Josh's Photo Blog

November 24, 2009

Paris Life

Filed under: travel, updates — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — joshuaps @ 12:22 am

Things are getting hectic out here as far as schoolwork/job searching/Christmas planning goes, which is why I’ve not been 100% current with my blogging. I’ve yet to begin editing from a trip I went on this weekend, but here are some shots from Paris to tide y’all over in the meantime.

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October 19, 2009

Things I learnt last week

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , , , , , , — joshuaps @ 8:11 pm

I took advantage of a rather sunny weekend in Paris to roam around, go to some conventions and do some exploring. Some things I found out:

1. There IS Chinese food in Paris, but it’s way too expensive. 14-20 E for a decent meal per person. They do get the Hong Kong-style ambience down, though.

2. Finding free passes to photo shows on the RER (train) rocks. I saw the very latest camera releases – let’s just say I have more than a few new Christmas wish list items now.

3. Corsets are hot, especially chocolate ones. Also, fashion shows are EVERYWHERE in Paris. Also, you CAN eat too much chocolate, medically proven!

4. Sacre-Coer is probably the touristy-est place in Paris. Even more so than the Eiffel Tower. I’ve been here 3 times in 8 days for no real reason aside from it being pretty.

5. The Moulin Rouge is just a red windmill. So overrated.

6. The Louvre closes late. And it’s pretty at night. Pyramids make anything look cool!

7. Antiques are cool. The shops at Montmarte have everything from 17th-century setpieces to antique watches and cameras in amazing condition, to French books and posters from the earlier part of the last century. I’m definitely coming back for some of this, despite how shady it can be at times.

8. So is graffiti.

9. Kids kicking you in the shin on the subway are less cool. Paris subways can get really packed, even on weekends when nobody is supposed to have work.

I also got the chance to sit down, look at what I’ve been shooting over the past 1.5 months and use some of it to update the site. Y’all can check it out at joshuasyphoto.com.

October 14, 2009

On the streets where I live

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , , , — joshuaps @ 10:52 pm

This is where I live – a sleepy little suburb about 45 minutes out of Paris by train.

Didn’t jet (drive) off to any locations last weekend – I decided to stay in Ile-de-France, the coolest destination in Europe instead.

Below, Vaux-le-Vicomte, the inspiration for the famous Chateau Versailles and a good 2-hour drive from Paris. The place exudes decadence.

I got lost a fair bit this weekend, too.

“8 Days of Gold” – a rare sale at Printemps, one of the most famous department stores in Paris…

…but the Gallerie Lafayette (above) is where I ended up spending my money. It helps that it’s prettier by a fair margin.

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