City Love: Meandering Through Paris

Blue skies over Place de la République. Photo: Craig Nelson

Blue skies over Place de la République, where people came together after the attacks on January 7.

I was lucky enough to visit Paris near the end of last year. It was only my fourth time in the City of Light, but somehow I always feel at home there. My French is horrible, but that doesn’t stop me from roaming the streets, getting  a little lost and seeing what I stumble across. This trip included tasty crepes at Marché des Enfants Rouges, an evening with new friends at La Belle Hortense (a cozy wine bar/bookshop) and a catching a film at the old-school cinema Le Desperado. A few times I even shut off my iPhone and left my map at the hotel to see where I would end up. Exploring with no plan at all, I managed to wander through a Julie Delpy film shoot near Place de la République and a Karl Lagerfeld-Gisele photo session in the Latin Quarter…on the same day!

Just like in New York, walking through the city streets of Paris gives you a feeling of being truly alive. The urban energy, the architecture, the food and wine, it’s all perfect. I’ve been meaning to put up my photos since I came back, and with the horrible events of last week, it seems like the right time to share my love of Paris.

Biking along Rue de Archives. Photo: Craig Nelson

Parisians biking and walking along Rue de Archives. Photo: Craig Nelson

A hotel room with a view. Photo: Craig Nelson

My room with a view from Hotel Tiquetonne. Photo: Craig Nelson

Strolling around the Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood. Photo: Craig Nelson

Strolling around the Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood. Photo: Craig Nelson

Rue Tiquetonne

Rue Tiquetonne.

Porte Saint Denis

Porte Saint Denis

The chimneys of Paris. Photo: Craig Nelson

The chimneys of Paris. Photo: Craig Nelson

Best public transport signage in the world. Photo: Craig Nelson

Best public transport signage in the world. Photo: Craig Nelson

Looking up at Sacre Couer. Photo: Craig Nelson

Looking up at Sacre Couer. Photo: Craig Nelson

The beautiful Gare Du Nord. Photo: Craig Nelson

The beautiful Gare Du Nord. Photo: Craig Nelson

Sacre Couer Steps

Navigating the steep Sacre Couer steps.

Clouds over Paris

Clouds over Paris.

 

Hanging out along the Seine at night. Photo: Craig Nelson

Hanging out along the Seine at night. Photo: Craig Nelson

Rue de Lancry. Photo: Craig Nelson

Rue de Lancry. Photo: Craig Nelson

The city sprawling out from Sacre Coeur. Photo: Craig Nelson

The city sprawling out from Sacre Coeur. Photo: Craig Nelson

Paris Graffiti.

Paris Graffiti.

Paris Street

Classic Paris streetscape.

 

True "love" in Paris. Photo: Craig Nelson

True “love” in Paris. Photo: Craig Nelson

Canal Saint-Martin from a pedestrian bridge. Photo: Craig Nelson

Looking at Canal Saint-Martin from a pedestrian bridge. Photo: Craig Nelson

Notre Dame at night. Photo: Craig Nelson

Notre Dame at night. Photo: Craig Nelson

Sun breaking through on the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Craig Nelson

Sun breaking through over the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Craig Nelson

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About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for NewYork.com, tweets for NFT, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various small companies like Google (for a gig at Zagat and Google Maps). In my free time, I like to create projects like this: Chinatown Chow Down NYC. Feel free to drop a line at across106thstreet@gmail.com or on twitter at @across106th.
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3 Responses to City Love: Meandering Through Paris

  1. aleksawal says:

    Great job capturing the feeling of walking down a Parisian street with your photos. It’s a city I also really love and these photos took me back.

  2. Pingback: A walk down memory lane in Paris | MyTorontoLife

  3. ShantanuChandra says:

    The pics are beautiful.
    Only with “Clouds over Paris”, I think you could have used HDR.

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