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Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007, 12:36 am
parisophil

ok. so, this is a huuuuge post containing 45 photograph's from my trip to paris last week. no, really, tons of pictures. but i like them. considering i took 926 photo's all week, posting just 45 is definitely me on restraint, eh? ;)

so.. click if you think you're ready for it. i do like all of these quite a lot. i might add some text tomorrow, gotta sleep now.. :)



paris!

how spring is this? i loved this tiny park area.

paris!

_flowers_! oh, they were everywhere. even though the weather fluctuated heavily (we had rain, hail, sunshine, light snow and heavy winds.. each weather lasted 5-minutes/an hour, and then switched to something else. it was so funny), it was definitely spring.

paris!

roasted chestnuts!

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sooo goood. especially the slightly burnt bits.

paris!

...but this stuff was better. i grew into such a patisserie-addict.

paris!

...i had an eclair for breakfast every morning, hehe! and smuggled 6 eclairs with me home. insanely good.

paris!

notre dame!

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i just wish i could see the gargoyles better and more up close. can you believe all that detail? so amazing.

paris!

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i lit a candle for my grandma. i just think she would have liked that. i lit another for jesper at sacré-coeur.

paris!

there was a service going on in notre dame, complete with insence and ladies singing etheareal opera hymns and everything. very moving. i recommend going there on a sunday night for that experience alone, and i'm not even religious.

paris!

my hotel was just a bit further down the street from this (as in "behind" me, when i was taking this picture). how amazing was this view?

paris!

montmartre certainly has a very different vibe during the day than it does at night.

paris!

...so, did you know that paris-people like to drink wine? haha. hey, at least they attempt to recycle..

paris!

paris!

montmartre! such a wonderful area. :D

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view from the observation deck at sacré-coeur.

paris!

..speaking of which.. unfortunately, you can't take pictures inside, but do try and visit, it's stunning. the main ceiling is an enormous artpiece that is really huge to take in. i just walked around with my mouth hanging open the entire time.

paris!

i had wine, like, every night. this is noteworthy because i normally hate wine and never drink it, but i figured i'd see if maybe i'd feel differently when in paris, having experienced european wine-drinkers around me. they did order wine that i actually liked, but i would still never order it on my own. eh, i prefer water, what can i say? this dutch waitress was adorable, though.

paris!

some of my fellow trainees, sorting out our bill. we went to tiny restaurants every night and they helped me order all sorts of french dishes. i had confit de canarde (duck) several times thanks to them, and really liked it. oh, and the cheeeeses. sigh.

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my group by moulin rouge! :) that's our trainer, fannie, with the glasses and black coat on the far left side. she was awesome, and very french.

paris!

hee!

paris!

...yes, i totally watched my moulin rouge dvd the night before i left for paris, hehe.

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oi. walking from pigalle to anvers, where my hotel was. as i told the group that walked me home, i was grateful for their company because it'd probably sound "bad" if i disappeared in this particular neighbourhood. :) hey, at least it's colourful and to the point.

paris!

pont-neuf!! i was so happy to see this, as i love the film les amants de pont-neuf. i'm such a geek. :D

paris!

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the louvre. of course, i didn't know that at the time, i was trying to find the louvre and didn't see a sign, and took a picture of this building because it was so huge and pretty, and then went "oooh.. it IS the louvre."

paris!

sigh. so gorgeous! and i loved the moon. :D

paris!

just look at all that detail - insaaaane. :D

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this was the main thing i wanted to see. i adore this piece. i saw the mona lisa as well, but, er, i never liked it much (and saw several other pieces i prefer). this piece was just as amazing up close as i had hoped. sigh.

paris!

paris!

kind of hard to take a unique picture of this, but eh, it's venus de milo. can't ask for more. :)

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the eiffel tower was definitely the most stunning at nighttime. i took sooo many stupid pictures. i just couldn't get enough of the curves and all the details. i only went to the second floor because it was cold and i didn't feel like waiting 40 minutes to go all the way up to the top, but whatever. second floor was cool enough.

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i made sure not to leave any objects behind.. haha.

paris!

i was so excited when the lights started flashing all over the tower for 10 minutes - it was like being inside fireworks. so cool!

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Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
fastrada

oh my god, those are so beautiful, i just want to cry. i never posted about how we had a defective disposable camera so NONE of my pix of the inside of the louvre came out. NONE. i am going to steal your winged victory and venus de milo shots.

what kind of camera are you shooting with? your night shots are amazing. my digital camera is crap so i'm looking to replace it at some point.

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
somabish

oh i'm sorry to hear about your camera problem! that definitely sucks. take whichever pictures you want - you can have larger versions if you want.

i used a canon powershot G5, which is an okay camera - i can pretty much only use the ISO 50 mode on it because everything else gets too grainy, but i've learned to work around it.

honestly, you can find loads of better cameras out right now, but the important thing to look for is: a low number f (i don't know the english word for it, but it has to do with how much light you can let in, and the lower the number, the better) - mine has f2.0, which is kind of unusual, and definitely helps with low light conditions.

the other thing to do, which is how i can take night shots: really try and steady the camera. i use anything - trash bins, sidewalk, trees, anything solid really that i can rest the camera on, which allows for sloooow shutterspeeds, and then the flip-around screen allows me to compose the shot without having to really look at the camera.

i would suggest getting a camera with some type of fliparound lcd-screen - it helps a lot when trying to take shots, it allows me to stretch my arm up and take photo's above ppl's heads when at concerts, and still have some control, thanks to being able to see the lcd-screen. this is also good for selfportraits, haha.

Wed, Mar. 28th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
sandykins57

It's called an f-stop, I think. At least that is what I remember from a photography class that I took in college many moons ago.

Lovely photos, btw. You've made me want to go to Paris. Wonder if hubby wants to go, too.

Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
burrito19

Incredible photos as always. Though I've never been to Paris, I can still recognize most of the landmarks (Tour Eiffel, L'Arc, Pont Neuf, Sacre Coeur et Monmartre, etc.). Thanks for sharing!

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
thebunnybin

Isn't she the best photographer ever? I swear, I would buy her book!

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
somabish

:* :)

Wed, Mar. 28th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
burrito19

Absolutely. :)

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
somabish

:D thanks! glad you liked them, and good luck with the house-buying! :D
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Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
somabish

haha, that lady was so funny, she totally knew i was snapping the picture too. :)

you should see the picture i took of the building with a huge sign saying "sexodrome" - surreal and very 80s. :o
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Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
somabish: Re: Hee hee! Sexodrome!

hahaha, moonriddengirl showed me that movie a few years ago! i mostly remember emlanie griffith's boobs. :)

here you go... hahaha:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/somabish/sexodrome.jpg

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
sarin_girl

oh wow... gorgeous gorgeous pics..
*sighs*

I wanna go to paris!!! hehehe..

thank you so much for sharing..

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
somabish

likewise - i'm sorry i suck at commenting, but i really love the pictures you've been posting (especially of that singer!). you're doing really good work. :D

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
thebunnybin: OMG I CUD D13!!!

They're beautiful. Your pictures are always beautiful. But my favorite by far is the picture of you with the tart. That is the pinnacle of portrait photography--what an impish expression you have! I *heart* it!!

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
somabish: Re: OMG I CUD D13!!!

:D you're so cute. thank you! hahaha, i had to force myself to post that picture despite looking like a total dork, because - mmm, pastry! hahaha. :D

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
primachi

I think that this is my favourite batch of photos from you to date. (Maybe even better than Murray in a giant hat!)

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
somabish

d'oh! i've still never posted the pictures from that show on killtoknow! oh well. it'll happen when i finally do the redesign and make a proper concert-oriented website. :)

glad you liked the photos!

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
bluediamond

Beautiful!! Stunning!! Gorgeous!!

And you looked like you had fun too- hurrah! :)

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
somabish

thank you! :D

i had an AMAZING time - i seriously never thought i'd love paris this much. of course, getting a 6-day paid vacation out of the blue is probably enough to make anybody insanely happy. i so needed a break from work. :D

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
redjanet

fantastic photos! thanks so much for sharing them. we're going for a weekend in May so now you've got me all excited about it.

my favourite photo was of all the empty wine bottles! reminds me of the outside our front door after this past xmas week! ;)

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
somabish

ooooh paris in may must be amazing! i hope you have a lovely time - i'm so jealous that you can go every now and then, with london being so close. lovely city, eh? and thank you for your comments earlier! :D

haha, the empty wine bottles cracked me up! so... french. haha.

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
mutual_friend

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, I wanna go!! Particularly in love with the Louvre-pics.

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
somabish

i've always been a new york girl, but paris is seriously flirting heavily with my heart right now. so lovely, and the people were really nice! and the pastries... siiiigh!

glad you liked the pictures - the louvre was really huge and cool, even if i only spent about an hour there (i'm very to the point and just wanted to see the main pieces. i can do a longer tour another time).

Tue, Mar. 27th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
sequester

Those Eiffel pics are STUNNING! :D