I love Paris every moment,
Every moment of the year.
Yes, I do love Paris. Here are just a few reasons.
1. Layer on Layer of History
The Louvre once housed kings and queens. Built over several centuries, today it houses an immense collection of all kinds of art.
You can stand in the front yard of the palace, then enter the great halls and gaze on paintings and sculptures from any time in history. And you can imagine when down the hallways of this grand palace walked Charles, Louis, Henri, Catherine de Medici, and Napoleon.
2. Art Everywhere
Along with historic architecture, Paris is home to an array of art that spans the ages. This Bernini sculpture catches your eye while you wait to enter the Louvre.
Once inside, you can find light and beauty such as this.
The city is known for its parks. This one, the Tuileries Garden in the “yard” of the Louvre, is an oasis of green.
More than 30 bridges link the banks of the Seine. What beauty and elegance you find on these bridges.
One contains many locks of love, put there by couples to declare their undying devotion. Part of the bridge actually collapsed under the weight of the locks. Authorities have requested that no more locks be added.
5. Fascinating Details
The cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Crowds flock to see this 12th Century masterpiece.
Close up, you notice the endless intricate carvings, the curves of the architecture.
Even the back of the building is a study in detail.
6. Signs of Gratitude
Paris remembers. Fresh flowers today decorate a memorial plaque for a brave soul. War may be a distant memory, but gratitude lives on.
7. The Eiffel Tower
What’s more Parisian than the Eiffel Tower? I love glimpsing it from all over the city.
How about you? Do you have memories of Paris? What would you like to visit if you go?
Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. First photo edited with Kim Klassen’s texture Happy Heart. Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where we can choose the theme this week; my song is “I Love Paris” by Cole Porter.