Les Bleus may have been booted out of the World Cup by Germany, but for me France is always a winner. The number of places to go around Paris, especially, can never be exhausted: the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Cœur, the Seine, the Arc de Triomphe, and this time, I fell in love with the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise.
But before I headed anywhere in Paris, tough decisions had to be made. That’s right: what camera do I take? What films do I pack? I took my trusty LC-Wide and an array of eclectic films for my (extremely rainy) visit. I used the LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 and the Lomography X Tungsten 64, which produced very satisfying results.
Staying in the 9th Arrondissement, close to the Pigalle Metro station, enabled me to stroll during a drizzly evening up to Montmartre and the Sacré Cœur – it’s impossible to tire of the cobbled streets and cafes in that area. Also on this trip I made a fresh visit to the famous Arc de Triomphe. The sights from the top of the Eiffel Tower are well-known, but make sure to climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for equally breathtaking views of Paris.
Coming overall experimental, I decided to try out the LC-Wide’s fabulous ability to capture panoramic shots. By shooting half frame without a mask inside and closing the lens halfway, I created panoramic montages of Parisian scenes on the Île de la Cité – a great way of capturing memorable and eye-catching moments from a trip.
However, one of my real objectives in visiting Paris was to take a trip to the famous Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, the final resting place of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and, my personal favorite, Marcel Proust. And what a fine place it was, too! Structured around winding paths, the tombs rise like tiny cottages, interspersed with towering epitaphs and simple slabs of marble. After some quiet moments with Marcel, I proceeded to hunt down other greats in the maze of stone works. If you visit, be sure to get a map so you can find the resting places easily – although getting lost here is a pleasure. This was truly a highlight of my trip.
Even though the weather was gloomier than a French football supporter after their defeat, I managed to satisfy my travel bug. I strongly recommend a visit to Paris and experience all it has to offer. You will almost certainly find me wandering its streets with a camera again next summer.