I’ve been fortunate to travel throughout most of Europe and North America but without doubt my favourite city, by many miles, has to be Paris. The arts, culture, architecture, history, and gastronomy all fuse together to wrap you in a blanket of riches.

It’s little wonder that Paris is, reputedly, the most visited city in the world, with the Louvre being the its number one attraction: personally I find the Louvre exhausts my senses!


We went to Paris for a long weekend early November 2011. Well it’s such a doddle from the UK. In less than 2.5 hours, (on Eurostar ), from St. Pancras there you are outside the Gare du Nord….slap bang in Paris. Utterly brilliant!

We usually stay at the more-than adequately comfortable Terminus du Nord Hotel, which is right across the street from the Gare du Nord. And has a metro station 4m from the hotel’s entrance.

I think a “visual” business, such as Studio Lavalette, which is based in France should pay homage to its capital city, so here’s three photographs each of four of Paris’s landmarks: la Tour Eiffel; Notre Dame de Paris; l’Arc de Triomphe; and la Basilique du Sacré-Cœur.

The three skies in the three l’Arc de Triomphe photos have been transplanted from my stock of sky photos shot near Studio Lavalette - the weather that day rendered the skies a dull flat nothingness!

Dull skies do happen, so why not come on one of our photo holiday courses or workshops in France and I’ll show you how bring life back to a dead-sky photo.
I'll also show you how to take and make stunning black and white images.

Learn more about our Photo EXPO workshops by following this link.

BTW - an A0 print of the Eifel Tower is hanging on the staircase wall of Studio Lavalette.
La Tour Eiffel - 1La Tour Eiffel - 2La Tour Eiffel - 3Notre Dame de Paris - 1Notre Dame de Paris - 2Notre Dame de Paris - 3L'Arc de Triomphe - 1L'Arc de Triomphe - 2L'Arc de Triomphe - 3Basilique du Sacré-Cœur - 1Basilique du Sacré-Cœur - 2Basilique du Sacré-Cœur - 3