Birds and People at Notre Dame Cathedral

Located on one of the islands in the Siene, the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most famous symbols that define Paris and a great place that draws all kinds of people.

This gothic cathedral full of beauty and rich history is a perfect spot for a lomographer to visit. With all the gargoyles, rose windows, and beautifully adorned portals to enter the church, there is just so many details to photograph. Once inside, the area is pretty dark so photographing is not ideal but admission is free into the church.

A couple of things I wanted to do was climb the towers of the church and visit the crypt beneath the building. There are fees associated with these and hours as well, so I recommend going in the morning to have time on your side. We were actually not able to make it ’til the afternoon and by 4:30pm they closed the entrance to the towers and the crypt so instead, we hung out at the park in front of the church.

Turns out, plenty of people both tourists and locals alike, love to just sit, people watch and enjoy the atmosphere. While taking a break, talking to my husband and photographing all the birds in the park, an old man approached us and asked if we were Americans. We said to him, “Sure, why do you ask?” And from there we started a wonderful conservation where he proceeded to tell us that he too is from the States. As a matter of fact, he pulls out his old military ID and tells us the story of how he was part of the troops who landed in Normandy during World War II. And since that day, he has not left France. He continues on to say that he lives in Paris with his wife and points over to the woman feeding the birds. They try to visit the cathedral everyday, to feed the birds and interact with all the folks. I walked over to her and held my hand out for some bird feed and as she placed some in my hand, she also sprinkled some on my head! In no time I was surrounded by birds, feeding from my hand and my head and all of this emotion captured with an Instax Mini !

To me, this area totally captured the essence of Paris!

Notre-Dame Website

written by vtayeh on 2011-06-20 in #world #locations #local #island #architecture #notre-dame #park #birds #gothic #people #church #cathedral #landmark #paris #cityguide #relax

More Interesting Articles

  • Follow Me Through the Electric Forest

    written by mindofmyra on 2015-07-04 in #world #news #events
    Follow Me Through the Electric Forest

    Electric Forest is a one of a kind music festival booming with great vibrations and beautiful people. It is a rare type of music festival found in the corners of Michigan that cultivates a holistic environment for all kinds of people to come share in a spiritual journey.

    1
  • The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    written by wil6ka on 2015-04-09 in #world #locations
    The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.

    9
  • Photo Stories: Kīlauea - Volcanic Eruption by russellmcbride

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-07 in #world #locations
    Photo Stories: Kīlauea - Volcanic Eruption by russellmcbride

    Venturing into an area when there's volcanic activity is a feat that can only be either courageous or foolish. One thing's for sure, though, it's the kind of experience that not many people share and—should one escape unscathed, like russellmcbride and his friend—a highly rewarding one at that.

    6
  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • The Instant Project

    written by suizidekid on 2015-06-23 in #world #lifestyle
    The Instant Project

    It was a cold and cloudy winter day in 2012 when I came up with the idea of compiling photographs of people's faces. I decided that the most personal way to do it is through instant shots. They are one of a kind and you immediately have something in your hands.

    17
  • Vintage Gallery: Stunts and Balancing Acts

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-07-14 in #world #lifestyle
    Vintage Gallery: Stunts and Balancing Acts

    In 1963, a couture-clad model in a bubble capsule floated through the streets of Paris. Melvin Sokolsky, the mastermind who dreamed it all, photographed her as strangers looked on. Stunts and gravity-defying acrobatics have this effect on people. The sense of danger or impossibility is the attraction; one cannot help but look.

  • A Salute to the Masters: Paestum (A Tribute to Serge Moulinier)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-05-23 in #world #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Paestum (A Tribute to Serge Moulinier)

    This article is dedicated to Serge Moulinier, a largely unknown French photographer who won one of the most important prizes in France with a book on Greek architecture. Strangely, little information can be found on the Internet about this great photographer whose work had also been published in an important essay written by the famous John Szarkowski, former Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    1
  • Shop News

    Start to Get Wide with Horizon Kompakt

    Start to Get Wide with Horizon Kompakt

    Prepare your overwhelming panoramic views and capture them with this ultra-wide panoramic 35mm gear. Start sharing your great memories with family and friends the analog way!

  • Il Giardino dei Tarrochi: A Lomographer’s Delight

    written by Sophia Schmitz on 2015-04-08 in #world #locations
    Il Giardino dei Tarrochi: A Lomographer’s Delight

    Of course, Italy makes a great destination for taking photos. But what if there was a place where you could find stunning motifs, impressive colors, and the ideal mixture of nature and arts all at once? What if I told you that there is a place like that: a garden full of art in the middle of nowhere?

    1
  • Photo Stories: Abandoned Yeast Manufactory by faaabii

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-08-26 in #world #locations
    Photo Stories: Abandoned Yeast Manufactory by faaabii

    There's something about abandoned places that capture the curiosity of urban explorers and photographers alike. Here, faaabii takes pictures around one such location in Germany.

  • A Salute to the Masters: Bare Soles in Como (A Tribute to Christopher Anderson)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-11-07 in #world #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Bare Soles in Como (A Tribute to Christopher Anderson)

    The young artist and Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson published on his agency's website an awesome photo series, one of the images in it a great symbol of freedom, joy of living outdoors, purity, innocence, candor, and girlhood: the bare sole of a female lifted up, taken at the Central Park in New York. Like many other great Magnum photographers, Anderson explored this interesting body part through photographs. For this tribute, I chose a series of bare feet images I took along the promenade of the lake Como. Take a look!

  • Shop News

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    The Lomography Experimental Lens Kit opens up a new, creative photographic domain!

    Satisfy your hunger for creative snap-shooting with this lens package made especially for Micro 4/3 digital cameras! Don't miss the 20% discount!

  • Analog By Nature

    written by Cameron Jean-laing on 2015-04-17 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Analog By Nature

    It's late October in Copenhagen and summer was well and truly behind us. With the nights drawing in, the chances of going out with one of my cameras was slim. All was not lost at this time of year, however, as it allowed me time to focus on my own personal music projects—I am a professional composer/musician and audio engineer at my own studio by day.

    1
  • Photo Stories: We Must Celebrate Water by disdis

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-03 in #world #locations
    Photo Stories: We Must Celebrate Water by disdis

    One of the things that make a trip to a far-flung place truly memorable is getting the chance to interact with the locals and share fun moments with them. Five years ago, disdis was able to do exactly that on a trip to Zinguinchor, Senegal, and it goes without saying that it was most certainly one for the books.

  • Self to the World: The Photography of Leanne Surfleet

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-11-17 in #people #lifestyle
    Self to the World: The Photography of Leanne Surfleet

    A self-portrait may take root in confidence, extreme shyness or alternate bouts of each. Leanne Surfleet goes through this kind of fluctuation when the camera is all eyes. The attraction—as far as we’re concerned—is the mix of uncertainty and a kind of quiet poise. And here and there, a flash of skin that is more a mystery than full-on revelation. Even Surfleet’s portraits of other people have the same hushed invite, as if to say questions are encouraged. There we took our cue.