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.
I absolutely love Sunrise and never get bored of it. I clicked this picture at The Gateway of India, Mumbai, today morning and I feel its one of the best pictures of Sunrise I’ve ever captured.
This was one evening in Goa when I was clicking pictures of the sunset and I clicked one picture after another continuously in order to not miss out any good picture possible.
But then for a second I felt, ” All this is rubbish ! “. I was just clicking away pictures meaninglessly and was missing out on a beautiful moment. Then I just walked ahead, unable to resist the temptation, I clicked one more picture and then stood quietly with my camera turned off for a while. I felt the beautiful sunset as the colours changed shades from yellows to reds and then faded away. It felt amazing to just stand where I was standing, to look at the sky and feel the waves touching my feet.
Photo by Jayanth Kumar (That’s me in the photo btw)
Sometimes it just feels good to stay still and enjoy the moment than click a button on the camera. Even if it is just for a few seconds, those seconds count !
Here are few photos which I captured that day,