Contemplating Monet's waterlily paintings in Paris

I thought I'd put up a few more Paris photos I'd forgotten I'd taken. I thought some of them weren't too bad. Photography's all about the light so you just have to make the best of what's available even if it is raining and gloomy grey. What do you think?

 The Arc de Triomphe du Carousel. It's part of the whole Louvre area.  I love the drama of the triumphal arch appearing here and there like stern parents.

There is so much incredible architecture everywhere in Paris made magical by mythological figures decorating them.

 One of the bridges that connects the left with the right bank.

 We walked around the first day and got lost in the rain looking for the Notre Dame. It didn't matter. It's actually a great way to see Paris walking along the Seine. This is the Notre Dame cathedral. An unforgettable building full of the most precious thoughts of humanity.


Visiting Musée de l'Orangerie to see Monet's Water Lily series we thankfully got in just before enormous crowds of tourists so there wasn't much of a wait. The Monet's are in their own room and you can sit and relax and contemplate them on any number of seats.

When I first saw them they didn't affect me much but after awhile you kind of become submerged into them. They sweep over you like giant colour clouds. I loved them in the end and didn't want to leave his watery, magical world. Paris is lucky to have them. It's not fair.

 Monet's Water lilies series

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There's other fantastic paintings in this gallery too including this Gauguin landscape which is just a perfect little landscape painting.
Gauguin

Near the Musee de L'Orangerie.

Tuilerie Gardens. Like the day after the party.

View of the Obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde. Why don't we have more of these obelisks punctuating the city landscape. And triumphal arches too. I think we're deprived of drama and beauty in contemporary cities. They try but in general don't succeed.

The influence of 20th c modernism had too great an influence on architects so millions of buildings were built with not a curve to be seen anywhere. Not that there's any in the obelisk but it's balance that's needed. Bring back the curve I say.

Photography tips:
Here's a helpful amateur photographer's guide to taking photos in Paris http://photo.net/france/paris


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