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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France – a photo post

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Last week I reviewed The Louvre.

This week’s post is about the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The impressive and intimidating Gothic architecture the Notre Dame cathedral is free to visit and see. The cathedral was constructed in the late 1100’s. This is another popular architectural photography subject, and a great destination for traditional architecture lovers.

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I highly recommend coming here for the architecture, it’s a great place to take photographs or to have a sit outside by the cathedral. The cathedral itself is free to enter, however there is a small fee of a few euros to climb the tower. There are long lines and large crowds during peak times.

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The architectural decor is beautifully detailed and the scale is magnificent. Just look at the scale of the doors and the archways, not to mention the windows.

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Look at the detail in the construction works.

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Come in spring and enjoy an ice cream by the nearby park.

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For more photos, see my gallery here.

Getting here:
Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

The Notre dame is located along and on the north side of the Seine River.

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Looking south-east down the Seine River with the cathedral on the left hand side:

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You can take the metro here and walk. On a nice day, you can visit the cathedral and stroll through the area, enjoying food at one of the many local shops.

For more photos, click here.

Next week: Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower

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The Louvre, Paris, France

Last week I reviewed The Palace of Versailles. This week I am reviewing The Louvre.

Apologies in advance for the lack of photos as I was spending the time exploring the huge museum.

If you are planning a trip to Europe, the best way to get around Europe is by rail. It is fast and has more leg room and space to walk around than a plane and can be much cheaper.

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The Louvre is an art museum housed in the French palace and fortress built for Philippe Auguste in 1190. The architecture here is fantastic, and even if you don’t want to pay for entry, you can still have a great time photographing this place, as this is a pretty popular architectural photography subject among photographers, and can be a great destination for architecture and photography lovers.

I don’t have many photos, but I do have some tips.

The museum is large. Really large. Come early in the day or come on multiple days. Admission price is reasonable at €15 per person. All visitors with ID under 26 get free entry after 6pm but you’d have to come many days if you use this method cause the museum is really large. There is free entry on the first Sunday of every month from October to March inclusive, this probably means huge crowds.


The museum is open everyday except Tuesdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and May 1, and free entry on Bastille Day (July 14).

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Tip: The Mona Lisa painting is here… but it is tiny. About A4 size. Plus there is an acrylic case/frame around it, and heaps of people crowding around it to take a crooked, glared shot of it. I am telling you now. It is not worth your time to line up with them just so you can get a blurry photo of it. Prepare to be disappointed.

Or, you can use this to your advantage. Literally across the room from it, is the beautiful, beautiful Wedding at Cana painting. It is huge. Really huge. Bigger than your average living room huge. And skillfully painted in beautiful, vibrant colours. While the Mona Lisa attracts everyone else like a magnet, use this to your advantage to get a full shot of the Wedding at Cana.

Getting here:
You can catch the metro and walk here. The metro is not expensive and within walking distance (even for a slow walker like me with low tolerance for walking).

Recommended visiting duration:
Really, I can stay here all day from the time it opens to the time it closes and still not get everything in. But if you only have one day, then do just that: come early and leave late. Bring your own food so you can save time and money and use the rest of the time exploring the museum.

Visit their official site for more info on admissions and hours.

To see more of what I did in France, click here.

Next week: The Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Versailles, Paris, France – A photo post

Last time I reviewed the beautiful La Secour cathedral. This post will be about the Palace of Versailles,the famous French palace and garden of King Louis the 8th, which is now a museum open to the public. Entry price varies according to the package you want (with or without access to the gardens, plus other exhibits). This can get very crowded during peak season, and there are LOTS of visitors here. There are gift shops inside, selling things from pens and post cards, to books on the palace. Audio guides are available. Visitors can see the private chambers of the king and queen, the Hall of Mirrors, the fantastic and beautiful paintings and walk around in the large garden. Coaches bring lots of tourists here,  but you can easily walk here from the closest metro station (which I have since forgotten the name of).


Recommendation: I highly recommend this place, as it is full of real history, beautiful architecture and a great change from commercialised city attractions. However, the palace is quite large and there are many tourists, so either come early in the day as soon as it opens or get a multi-day pass. This place is really worth your time (there’s only so much you can do at the Eiffel Tower).

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But as you can see, is worth the wait:

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Inside the palace.

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And this place:

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I admire the detail in the architecture, the interior decorations and the beautiful, beautiful paintings by the skilled artists. How hard is it to paint realistic paintings on a flat surface, let alone a curved roof like that! The gold decorations and the crystal chandeliers are a beautiful match and the entire rooms shines when the curtains let in natural light.

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Visit their official website in English here.

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Next week: The Louvre.

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