In Between Days- Paris, France -Somewhere In Time Weekly Travel Photo.

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In Between Days – Montmartre Paris, France

I’ve said before that Paris was an unexpected find for me. Sure, I wanted to see the Eiffel Tower and eat the delicious $3 crepes, but it was the way the light bounced off the cobblestones and 100+ year old chimney stacks that really captured me. I never expected the light in Paris to be so, well for lack of a better adjective, mind blowing. Spend one day walking around the streets of Paris and you’ll know instantaneously why so many famous artists have called Paris home at one point in their lives.

It is that good.

We spent our last day walking around the area of Paris called Montmartre, which is where this photo was taken. In a way it was a good thing we went there on the last day. I had already fallen in love with Saint Germain & the Bastille District. If I had visited Montmartre first, there would’ve been a good chance that I would’ve missed out on other neighborhoods in Paris. Even the Louvre would’ve had to fight for my attention.

Montmartre is the highest hill in Paris and provides unrivaled views of the streets below. More so than that, it seems to capture the BEST light in Paris. I literally just stood and stared as the afternoon sun bounced around the streets of this area, my mouth agape. When I was planning this RTW trip, someone once asked me why I wanted to travel around the world. I replied “To see the way the afternoon light falls in other parts of the world.” Being a photographer I am addicted to watching light. The way sunlight falls and wraps itself, like a warm blanket, around everything in its path never gets old to me. Though, when I said that out loud, I imagined Venice and rural Africa in the back of my mind. I never imagined Paris. But still to this day, I have not seen light anywhere else in the world like the light in Paris.

Montmartre is a bohemian hamlet where many of Paris’ famous resident artists spent their days – if one place can attract anyone from Picasso to Van Gogh to Henri Matisse to Toulouse-Lautrec and Modigliani, you can only imagine that there is something really special about it. It must be the light.

I have many more photos from this part of Paris that I’m putting together for a larger photo post. From the little pink cafes, brilliantly hued doorways to skyline views – this part of Paris has a hold on me. When I move there one day, this will be the area I call home. If you go, be sure to hike up the Montmartre hill in the afternoon so you can see the late day sunlight casting its net over this seductive neighborhood.

I was walking around starstruck when I spotted this street. The young girl, just like me,  stopped and stared in awe of the shrinking daylight hues. The couple hanging out in the background was picture perfect. Moments before this photo was taken he was busy taking photos of his girlfriend – no doubt blown away and more in love than ever, as the light breezed through her strawberry blond locks.

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  • Erica - Reply

    February 18, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Fantastic job at capturing that light!

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  • Brooke vs. the World - Reply

    February 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    More please :) I’d have to say that Paris is one of the places in the world I’ve never really cared to see… but after reading this post, I might have to change my mind. Love it!

    • Bethany - Reply

      February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      I didn’t really want to go either. It was just thrown in at the last minute when it became a cheap stop between Iceland and Venice. Holy crap Brooke, it’s amazing. You’ll love it if you go. @Brooke vs. the World,

  • Eurotrip Tips - Reply

    February 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I love your article. Even though I’m not a fan of the capital, I have to say that Montmartre was actually a great surprise. I love how you mentioned the light, because it makes such a difference on your mood and the impression a city leaves you.

    • Bethany - Reply

      February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      I hear that from people – that they didn’t really like Paris, which just surprises me, it felt like such an amazing place to me – a lot of that was definitely the light! Montmartre is def. a great surprise! @Eurotrip Tips,

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  • marys - Reply

    February 19, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Beth love that picture should put it on other sites, can’t wait to see more

  • South America ME - Reply

    February 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Outside of the typical tourist attractions, Paris would have to be one of my favourite cities to roam around and just “absorb”.

    Rob W.

    • Bethany - Reply

      February 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Yes, Iknow what you mean and that is the perfect word – Absorb! You can feel it sink in to your entire being as you stroll around the streets. It’s amazing! @South America ME,

  • Magda - Reply

    February 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    What a stunning photos! I absolutely love the light. Thanks for sharing!

    • Bethany - Reply

      February 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you Magda!

      Although I did some editing on this one to bring out the real beauty of it, the light there is out of this world. @Magda,

  • mark thomas - Reply

    May 20, 2013 at 7:18 am

    great piece, brings back many happy memories on my time in Paris, thanks

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