Paris : An Experience – Part VI

Did I really say it is over !?

No, I didn’t which means I have a reason to continue from where I left. I have been pretty much busy, sick and above all voiceless struggling human to get back full functionality of my throat. It sucks pretty much to know that I have not slept in past all these nights coughing to the worst and finding myself not able to relax. Well, these things in life come and go but this one very much has decided to not really leave me.

Anyways, so as we were saying about Paris & in rain it just has another dimension. The whole architecture gets a good wash, all the old dust and birds shit gets washed away – what better way to see a clean neat architecture. As I have been hovering in the vicinity of Notre Dame – this post pretty much goes around couple of hours spend around, in and away towards Cite station before making my stop in Paris Auto Show(that is for laters) but for now we go back to NOTRE DAME of PARIS.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame of PARIS

Nothing makes it more majestic than the dull days. Of course the reality is very dull but who wants to live in reality – we all have our own imaginations to paint, create and be who we are. Being colourful to be being romantic – talking of romance – Yeah – it is a city of love, for those who come to this city to only fall in love or just may be make love – it ends up really very colourful even in the rain.

Paris – City of love

But it has not only got anything to do with age, we can still be in love regardless we are 18 or going towards 80 – All it takes is a courage to hold hand – find someone you can enjoy the life with and share your endless crappy jokes(No, they do not have to be crappy all the times) but in the end you still feel the pleasure of enjoying life.

Paris – City in Love

It just simply shows in how we want to see life. Some people are always the way they are never willing to look beyond their visions and some people are slaves of their own lives. I do not belong to any of the ones I mentioned but rather I believe in seeing the unseen and exploring the unknown. Besides not all the people with camera want to do that – they are bound to the rules of third or even the rules which their minds never allow them to change. I just want to see this world in a way we all have not really seen.

A view of Notre Dame across the river.

For once the views don’t really do the justice. I have to have birds,  I have to see the freedom, I have to have emotions in a picture even though in cities the birds rarely exist – their flights don’t really go far but then again – It is how I said earlier – I want to see the life differently.

Birds of Paris

As I walk along the little path on near side to the wall – it all looks even more dull and gory. It is not really how one shall visit Paris, because it just keeps reminding me that I am getting wet and should have brought more water protected clothes unless of course you have plenty of latex to cover you in from the drizzling rain.

Notre Dame on the Seine River, Paris, France
Seine River of Paris

Walking under the bridge and then over the bridge, NOTRE DAME is calling me. It has been a while that I have been lurking around its corners from far and away but it needs to be seen. It needs to be stamped on my life book – I have been there or I have actually stood under it – in rain and I shot it before it was long lost in the busy modern life of virtual presence.

Standing under the Notre Dame, PARIS, France.

It does gives me thoughts of what this world would have been – let us assume 200years ago when the power of Church and life of poor farmer would collide to say – I have never seen anything as amazing, as huge and as powerful as NOTRE DAME of PARIS. On the serious thoughts I really respect the architecture this city has still survived with through the period of world wars. Notre Dame is not just to do with the religion but it is marvelously crafted piece of architecture which needs more than just one look at it. You need to stand under it for hours and ask yourself each one of those statues and their emotions put together to create this huge living wonder – it is just simply astounding to appreciate it. Sometimes we just want to see what we are shown and beyond it – we are blinded by faith, religion, books or even our own minds.

Western side of Notre Dame

It does spark me with the questions in my head, the authority of Church and its existence through all these human years – this has been one huge evolution which nothing else has survived. Anything else that has survived has to be these faces standing still on the great architecture. Each of these faces bears a different emotion, each one has different direction but a single faith. The wheel of life always moved in a circle. The bigger the faith was the bigger its believers – the huge its presence. For some to look up even in the rain seems challenge but this is what is the essence of traveling light. You get to see the faith under its own glory in its own style. For I must not soak all the water from standing outside and there has to be way inside of the Church too.

Interestingly noticed that there is a huge long queue to get inside and then alongside someone just walk inside without even getting noticed by the people in long 300mtrs queue – This is really to the disbelief but I got to try it myself now and I managed to just walk through the crowd without even getting noticed. For heaven sake – it is heavenly, or call me whatever you may want to. Not every one tells you the full story.


So the insides, there is welcome corner with you to buy your souvenirs of the Notre Dame, some tickets for additional tours and for others they can rush through the huge architecture on their own. I preferred to be on my own – the best way to explore, ask and to collect new stories. I have not been so amazed but for few seconds I didn’t realize that my lens had a plenty of mist on it – producing its on foggy light effect without any effect. The deeper you will see the more you will be pulled into it. Each pillar, each window, each block of dome has stories embedded into it from the times of past.

Inside view of Notre Dame, Paris

If you are very much unaffected by the size and the depth of what this place offers to the human vision – you must be quite unappreciative of the beauty in architecture. I am not just “wow” but fully amazed, enjoying this glazing colourful painted windows, the huge radius of the dome, the size of the doors, the pillars which are beyond imagination to consider this was constructed in 1345(fully) after almost the period of nearly 200 yrs – Now can you imagine at the time when there were no modern machines – the humans still managed to make something as marvellous, huge and beautiful – which stood ages of its destruction, alterations, vandalism and restorations. On the serious note this is not just for the purpose of religion but to me it matters to understand how humans shaped this planet in the name of god. God – the beauty that is integral in each of the living creature and not just if you believe in one god. God exists in you, around you and in your nature – Just that for me GOD has a different meaning.

Getting back to the essence of NOTRE DAME, isn’t this getting amazing. There is a reason for you to even leave your imprint of being here just in case if your children, grand children or even their grand children want to come here tracing you – only if you leave a note for them somewhere that you have been to NOTRE DAME in 2012 .

Beauty of Notre Dame, Paris

For once, this place has something about it which makes me really wonder. The story behind the architecture is one bit but the story even today in front of our own eyes is something nothing less than a masterpiece of human creation. We “The Humans” never deter to impress when it comes to be being god creations. Humanity only loses itself when they go battling out in wars, living out in ego, raging their anger and hurt for others. Over and out with this chapter of Notre Dame and I must proceed back to the rain outside.

For once, I must have been still standing in rain if I was being very queue person. The proof of getting wet is quite subtle, I just did not plan for a full wet weekend still I did plan for full use of my camera and its shutter.

Queue for Notre Dame

Good luck to you if you plan to visit Paris in rain, it generally is quite impressive if you get to see some sun. Out of my two trips, I never managed to see the sunny side of Paris and yet I have possibly enough shots to call it a Paris well shot. Ah, yes – Indeed – “Paris – Well Shot” Candidly hasselblad shot 🙂 Only if I had a umbrella like him and patience to wonder under my umbrella – I would have brought you 10 shots in total. Photography is always about being candid – for others must stick to the studio and to their magazines which they subscribe life long.

Hasselblad Moment in Paris

My views are not the one of a photography magazine but of one who goes out, does it and share without being worried of who is going to see it. Cry all my life if I never won a “Photographer of the year” award because that is what happens now – you get a camera, you take pictures and you scream all along the way I took 2000 pictures for once – I feel the count is merely a number and with someone who started at 13, you stand no chance to compare – so move on like me and keep shooting. Ha ha haa… “Photographic Slap”

We say the “Goodbye” to Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France.

Shades of Autumn in Paris

For I must now find a place to dry up myself, clear the water from the camera and carry on calmly to my next destination. For once this day is really amazing – it does not seems to be coming to an end. Even the whole city seems to have spring back to life even under the rainy skies.

Nature of Paris City

Like any other city, this city has its own charm – the charisma and its own flaws. City of Paris, some call it city of love and for me it is just another city. City like many others this one is one for those moments when you are thoughtful, rich and with time to enjoy the busy pace of non stop life.

For now, I have next destination to reach.

Lets take you there too …

Paris people, would certainly know where this is leading me to.

More on the next post. Till then I have got to plan, pack and ride to North of England just a little south of Scotland.

37 thoughts on “Paris : An Experience – Part VI

  1. mikejill November 22, 2012 / 10:16 pm

    Very profound Mani.. You are a spiritual being..
    Lovely pictures & words to go also..

    • freebirdmani November 22, 2012 / 10:30 pm

      Thank you so much Mike 🙂 we all humans are lil stars in this imaginative milky way galaxy :). 🙂

    • freebirdmani November 22, 2012 / 10:32 pm

      Thanks for the visit and your kind words 🙂

  2. Kara Peterson November 22, 2012 / 10:35 pm

    Very lovely and love the pix…. I was ready to bring you soup to Paris but you are heading back to England. 🙂

    • freebirdmani November 23, 2012 / 8:51 am

      Yeah… but you know Kara, the only time it takes between England and Paris is couple of hours. 🙂

      • freebirdmani November 23, 2012 / 7:15 pm

        so.. 🙂 you know I am going to come and join in for a soup still 🙂

  3. utesmile November 22, 2012 / 11:10 pm

    Another Paris part, fantastic one too. I love the insides from Notre dame, specially the one with the lights on each side. it looks great! Fantastic to go through Paris with you Mani! Ute x

    • freebirdmani November 23, 2012 / 8:53 am

      You are very welcome Ute, Will take you to Lake District very soon 🙂
      I am heading up as planned to the LD next week 🙂 Will try and share as much I could just that I am still slowed down by my other things.

  4. Pawan Hira November 23, 2012 / 2:23 am

    Your photos are incredible moments, and your joyous experience, speaks through your words. Lovely Paris through your lens. Ah! Blessings and love. 🙂

    • freebirdmani November 23, 2012 / 8:54 am

      Shukriya Pawan Ji, Dil Dil ki kahaani haii 🙂

      • Pawan Hira November 23, 2012 / 12:21 pm


  5. yuvrajjadeja November 23, 2012 / 9:21 am

    i fell in love with paris twice, once while watching a film “an evening in paris” & secondly while reading this article 🙂

    • freebirdmani November 23, 2012 / 9:22 am

      I guess, you may not fall in love for third time when you happen to be here now. I guess this will steal all the worth that is there to this place 🙂

      Thank you for visiting and leaving your footprints. 🙂

  6. Doy November 23, 2012 / 11:01 am

    Good post and séries, thanks 🙂

    • freebirdmani November 23, 2012 / 11:15 am

      Thanks Doy, for enjoying it 🙂


  7. Amy November 23, 2012 / 2:16 pm

    Beautiful photos. Enjoyed reading your thoughts. “…regarless you are 18 or going to 80…” is eloquently said. Thank you, FreeBirD!

    • freebirdmani November 23, 2012 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you Amy, glad to hear that you enjoyed reading it above anything else 🙂


  8. Insight November 23, 2012 / 2:45 pm

    Awesome post, Mani! Had a great journey through your words over this space. 🙂


    • freebirdmani November 23, 2012 / 3:46 pm

      Thanks Rahul, appreciate making it a great journey 🙂 for someone far away.


      • Insight November 23, 2012 / 3:50 pm

        Yeah yeah! Cheers to you too, buddy. 🙂


  9. iwouldratherbewriting November 25, 2012 / 8:21 am

    These pictures are stunning! its a pleasure to see them over and over again 🙂

    • freebirdmani November 26, 2012 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you, Andrea for your visit and kind words :). Much appreciated.

  10. expressionistaura December 7, 2012 / 6:52 am

    I have just 1 word for this – exquisite! These are awesome captures and that too of the most romantic city in the world. All have the right essence :). Absolutely loved them.

    • freebirdmani December 7, 2012 / 9:36 am

      Thank you, there is one more last round of pictures to come – hopefully tonight.

      Watch out for this space 🙂
      Thanks for visiting 🙂

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