My apartment in Versailles is surrounded with forests, and it has been a year since I moved here. Here are some pictures that I made during this year.
I take the 8:43 bus to work every morning. It’s the same bus each day, the same driver, same people, I even take the same seat. The people who wait for the bus at my stop, are the same as well. Once I’m on the bus, I quietly observe as the monotony unfolds. There’s an old man who greets me every morning, a kid who gets on at my stop and hopes that his friend gets in at the next stop, the kid’s friend who’s always running late and is seen sprinting across the road towards the bus, every single day! A pretty girl who sits across me and never once moves her gaze away from the phone, and an old lady who wouldn’t sit next to me even if the bus is full. These people right here, are my daily companions on the bus journey to work; well on the first part of my journey actually. Then the bus stops, and I’ve to run two hundred meters in 3 minutes if I want to catch the connecting bus, and hope not to die of a heart attack doing this. The next bus is pretty dull, it fills up quickly and once it does, every human on the bus looks down at the bright lights in their palms, and never once looks up. But yesterday, everything changed! There was a girl, looked around 25, she was tall and had a slender form, she wore black jeans and a blue sweater, her glasses made her look like an owl. She held a black handbag, her hair was brown and was tied up like a fountain. She didn’t have earphones plugged into her ears, didn’t look once at her phone. I thought she didn’t even have a phone. She just stared at the different faces consumed by bright lights. As my stop arrived, I thought to myself ‘what a beautiful day it has been’ and prepared to get off, and something unexpected happened. The pretty girl reached into her coat pocket and pulled out one of the bright light devices, plugged in her earphones, and in an instant she too was gone. I didn’t even know her name, yet I felt sad as I got off the bus; plugged in my earphones and started walking, looking at the bright lights in my palm.
My friend admiring a statue near Chateau du Versailles, France.
Lake near the Chateau du Versailles.
A walk in the garden, Versailles.
Portraits on the wall.
My friends and I had been to Amsterdam to welcome 2016, and on our way back to Poitiers, France, we had a few hours to kill. We had reached Paris on 3 January 2016, early in the morning. The bus to Poitiers was at 15:00. Since we had a lot of time, we decided to head to the “Louvre”. It was still very dark when we arrived at the gigantic walls surrounding the Louvre Pyramid. We couldn’t figure out where the entrance was and there was not a soul to be seen. After a lot of walking around, we found our way inside. I must say we were extremely lucky to have arrived at the Louvre Palace in the morning. There were hardly any people around, and I never did spot any homo sapiens “selfying” with their phones! The dim lighting of the palace complimented by the dark sky was a visual treat indeed. Due to the limited time, we couldn’t venture into the museum. But I was really glad to just witness the beauty of its surroundings. We walked around the palace enjoying the changing colours of the sky, after which we took the metro and arrived at the Eiffel Tower. Seeing the Eiffel tower was an achievement for us, not because its a World Wonder, but because it had been 4 months since we arrived in France, and had never been to the Eiffel Tower. The view of the city from the top of the tower is stunning. One look from here is ample for anyone to fall in love with the architecture of this city (Paris is divided into 20 Arrondissements).
Here are some pictures of these beautiful places,
The Palais-Royal, home of the Conseil d’État
The bridge, Pont des arts
The Seine river as seen from the Pont des arts
The Seine river
The gateway to the Louvre Pyramid
The Louvre Pyramid (Mona Lisa is in there somewhere)
The Pont des arts leading to the Mazarine Library
The Cour Carrée (Square Courtyard completed under Napoleon I) seen from the Mazarine library.
Posters promoting Australian tourism, in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower.
View of the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Chaillot’s Palace seen from the Eiffel tower.
La Grande Roue de Paris (The big wheel of Paris) seen from the Eiffel Tower.
The “Champ de Mars” seen from the Eiffel tower.
The World famous “Tour Eiffel” (Eiffel Tower)
Ruins of the church at Dhanushkodi. This was a happy town before the cyclone consumed the entire place in 1964. No ones lived here since then. Now it’s a tourist spot and there are small stalls selling refreshments. All that remains are the ruins of what existed when this was a happy place filled with life.