A rainy day at the Louvre
My trip to Paris at the end of May this year didn’t offer any good weather. It was mostly cold and rainy each day. On the rainiest day I decided to spend some hours at the Louvre. Had only been there once before. And at that time only had an hour before I needed to leave for the airport. This time I could use the whole day if I wanted.
What I mostly wanted to see was the section with french and italian painters. I was there at my first visit, but felt that I had to little time then. This time I wanted to be able to take the time I wanted and look at all the magnificent paintings.
I wasn’t bothered with lack of time this visit. Which was nice. Although it was hard to concentrate on the paintings since almost everyone it running around taking pictures of the paintings instead of looking at them. So wherever you stood, you was in the way for someone taking a picture with their phone or iPad.
There was a lot of people at the Louvre that day and long lines to get in. Below is a view out from one of the windows in the Louvre.
(Clicking on the picture will take you to a larger version at my Flickr page)
Selfies at Sacre-Cœur
Recently I went for a short trip to Paris. It was my third time there. Wanted to try out my new Leica Q. Again I tried to get along without my MacBook. Just had the iPad Pro with me.
I talked in an earlier post about trying to get the RAW picture into my iPad by connecting it directly to my camera via USB. Well that didn’t work as expected since the Leica Q makes DNG files directly in the camera. And appearently iOS cannot import those. So I am stuck with just importing JPG’s. Since I am currently mostly using black and white settings in camera, the only thing I have to work with after importing to the iPad is those black and whites.
Below is one of the pictures I took on this trip. It is taken just below the Sacre-Cœur. If you click the picture it will open in Flickr.
My first time in Paris
I have been to Paris just twice in my life. The first time was in 2013. It was a big thing for me, since I never believed I would be able to go there for some reason. It was rather overwhelming when I suddenly got off the bus and stood somewhere around Les Invalides. Almost a little unreal.
I didn’t know where I was supposed to hop of the bus to get closest to the hotel I was booked for. I turned out that Les Invalides was not the best place at all. My hotel was at Grands Boulevards. And even if a really long walk would have taken me there, I am not sure I would have found it. Also I had some luggage with me. So I started to try to get a taxi, which turned out to not be so easy. The few cars I saw, seemed to ignore me. When in the end I found someone that could drive me to the hotel, he drove like a criminal, swearing at the other drivers and was frequently using the horn.
In any case he got me to my hotel in the end. I got to check in to the room and drop off my bags. Then began the adventure of discovering Paris for the first time, which included taking a lot of pictures. This one below I took on my second trip to Paris, which was in 2014.