Chapter 1: I love Paris in the Springtime
My first solo travel experience would start out in Paris. A city that has always had a special place in my heart, even before I ever went...
The Sacre Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris), is a Roman Catholic church that sits at the summit of Butte Montmartre, which is the highest point in the city. The inspiration for the design of the basilica is derived from the Franco-Prussian War time and dates back to 1875. The inside of this giant overlooking the city is as equally breathtaking as it is outside.
The Musee du Louvre. Some fun facts about this impressive, enormous, beautiful piece of history; nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited here and are spread out over an area of 652,300 SF. It is the world's most visited museum and was established as a museum in 1792.
Jardin des Tuileries
The Seine River
Pont Alexandre III Bridge
The Eiffel Tower was erected in 1889 and served as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair. It is the most-visited paid monument in the world.
The Wall for Peace. Inspired by the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. The word "peace" is written in 49 different languages.
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. The names of all French victories and generals are inscribed on it's inner and outer surfaces.
This was a magical night. Full moon over the Seine River on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Not only was the scenery unbeatable, I also had the pleasure of being a part of and documenting a symbolic act of freedom performed by two incredibly awesome German men...
Below is Roman and then David. I met these two because we were all staying in the same hostel room. During the process of getting to know each other, they explained their whole purpose behind being in Paris that weekend. They both had gotten married (not to each other) within a couple months of each other and then, as many marriages do, both unions failed right around the same time. For those of you who have not heard of the love lock bridge in Paris, it is place where many lovers have come and secured their lock with their names, initials, etc as a symbol of their eternal love for one another. What brought these two Germans to Paris that weekend was to reverse their love-locking and in that, they would be committing a symbolic act to set themselves free...in a matter of speaking. I absolutely loved this. It was the complete opposite story of what you typically hear about this bridge. They insisted that I come with them, to which I replied, "can I take pictures of you cutting the locks?" They said yes:) It was a night worth celebrating, and that's exactly what we did.