Paris Photo Diary

 For my writings about Paris, please refer to “A Letter to Paris.” 

 For now, enjoy my visual insight into the city of light and love. 

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A Visit to Versailles

img_4060A photo story from The Palace of Versailles, France

Eight hours may seem like a long time when you’re studying or churning out gold bills, but the seconds slip through your fingers like grains of sand when you’re exploring the seemingly-endless gardens of the Palace of Versailles.

The first glimpse into this world of overwhelming wealth, luxury and unmerited grandeur is a snaking line of tourists pressing against gold gates. Once inside, it’s clear that the Sun God’s palace boasts his extreme prowess in the art of ‘being rich’ with 17th century artwork smothering over 700 rooms.  Understandably, 700 rooms was still a little crowded for the French royalty, as the King’s Austrian wife, Marie Antoinette, was presented with her own estate behind the 20 acres of trimmed gardens. Anyone still unsure why the French revolted?

From the famed Hall of Mirrors to the Queen’s Hamlet and the Grand Trianon, every turn of a polished corner was a marvel that filled me with happiness. Writers string words together to elucidate the inexpressible all the time, tugging metaphors out of still water in a futile attempt at solidifying a fluid beauty, but I’m yet to stumble across a phrase capable of encompassing Versailles.

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A Letter to Paris

Dear Paris,

Je t’aime, ma chérie!

Every second spent in your city was la vie en rose. The world around me was presented through rose-coloured glasses, every passing moment tinged with a little bit of magic.   Continue reading “A Letter to Paris”

Emma’s European Escapade

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“Did I ever tell you about the time I went to France?”

 
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Emma returned from an extravagant adventure around Europe with a lifetime of memories, a storybook of inimitable experiences and a treasured collection of breathtaking photographs. (Also with enough Harry Potter merchandise from the London studios to last me a lifetime! Thanks to Emma, I am now the proud owner of Gryffindor socks, a butterbeer mug, Hermione’s wand and a Gryffindor pin) Read on to catch a glimpse of Europe through Emma’s lens, and to discover her perspective on the cultural cities she visited.
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“The road trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow was my favourite part of the trip.
It was sort of a break from running from one place to the next, not only that but it was easily the most peaceful part of the trip. Plus the Scottish countryside is the most beautiful thing. It wasn’t boring though because out the window was always something new, a small village or a snow topped hill, always a new moment to capture on camera. I was basically glued to the side window and had to fight for the front seat views. There were also a few moments when there was no one else on the road, and it was easier to appreciate the peacefulness of the Scottish countryside. Those moments are part of why I want to go back so badly.
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Paris is so rich with cultural history that it’s hard not to spend hours in the many art museums that surround the city. The Musée de l’Orangerie was probably my favourite, mostly because parts of the museum were built around the artwork. Monet’s Water Lilies were a majestic example of how much Monet influenced the architecture. The compositions are all the same height (1.97m) but differ in length so that they could be hung across the curved walls of two egg-shaped rooms. This museum was also where I bought my pop-up Paris book, which I still cherish very much.”

 

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“The pace is faster in Europe; everything seems to be happening at once in the same place and you always seem to be in the middle of it. That description doesn’t make much sense until you’ve been to a huge city. It truly is a unique experience. There is a certain energy that came with Europe that’s hard to explain; but it’s nothing like it is in Australia. Though, sometimes when it’s a particularly chilly morning as I sit and wait for my bus in the CBD, it provides small glimpses of what it was like to be standing still in the midst of a hurricane of people. There’s also snow.”

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