Paris is a mystery. Most people I know of, either have a love/hate relationship with Paris. Some people just adore Paris whereas others just tend to hate it at first sight and label it as a dirty city full of pickpockets.I am not a fan of stereotyping. I believe that every city has an inner soul to it, a soul that feels different to each person. Even if you try peeling those invisible layers, you may never be able to relate to the true essence of some cities.
It was not my first visit to Paris. But like Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a great idea.” And so it was decided. I would spend a few days in this romantic city.
I knew it would be raining. But I still wanted to see this European city as a solo traveler. I got there to realise that the weather had decided to be rebellious. But that did not deter me. I ended up walking all around Paris in the rain. I ended up eating a lot of delicious food too.
Unfortunately due to the rain, I had to leave my camera in the hotel on most days.
But still, Paris made me fall in love with her. I just realised how unique she was and how she has that ability to make anyone feel at home. Walking is definitely one of the best ways to see a gorgeous city like Paris.
Even though I don’t have that many good photographs from Paris, I still would love to take you around Paris in the rain through a photo story. Hope you enjoy a different side of Paris like I did.
Most people get the perfect shot when it comes to Paris. But for me, Paris was a photographer’s nightmare. It was raining the whole time that I ended up leaving the Dslr at my hotel on most days. But still you cannot do a theme on #Europe ‘s #monuments without a shot of the #eiffeltower . #wearetravelgirls #girlsvsglobe
They say this is one of the best places to see Paris from. I would have given it a try if it was not raining. Do you see the picture of the Indian armed forces? The pictures kept changing and I was surprised to find one of our army. This is the Roue Ferris wheel which keeps going places but always comes back to #Paris for the winter months. #Europe #monuments theme #wearetravelgirls #girlsvsglobe
I know it is not a monument but still it is a bridge dedicated to love. Whatever you say, there is a lot of love in this world and for me that is enough to classify this lock bridge as a monument. In #Paris . #Europe #monuments theme. #wearetravelgirls #girlsvsglobe
Today we celebrate Saraswathi Pooja or Vidyarambham. Saraswati is goddess of knowledge. So during the last three days of the Navaratri festival in South India, we place our books for puja or worship. When we were kids we were not allowed to read during these 3 days. We used to be so happy then that we didn’t have to study for 3 whole days. Since I am back to Uni this year, my mom insisted that I keep my books as well. I kept for 1 hour since that is the maximum anyone can pry me away from my phone. After all I work, study and run a part time business from my phone. Vidyarambham is the ritual of initiation of reading and writing for young kids. We did it for my 2 year old nephew this year since he already knows his Abcs and 123s. That is why I thought this was the perfect picture for today. The world’s largest museum, the Louvre is a treasure trove of knowledge and what better picture to pay homage to the wealth of knowledge. May all of you get lost in the art of traveling and knowledge as vast as the louvre. #Europe #monuments . #Paris #indian_igers #wearetravelgirls #girlsvsglobe
Luxor Obelisk was brought to #Paris from Egypt in 1833. It is over 3000 years old and was gifted back then to France. Europe #monuments #wearetravelgirls #girlsvsglobe
Even though I have a closer picture of the Arc De Triomphe, I liked this one. I remember how as a child on my first visit to Paris, I stood here, gaping at this massive monument. Europe #monuments #wearetravelgirls #girlsvsglobe #cbviews
So yesterday I went to my first Pub crawl in Bangalore. Even though we have gone pub hopping multiple times before, it was the first time I went to an organized one. So we did four pubs last night and it was so much fun. I think the thing I enjoyed most was the dancing. Did you know that #Bangalore is the pub capital of India? Even though all pubs have to close by 1Am. Anyway that is why I did not post anything yesterday and to compensate, I am posting a picture of one of the two famous fountains in Place De La Concorde. Europe #monuments #wearetravelgirls #girlsvsglobe
Many people warned me about Paris. It is a dirty city full of pick pockets. For me, Paris was midway between my journey. I was exhausted by the time I got to Paris and I decided to lie low. So instead of following the usual cliches, I did exactly the opposite. I did not go inside the Louvre or on top of the Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame. Every day, I just walked around the city and it was a different city than the one that people warned me about. No cameras or a destination in mind, I just walked around this gorgeous city. Ate my fill and again walked. And maybe that is why I fell in love with a part of the city that most tourists never make it to. Since it was not my first visit, I could avoid all the touristy destinations. #parisphoto #streetsofeurope
In spite of the authorities regularly removing the love locks, there are still many on the bridge. I wonder what the story is for many of these locks. #paris
I have decided to end Paris with a shot from outside the Moulin Rouge. Since cameras were not allowed inside, I had to click this with an iPhone . But the show was fabulous and I enjoyed it a lot. So on towards the next city. Europe #monuments theme. #girlsvsglobe
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27 thoughts on “Paris In The Rain: A Photo Story”
Despite the rain and not taking your camera out you still got some beautiful photos. It’s interesting how everyone has a different opinion on Paris, like you said they either love it or hate it. I loved it. The first time my boyfriend visited it he hated it, but the second time when he came with me he loved it. Weird, isn’t it?
I did end up taking my camera for these pictures. But many others I could not take since it was raining. I am glad that your boyfriend loved it the second time.
The Story behind the locks or history is that of a significance to a couples love for each other and so romantically placed on the bridges in Paris as well as Amsterdam, I’m sure there are other places but couldn’t tell you where! Not quite sure of whole story either, but it has something to do with that. Great photo tour!
I have seen them in Prague too. Quite interested to know the actual story.
Hi! I’m from Paris so I’m glad you enjoyed it and stood away from the clichés and decided to see it for yourself! 🙂 Sorry about the weather though! I guess the best time to go is in April/May! it’s true that people think either it is a “dream” romantic city (and then are disapointed lol) or that is dirty. Leaving abroad I see that Paris can be a bit dangerous…I have friends here (in Iceland) who thinks it stinks in the streets while they never went there! It’s mostly the subway that can smell like piss lol Anyways, I’m glad you enjoyed it besides the rain 😉
Yes the subway does stink a little bit. Just like New york if you ask me.
I think you managed quite well to snap some good shots from Paris. Even in the rain. I love the one of the Louvre museum with the pyramid. Although a stereotype view, you brought something new and fresh to the picture. Love it.
I am glad that you liked the Louvre one. It is one of my favourites too.
Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world and you did an amazing job capturing its beauty and charm. Your pictures are beautiful. Rain or shine, Paris is such a charismatic place. I still haven’t visited Moulin Rouge despite visiting Paris countless times, but I think you’ve convinced me to check it out next time.
You definitely should go. I will definitely try to write on my experience at Moulin Rouge soon.
Even in the rain it looks so beautiful!
Yes Mridula. It is a beautiful city.
Even though it rained, you still captured beautiful photos. The photo you took of the Eiffel Tower looks so romantic – I love the bit of mist. And the night capture of Moulin Rouge looks fun! I totally agree with what you said at the beginning – each place you visit has it’s own inner soul that creates different experiences for different people.
Glad that you liked the pictures. Mist one was not intentional. Eiffel tower looked like that during my entire stay in Paris this time around. I was staying in an area where I could see the Eiffel tower as soon as I left the hotel.
Beautiful snaps of Paris! I wish I’d fallen in love with Paris like most people but I had a really crappy time because I got realllllly bad food poisoning there… At least it was only on the last night so I didn’t miss out on much. I agree with you on the yummy food! That was my favourite part 😛
Paris has exquisite options when it comes to food.
I loved the river Seine and the culture along it…the lock bridges, the monuments ….sigh! Loved your pics.
Thank You Ami. Louvre still remains one of my favourites.
Sometimes a little rain might not be a bad thing! The rain can push you to discover new places that you wouldn’t go to otherwise or view things in a different perspective than you normally would. Also, gray skies are fitting for some photos! You still managed to get some great snaps of Paris on your trip 🙂
Thank You. Rain can sometimes add to the beauty of a place.
I didn’t really enjoy Paris the first time I went, as I found it dirty (like your friends and family warned you in your Instagram caption). But once you look past that, it is quite a romantic and beautiful city. It’s too bad that the rain stopped you from taking your camera out some day, but those are usually the days where you can truly appreciate where you are without worrying about taking photos or capturing every single thing you did that day.
Yes I just loved walking in the rain. I think most of these pictures were captured on the day I took out the camera.
Good idea to make a story from instagram pics…
Thank you Shrinidhe. We already write so much for Instagram and I always do themes. So this one was perfect. Do check out my “Tanzania: Photo story” as well.
Paris is a romantic place for every couple, I think every corner I can see them at first I found it irritating but now it’s not pretty crazy. Awesome pictures by the way.
Your words about Paris have really intrigued me. Very well written! I agree people have love-hate relationship with Paris. I’m not sure if I want to visit it ever…,but I might want to visit the countryside around it.
Thank you, Renuka. Hope you get to visit France one day.