Grand Trianon, Versailles

The Grand Trianon is almost as beautiful as the Château de Versailles itself, but made better by the absence of pushy crowds.

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Visiting the Château de Versailles was one of our main reasons for visiting Paris. And, while it was beautiful, it was horribly crowded. It was difficult to really appreciate the palace while being jostled from all sides and pushed along with the crowds.

Bright colours adorn the Grand Trianon
Bright colours adorn the rooms of the Grand Trianon
Inside the Grand Trianon
Inside the Grand Trianon
An elegant drawing room in the Grand Trianon, Versailles
An elegant drawing room in the Grand Trianon

It was a relief to escape into the gardens and make our way to the Grand Trianon, a smaller palace in the grounds. Its lovely decoration and human scale made it an absolute delight.

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Petit Palais

The internal courtyard of the Petit Palais offers a tranquil escape from the busy Champs Elysées.

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We stumbled upon the Petit Palais by accident while walking along the Champs Elysées. We were attracted by the spectacular glass roof of its counterpart, the Grand Palais, which stands opposite.

Roof of the Grand Palais, Paris
Roof of the Grand Palais, Paris
Courtyard inside the Petit Palais, Paris
Courtyard inside the Petit Palais, Paris

The Petit Palais is Paris’s fine arts museum, and entry is free. It was worth popping in just for the architecture and the tranquil courtyard hidden within.

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Christmas Lights in Lyon

After a subdued festival of lights, Lyon’s Christmas lights were particularly welcome this year.

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There is not a lot that can be said about Christmas lights and decorations around the city. They are welcome during the short days of December and they justify walking around the city camera in hand.

I filmed more than I photographed this year. The resulting short film of the Christmas Lights in Lyon is now available on my YouTube channel and embedded below.

Once again editing this short highlighted how much I have to learn about filming and editing. I need to film with a narrative in mind. Photography rewards capturing a single moment; filming needs context and a story to weave the scenes together. It is going to be a long road to any sense of mastery.

Photographs of Lyon’s Christmas Lights

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Galeries Lafayette in Paris

Paris’s Galeries Lafayette is no ordinary department store.

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Galeries Lafayette is possibly France’s most famous department store. We went for two reasons: the stained glass ceiling and the view from the roof terrace. They are both spectacular.

Galeries Lafayette Paris
Galeries Lafayette Paris
View from the roof terrace, Galeries Lafayette Paris
View from the roof terrace

Of course, you can also do some shopping while you’re there, too.

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Louvre Royal Apartments

The Napoleon III apartments in the Louvre are a reminder of its former life as a royal palace.

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Visiting the Louvre was one of the main reasons for our trip to Paris (the other reason being to see Versailles). The Louvre is huge – more than you could possibly see in one day. We started with the Egyptian antiquities and the Mona Lisa, but beyond that we didn’t have a plan.

Louvre sculpture gallery under one of the pyramids
Louvre sculpture gallery under one of the pyramids
Napoleon III apartments in the Louvre
Napoleon III apartments in the Louvre

We chose the Napoleon III apartments based on a tiny picture in the museum map, and it was one of the highlights of our visit. The sumptuously decorated state rooms are recreated in the museum for you to explore.

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