Forty Hours in Paris

Dear Paris, thank you for being absolutely wonderful this time around. It was very, very much appreciated and I can’t wait to see you again soon. 

I’m not saying this to sound arrogant, but on the plane ride home from Paris I realized that it was my fifth time visiting the city. I’ve been there five times and that just blows my mind. People wait their entire lives to catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and I’ve climbed it twice. It’s actually kinda cool to look at my pictures over the years and see how eerily similar some are, and to see how they’ve drastically changed the more I learn about photography.

I took the photos below strictly in manual mode. This was my first time not using “auto” as a crutch; it was very daunting, but I think I’m happy with the outcome, especially the night shots without a tripod. I took a couple hundred pictures, but I wish I took more. The thing with taking them in manual means I spend about a bajillion minutes longer trying to get the settings right. It’s funny how you think about the pictures or angles you wish you took after the fact.

Enough of my blabbering…here are pictures from Paris. I still need to go through the Eiffel Tower photos, so those will be have their own separate post later.

This street was right around the corner from our hotel. Lots of shops and bakeries!

Our room at Hotel de l’avre. Loved it!

Paris at night…

group was singing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody a capella, but they had to
keep looking at the paper to get the English words right. I loved how
much fun they were having!

Notre Dame

Paris by day…

I had to take a back and front shot. It’s pretty much mandatory when you’re a tourist. Also, the statue on the right is what my husband looks like every time I stop to take a picture.
 Zee Louvre…

Paris in the fall time…

Check out the rest of the trip here!


  1. ahhh I love Paris! Your pictures make me want to go dig out my scrapbook! It feels like just yesterday when I was there, but really it's been 6 years?!? I don't know how that is possible!
    I love your pics by the way! I just finally turned my DSLR off 'auto' as well and am working in total 'manual' mode! Eeek kinda scary! Sometimes it feels too daunting and I just grab my point and shoot camera instead lol

  2. Your pictures are amazing! I'm looking forward to the day I get to go back and spend more time in Paris and your amazing shots just make me want to go right now!

  3. While I have no clue how many times I've been to Paris (when you live an hour outside the city you begin to lose track) I know that I've never taken photos half as beautiful as these! Your images take me back to the beauty of the city – the many reasons I fall in love with it over and over again. I'm so glad that you had a wonderful time this time around and thank you for sharing your photos.

  4. Ahh, Jess – what can I say. If we can't be there with you, at least we get to share your beautiful pictures. Thank you, thank you!
    Love ya……

  5. Beautiful photos!! I spent a weekend in Paris 8 years ago… I still remember most of it, but I want to go back, this time with my husband.

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