Cite

We used the Paris subway system a lot during our stay.  One of our favorites was Cite.  It opened in 1910 and is one of the few with a surviving Art Nouveau entrance and stylish round lamps on the platforms. It is located under the Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine that contains the Notre Dame Cathedral which was our destination.

Paris
Paris

 

14th Arrondissement

There is a service called Paris Greeters that pair you with a local resident who speaks your language of choice. In our case we took a walking tour of the 14th district with Françoise Jamin who happened to be an english teacher. She was very knowledgeable and proud of this area where she and her husband live.  The 14th district of Paris has a “village” atmosphere with many  artists’ studios, shops, squares and a church built with the iron structures of the International Exhibition. This photo is representative of one of the residential streets in the 14th. Paris Greeters is a free service but they accept donations.

Paris
Paris

 

Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre the highest point in Paris.  This is a very popular tourist attraction and I wanted to photograph it without the crowds. I got there so early in the morning I was the only person there for about 30 minutes.  

Paris
Paris

 

Trocadero

There is an elevator that goes to the top of the Eiffel Tower which is 986 feet high.  Coming off the elevator you’re inside an enclosed area but a short stairway allows you to reach a platform that is outside.  This shot of  the Trocadero with the fountains in the foreground was taken from that platform. It was a windy day and the tower was moving enough that I had to increase the shutter speed to get this in focus.

Paris
Paris

The Tower

I have just returned from France in a jet lag haze with hundreds of photos to sort through, edit, and post.  I visited three areas.  Paris, Normandy, and the Loire Valley.  Each area is unique and I will share photos that are majestic or simple, happy or emotional, colorful or black and white.  Those of you that follow this blog may get tired of France and if you do please comment something like “enough of France”.  

This is taken from the Place Debilly Bridge.  I thought this bridge, far from the most beautiful in Paris, complemented the erector set nature of the Tower.

Paris
Paris

637

This is a photo I would not typically post but the stormy sky combined with the conning tower of the submarine just worked.  Taken at the Navel Undersea Museum in Keyport, WA during my recent travels to the Bainbridge Island.

Keyport, WA
Keyport, WA

Freeze Church

Potlatch, Idaho is home to the Freeze Community Church founded in 1889. While touring the Palouse area I didn’t expect to be photographing churches but this was too good to pass up.

Potlatch Idaho
Potlatch Idaho

Point No Point

I saw on the map a place called Point No Point which is at the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula, Washington.  With a name like that I was curious and read that it was home to a lighthouse which was built in 1880.  After a 45 minute drive from Bainbridge Island there it was.

Hannsville Washington
Hannsville Washington

Seattle

I returned last night from a road trip to Seattle and the Palouse area of Idaho.  There are a number of photos to review and edit and I’ll be posting some in the coming days; both digital and film.  This shot of Seattle is from the Bainbridge Ferry.  It was such a colorful and beautiful morning I posted it in color but for fun I ran it though Silver Efex Pro and like that version too.  I would be interested in what you think.  Please vote below.

Bainbridge Ferry

Seattle B and W