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I have to say that I enjoyed Paris more than I expected. In many ways this great city inspires me as a photographer. Paris is such an artistic city and the architecture is amazing.

Furthermore, there is much to discover in that city. Paris is indeed like two cities in one. There is Paris by day and Paris by night; two different experiences, each one complete and unique.

I liked Paris so much that I already have plans to go back in 2009 and maybe even in 2010. Some of my friends from the RA Photo Club already confirmed that they will go back with me. So stay tuned for more photos of Paris in the coming years.

The first photo is the Arc de Triomphe seen from the Eiffel tower. One never gets tired of looking at this majestic monument, even from such a distance.

The second photo was shot from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. We catch a glimpse of the long, wide avenues, which are Parisian trademarks. In this same photo, we have a view of La Défence and La Grande Arche - an enormous hollow cube, so large that the Arc de Triomphe could fit inside it. La Défence is a huge business center with the largest new office development in Europe.

The third photo, a magnificent view of the Arc de Triomphe and the avenue Charles de Gaulle, was taken from the top of La Grande Arche.

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First photo: the metro over the Seine, with a view of the architecture of Paris in the background. Second photo: Standing majestically above Montmartre is the striking basilica of Sacré-Coeur. I shot this photo from the rooftop terrace of the Galeries Lafayette, one of the best-known department stores in Paris. The third photo is a view from inside the fantastic and colourful roof of the Galeries Lafayette.

There is no greater symbol of Paris than the grandiose Eiffel Tower. You only realize how massive this structure is when you stand underneath it. Do you know that the Eiffel Tower is the most popular tourist attraction of the world? Well, it's not to be missed for sure. Between the first, second and third level, I spent over four hours in the Eiffel Tower. Trust me, time flies in Paris. These two photos of the Eiffel Tower were made with my fisheye lens on my last evening in Paris.

The last photo was taken late at night in the Champs Elysées. It was also my last photo of my trip in Paris. It's a long exposure, so we can't see the cars around me but what we see very well is the majestic Arc de Triomphe.

To add a personal touch to this gallery on Paris, I included a photo showing the view from my hotel room and it represents the typical architecture of a residential building in central Paris.

The last two photos are from the beautiful Musée d'Orsay, one of my favourite museums in Paris. The Musée D'Orsay takes you into a different world. The first thing that strikes you about the Musée d'Orsay is its architecture : the transformation of the old railway station into this imaginative museum. Notice the way natural light plays an important part in the transformation of the space. Inside the museum, a clock is one of many reminders that the Musée d'Orsay building was once a train station. The museum now houses a stunning collection of impressionist art with Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Matisse, Monet, Renoir and many others.

copyright © 2009 Denis Duchesne