Last month we spent a magical weekend in Paris. By day we criss-crossed the city, visiting the sights Paris is justly famous for, and dropping into churches, museums and parks. By night we enjoyed good food and wine, sitting out in street bars and cafés as the city bustled around us, enjoying good company late into the night.

Hotel Europe Saint Severin

We visited the beautiful collection of Impressionist paintings housed in the Musée d’Orsay, Monet’s famous panoramic Water Lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie and spent a couple of happy hours just wondering through the Musée du Louvre, particularly enjoying the wonderful Italian statue collection and some of the famous French paintings by David, Delacroix and Gericault.

Musee d'Orsay

We climbed to Montmartre by way of Pigalle and the Moulin Rouge, then enjoyed a great café lunch on a quiet back street before ascending to the dome of Sacré Cœur for stunning views across the whole of Paris.

We strolled along the banks of the Seine, crossing bridges and watching boats ply their way up and down the river. We wandered the islands, getting numerous different views of Notre Dame, the Conciergerie and Saint-Chapelle.

Notre Dame and Ile de la Cité

We had fresh croissants and espresso for breakfast and negotiated our way through the Metro system, only experiencing one break-down and one suspicious smoke event. We strolled through the gardens of Luxembourg and the Tuilleries as the first signs of spring crept through the city.

We watched, enthralled, as the traffic surged and foamed around the Arc du Triomphe, having already ascended it for the spectacular views from the west side of the city. We watched the Eiffel Tower light up as dusk fell and ate ice cream besides the fountains of the Trocadero. We visited Sartre and Baudelaire’s graves in Montparnasse ceremony and walked past the Royal Observatory where Cassini carried out his detailed observations of Saturn's rings.

It was a truly brilliant few days and here are just a few photographic highlights with many more available on Flickr.

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame. f/8, 17mm, 1/200s, ISO 100.

Sainte-Chapelle Interior

The stained-glass in Saint-Chapelle on our first afternoon. f/4, 17mm, 1/25s, ISO 800.

Notre Dame from the Left Bank

Notre Dame, just two minutes from our hotel. f/11, 17mm, 1/160s, ISO 100.

Lunch at La Maison Rose, Montmartre

A café lunch in Montmartre. f/7.1, 31mm, 1/160s, ISO 100.

La Louvre from the Tuileries

La Louvre. f/7,1, 22mm, 1/125s, ISO 100.

Psyche Revived By Cupid's Kiss

Psyche Revived By Cupid's Kiss in the Louvre. f/4, 40mm, 1/200s, ISO 800.

Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir

Satre's Headstone in Montparnasse Cemetery. f/4, 40mm, 1/1250s, ISO 200.

Eiffel Tower at Sunset

Eiffel Tower at sunset. f/8, 40mm, 1/200s, ISO 400.

Café Noir

Cafe Noir. f/4, 22mm, 1/15s, ISO 100.

Seine Sunset

Seine at Sunset. f/8, 17mm, 1/800s, ISO 400

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf. f/7.1, 17mm, 1/320s, ISO 400.

Tour Eiffel at Sunset

Eiffel Tower. f/7.1, 17mm, 1/500s, ISO 400.

Paris from Sacre Coeur

The view from Sacre Coeur. f/6.3, 17mm, 1/200s, ISO 100.

Shakespeare and Co

Shakespeare & Co. the American bookshop. f/8, 30mm, 1/20s, ISO 100.

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur on a lazy afternoon. f/11, 17mm, 1/80s, ISO 100.


Montmartre. f/7.1, 17mm, 1/50s, ISO 100.

La Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower from the Arc du Triomphe. f/8, 40mm, 1/200s, ISO 100.

L'Arc du Triomphe

L'Arc du Triomphe. f/5.6, 17mm, 1/250s, ISO 100.

Bird cages at the Flower Market

Birdboxes in the Flower Market. f/4, 29mm, 1/250s, ISO 800.

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Winged Victory of Samothrace in the Louvre. f/4, 26mm, 1/30s, ISO 800.

The Seine

Looking down the Seine. f/9, 17mm, 1/160s, ISO 100.

Jardin des Tuilleries

Fountain in the Tuilleries. f/9, 17mm, 1/160s, ISO 100.