Paris — anytime, anywhere

on the side of the Seine (c) 2019 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

I woke up early my first morning in Paris and went out for a walk just as dawn was breaking. It was a Sunday morning in August, and there was no traffic. Practically nobody else was awake. I felt that I had Paris to myself as I walked through the Jardin des Tuileries. Crossing the Seine on a small pedestrian bridge, the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, I ambled through some residential streets behind the Musée d'Orsay, eventually making my way back to the Seine.

Snapping pictures as I walked along, I saw the newly dawned sun illuminating the mansard roofs of classic Haussmannian buildings. I crossed the Pont Royal and marveled at the sunlight reflecting brightly off the glass roof of the Grand Palais to the west. Looking to the far bank of the Seine, I saw these four young people — two couples — sitting together by the river.  Turning left on the Voie Georges Pompidou, I walked above the spot where they were sitting and was lucky to capture this image through the trees.

The picture tells a story, though the viewer has to imagine what that story might be. Two young couples spending an evening together in Paris, sharing kisses as the sun comes up on a brand new day, this is Paris — anytime, anywhere — the most beautiful city in the world, a place for old and new lovers alike.

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