Breathing Paris

According to Victor Hugo, ‘Breathing Paris preserves the soul.’

It is a city full of unexpected sights and surprises:

Like a vintage merry-go-round

La belle epoque

Or the exquisite stained glass window

Of the Galeries Lafayette.

Galeries Lafayette

It is a place where you turn a corner

To find history towering over you —

Old spire

And love being locked forever

On bridges while the ancient cathedral,

Notre Dame, looks on.


It is a mix of the old and the new,

History and modern day,

Light and life.

Concorde copy

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91 responses

  1. mtwaggin

    I’ve never been that impressed with Paris but you are indeed making me see it differently. The carousel – be still my heart but the architecture is amazing!

    April 8, 2013 at 15:35

  2. Wow…gorgeous photos of Paris..I have never been there, so this is great to see

    April 8, 2013 at 15:42

  3. Beautiful photos! Thank’s for sharing parts of Paris as I will never see it in person.

    April 8, 2013 at 16:03

  4. Hello Lady Li!
    Beautiful, romantic picture.
    I absolutely love it.
    I am delighted to Paris. I love this city.
    I send greetings.

    April 8, 2013 at 16:11

  5. I do love Paris!! And what delightful memories your beautiful photos have brought me today!! Thanks for a great start on a gray day!

    April 8, 2013 at 16:24

  6. Well you have one of my very favorite historical places ever on this post…Notre Dame. My daughter went to college in the states at this school, so my dream has always been to see this in person. Thanks for sharing.

    April 8, 2013 at 16:25

  7. Beautiful photos of Paris. I can assure you that I was not able to make them as beautiful. Cant wait to see more. For the time I was also in those places, I think the carousel is the Place of the Hotel de la Ville.

    April 8, 2013 at 16:28

  8. Lovely pics, Lady.
    I’m so glad you’re enjoying your time there.
    Take more pics for us midwesterners!!!!

    April 8, 2013 at 16:29

  9. Ajaytao2010

    those are very beautiful pictures

    April 8, 2013 at 16:44

  10. I love these pictures, thank you so much for my arm-chair traveling this morning:)

    April 8, 2013 at 16:58

  11. daryledelstein

    ahhh … looking forward to my rescheduled paris getaway even more now

    April 8, 2013 at 17:05

  12. TexWisGirl

    the way YOU see paris is wonderful!

    April 8, 2013 at 17:32

  13. I so love your photos , it’s seeing yours that inspired me to show some of mine, not that they are in same league mind but all the same some great photos

    April 8, 2013 at 17:33

  14. Ooh la la! Que c’est beau! Loving to tour Paris vicariously through your beautiful pictures.

    April 8, 2013 at 17:45

  15. ds

    Ahhhh….someday, another trip. Someday.
    Thank you for sharing these!

    April 8, 2013 at 18:09

  16. Looks like you had lovely weather!!!

    April 8, 2013 at 18:24

    • It was cold and windy, but the sun shone brightly!

      April 8, 2013 at 18:33

  17. What a wonderful place to be!
    I just love that carousel.

    April 8, 2013 at 18:48

  18. I was last in Paris in late January 2005. It was cold, but I never minded it. The whole City is such a feast for the eyes and the soul! I’ll take it with ice and snow as well as steamy heat! If I could live my life over, I’d live it in Paris!

    April 8, 2013 at 18:53

  19. Gorgeous pictures and thanks for showing me Paris through your lens.

    April 8, 2013 at 19:07

  20. Like several of your commenters, I’ve never been to Paris either, but I’m enjoying my virtual visit through your blog! The carousel is charming, of course, but that stained glass (directly overhead, I take it?) is stunning!! I love a place with so much history, and Paris sure has all of that. What lovely architecture – that’s a wonderful photo of Notre Dame! And I’d never heard of the Paris Love Locks before, but armed with your one-word hint I kept studying that photo till I recognized some locks among that colorful jumble behind your adorable model there, and then went searching the web to find out what the deal is with the locks!:-) (I love it when I learn something new from someone’s blog). I think every bridge that spans a canal with locks should have one.:-)

    April 8, 2013 at 19:20

    • Ah yes, perhaps I should have said they were love locks. I do have several clear pictures of the locks, so will no doubt be posting those some time in the future.

      April 8, 2013 at 19:22

  21. oh wow…absolute love the merry go round shots….and the galleries…..very very cool….

    April 8, 2013 at 19:37

  22. What wonderful photos. The carrousel is fantastic. You make me to remember when I was in Paris.

    · hugs

    · CristalRasgado · & · LaMiradaAusente ·

    April 8, 2013 at 19:40

  23. I hope to see Paris myself one day! You certainly make it look enticing!

    April 8, 2013 at 20:08

  24. cloudia

    Belle post, Mon Ami:-)


    April 8, 2013 at 21:18

  25. Lovely Pictures, your daughter looks happy! Would love to go there some day

    April 8, 2013 at 21:34

  26. Wonderful shots of Paris and I love the one of your daughter. I went to Paris with my daughter when she was in high school and I went there with my parents when I was in high school. It’s a beautiful and interesting city.

    April 8, 2013 at 22:30

  27. Wonderful glimpses of Paris through your eyes …. Isn’t it the most delightful city to photograph?

    April 8, 2013 at 23:39

  28. nice pieces of Paris. Like your take on it.:)

    April 8, 2013 at 23:51

  29. Well Hey, I’m sold. Love your pics.

    April 9, 2013 at 00:58

  30. Oh so pretty! I also noticed what was behind AB1 and hope you will show us more of those colorful bits. What a wonderful trip!:)

    April 9, 2013 at 01:57

  31. The carousel shots are especially nice!

    April 9, 2013 at 02:24

  32. Wonderful photos!
    I’ve been there twice, but I’d sure like to go back someday.

    April 9, 2013 at 02:41

  33. Ah, what a beautiful city. I’d love to go there someday…

    April 9, 2013 at 02:54

  34. Thanks for sharing some of the beautifuls sights you captured in Paris! What a lovely city. I’ve always wanted to visit. Maybe someday.

    April 9, 2013 at 03:13

  35. Al

    I love this tour of Paris, it’s a city I’d love to revisit.

    April 9, 2013 at 03:40

  36. This is a beautiful post. Such a different world, Paris. We went to see a Toulouse Lautrec exhibit over the weekend, so this feels like great timing.

    April 9, 2013 at 03:49

  37. I like the way how you captured Paris! Beautiful, fun, free, soaring, and chic.

    April 9, 2013 at 04:12

  38. I can see your daughter was enjoying every minute! What wonderful shots of the city – you’ve captured its charm.

    April 9, 2013 at 04:47

  39. Looks like you had some lovely sunshine in Paris. It seems so familiar, as I visit my father every year. I shall be back in May. Did you have a wonderful time?

    April 9, 2013 at 04:57

  40. Rahul

    Paris is a city of undending delights:)

    April 9, 2013 at 05:04

  41. Lovely set of shots!

    April 9, 2013 at 06:06

  42. I wish I knew what it is…your blog has a magical quality…whimsical and poetic!! Always wanted to see Paris, almost got there but your pictures show it off well…especially as you have a certain way of taking a shot..your own point of view is always unique lady of the north…..wide angle up in the air at towers…..Great Shots!!

    April 9, 2013 at 06:17

  43. paris is captivating, so romantic. i wish to experience it again….longer this time.

    April 9, 2013 at 06:37

  44. Beautiful photos of the city of love — I hope to see Paris one day!

    April 9, 2013 at 07:19

  45. Awesome captures of a city I love. The first shot is enchanted!

    April 9, 2013 at 07:39

  46. absolutely impressive.

    April 9, 2013 at 07:50

  47. Beautiful pictures from old times ! I am sure Victor Hugo won’t say that today anymore ! It rather smells bad (not to say another word) lol !

    April 9, 2013 at 08:20

  48. Beautiful take on Paris. I lived there for several years, and these evoked many happy memories. It always felt like home… la vie en rose!

    April 9, 2013 at 08:34

  49. How simply stunning. Thank you so much – some day…

    April 9, 2013 at 08:41

  50. beautiful snapshots of Paris. i love the fome of the Galleries LaFayette. the vintage merry-go-round is gorgeous. your daughter’s smile matches this lovely city.

    April 9, 2013 at 09:50

  51. Lovely captures! Marvelous buildings and glass dome. Hope u all had fun in Paris:)

    April 9, 2013 at 10:22

  52. Your pictures are SO beautiful!

    April 9, 2013 at 10:57

  53. Beautiful photographs, fantastic city:) I am greeting

    April 9, 2013 at 10:59

  54. I have some pictures of a merry-go-round in Paris on slides (how old am I!). It would be funny if they were from the same place.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    April 9, 2013 at 11:17

  55. I’ve always loved the carousel and I love that you featured them in your Paris photos. Looks like you’re having a great time.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:28

  56. Somewone had a perfectly lovely time!

    April 9, 2013 at 12:16

  57. Love! Love! Love!

    April 9, 2013 at 13:14

  58. These images are so fantastic. I can’t wait to travel abroad and see all the beautiful old architecture!

    April 9, 2013 at 13:59

  59. I recall there always used to be a carousel at the foot of the sets to Sacre Coeur when I lived in Paris, but it wasn’t the only one!

    April 9, 2013 at 15:02

  60. The young girl with a winning smile is lovely and the carrousel is a marvel. But I am afraid breathing in Paris would not be as pure an experience as it was in Victor Hugo’s day. Of course he didn’t mean it literally. But on a more serious note he would never have conceived of the layer of smog I saw there during my visit. It hovered over the beautiful city like a veil. There are similar conditions world over. I hope we learn how to take better care of our air.

    April 9, 2013 at 16:25

  61. So beautiful and makes me want to visit again!

    April 9, 2013 at 16:31

  62. I’m really enjoying your shots of Paris! I especially like the vintage merry-go-round. So neat!

    April 9, 2013 at 18:40

  63. JM

    Vintage merry-go-rounds are absolutely beautiful! Love the Lafayette ceiling shot too.

    April 9, 2013 at 18:57

  64. The carousel and the lafayette are my favourites.

    Love looking at your photos… have to catch up on your previous postings as I’ve been busy lately.:)

    April 9, 2013 at 19:04

  65. Flotte bilder fra en vakker by. Artig å se Paris gjennom din kameralinse, så forskjellig fra det jeg har fanget:)

    April 9, 2013 at 19:59

  66. I’ve never seen so many padlocks before!

    April 9, 2013 at 20:40

  67. amazing photographs; I have visited too many years ago and would love to explore with different eyes and a CAMERA. Your photographs are FABULOUS

    April 9, 2013 at 22:17

  68. Jim

    Now that was a breath of fresh air!! Beautiful Paris. Loved those ‘locks’!!

    April 9, 2013 at 23:44

  69. Wonderful vacation, everything looks beautiful; your daughter’s smile says it all!

    April 9, 2013 at 23:49

  70. splendid scenes of springtime in Paris. Your words aren’t bad either

    April 10, 2013 at 00:46

  71. It sounds delicious!

    April 10, 2013 at 01:15

  72. That merry go round is so pretty!

    April 10, 2013 at 04:08

  73. Stunning images!! My favourite is the stained glass – you have a great eye for pattern and composition. And you make me want to visit Paris again – it was such a long time ago…..

    April 10, 2013 at 11:40

  74. that looks great!

    April 10, 2013 at 12:28

  75. Sure looks like you had a good time!!! The last image is my favourite – the low angle of the sun, and the way it catches the cobblestones!!!

    April 10, 2013 at 16:11

    • It’s my favourite shot too.

      April 10, 2013 at 17:21

  76. Thanks for the views of Paris, I love the gargoyle shots. Ah Paris in the springtime!

    April 10, 2013 at 17:54

  77. Simply stunning shots..and your daughter looks so happy.


    April 10, 2013 at 19:38

  78. I know you had a wonderful time…Paris is beautiful any time of the year but especially in spring.

    April 10, 2013 at 20:09

  79. Beautiful photos from a lovely city. I love Paris. It has been a while since I was there. Your photos made me longing for a trip very soon:)

    April 10, 2013 at 21:07

  80. Your photos are spectacular! The selection and use of light – Wow! You make Paris more beautiful than it is. Sandy

    April 10, 2013 at 22:25

  81. imac

    Great City Paris, Great photos to, love the shopping centre and that dome, I have a shot of that lol, did you see the Glass Pyramid?

    April 10, 2013 at 23:04

  82. Beautiful snaps:-)

    April 11, 2013 at 08:42

  83. That carousel looks wonderful as does the next image but your daughter.. she has such an adorable smile.

    April 13, 2013 at 06:25

  84. Thank you for memories LadyFi:-)

    April 13, 2013 at 17:50

  85. I really wish I could pay for you to travel the world and photograph it for us!

    April 15, 2013 at 03:17

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