Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A whirlwind trip around Paris

These photographs are from my whirlwind trip to Paris - We (me and my Mum) had a weekend to dash around Paris and see as much as we could. I planned the trip around my art project for this year, which is Yves Saint Laurent as a designer, so I wanted to incorporate some photographs of the city where he spent most of his working life.

On the Saturday morning we got a really early flight, and had the privilege of seeing a truly beautiful sunrise over the channel through the plane window. We packed light to make the most of our short time there, so we could carry everything with us, rather than trek to-and-fro from the hotel, sacrifices were made in the packing process, but in the end I managed to pack clothes
for the two days, shoes, sketchbooks and of course, both my cameras. On arrival, we headed straight for the Montmartre area, and, after a coffee from a cute pavement cafe, we walked up the steps to the Sacre Coeur. The view of the city from the summit was incredible as the sky was bright blue and so clear that you could see for miles.

The weather throughout the day was astonishingly beautiful, bright, sunny and warm, and totally unexpected for late October. After navigating around the hilly Montmartre area in the morning, we slowly made our way to the 'Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent Fondation' -  where we got to see the Hedi Slimane 'Sonic' exhibition, and got a guided tour of Yves Saint Laurents studio, where there were some of his sketches, photographs and iconic pieces.

After a full day walking around Paris and taking far too many photographs, we decided it would probably be a better idea to take the metro to our hotel. When we got to the hotel, managed to find our room, up twisting staircases, several corridors and through many, in my opinion, totally unnecessary doors, we had a quick turnaround and went out again, now somewhat lighter without all our belongings and in search of somewhere nice to eat. After wandering up and down many streets, we ended up eating at nice Italian restaurant just three doors down from the hotel.

The next morning, much to my mother's horror, we got up early again in order for me to capture the city's beauty in the new days light. Our first
stop, and the main reason for the location of the hotel, was the 'Jardin des Plantes' - the gates to which were just opposite the hotel. These are the cities main botanical gardens, and they also house the natural history museum and beautiful planted park areas. The morning light reflected so beautifully on the glass in the greenhouses and museum buildings that this is where most of my photographs were taken. It was incredibly peaceful and other than the occasional runner, we were mainly undisturbed.

After the gardens we were off again, we found a beautiful square, with cafes around and had breakfast on a little table facing out into the square, the perfect opportunity for a bit of
'people watching'. The flight was booked for some time in the early evening, so we spent the rest of the day leisurely walking up towards the station, via the Notre Dame, Pompidou Centre and the Bastille monument, where there were some amazing food markets, which made for the perfect picnic. After the impromptu park-picnic, we found a really quiet area which had some gorgeous antique shops. Then we sadly had to make the final trip to Gare du Nord, then onto the airport.


  1. i loved these! may i know what you used to shoot them with?

  2. Such beautiful photos! I love the lightning and the colors! I've never been to Paris and I hope I'll go there very soon. These are really inspiring ;)

    1. Thanks so much! Yes if you have the chance, you definitely have to go!