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Versailles Revisited

World-reknown globe-trotting photographer, Todd Selby, had a unique photoshoot of the current modern art exhibit at Versailles, Paris (thanks to The Anthology for the heads up). The show by Xavier Veilhan is very avant-garde and surreal. I was fortunate enough to have caught a glimpse of the art work when I was touring around the immense grand palace.

The whole exhibit was intelligent, thoughtful, and beautiful but it somewhat marred my experience being at this historical landmark. The art and sculptures felt very super imposed and took away the magic of the already beautiful setting. I wanted to feel like I’ve stepped back in time and imagine the lives of famous figures like Marie Antoinette. I wasn’t in the mood to do an analysis of the juxtaposition of the far future with the far past.

But I know I shouldn’t complain too much…how many people can say they strolled through the same corridors of King Louis the XIV? And I think it’s pretty cool that I took the same type of pictures as Mr. Selby.

His

Mine’s

More Versailles images:

Eurotrip 09: My French Food Fling

Paris was the first city on our whirlwind trip. And from what I saw, the ‘City of Love’ deserves its reputation. It was lovely to see couples being openly affectionate with each other: a caress of the hand, a kiss on the fingers, a peck on the lips. It just seems like in this vibrant city, the love between two people reverberates even more so.

So in this city, I indulged in one of my ‘amours’…sweets and pastries.
French Pastries

Almost every morning, we would venture out, find an artisan patisserie, and randomly choose a pastry for breakfast. The selection, smells and the colours from these patisseries were amazing.

Of course, we had to indulge all, if not most, of the well known foods of France like cheese, foie gras, escargots, bread, and wines. And it seems like the French don’t mind indulging in the occasional ‘North American’ fare too.

French burgers

I was very tempted to order the ‘Royale with Cheese’

Eurotrip 09: A Different Look

It’s always hard to capture the awe of a place. I did the usual touristy bit and happily snapped away at things that were synonymous to the city ie Eiffel Tower, Colosseum, etc. Maybe it shouldn’t have surprised me, but there were also unique images and moments that gave a new perspective to the destination.

My amateur abstract/street photographer side enjoyed seeking out these interesting angles. There were times I wished I did bring my DSLR to take better pictures…. but then my chronic aching shoulder reminded me it was a good idea not to.

With my point-and-shoot in hand, I tried to take advantage of all the preset and manual features and put my rusty photography skills to use.

Like to think they turned out pretty well.

Pondering about Paris:

Storyland outside of Venice:

Face of Florence:

Take Flight in Rome: