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Paris, scarred yet beautiful.

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This world seems to have a cruel need to scar what is beautiful. In this trying time, do not forget what Paris is. We are by you, Paris.

This photo was captured from the Eiffel Tower. You can go there in the afternoon, and as evening approaches, buy a glass of champagne or coffee and watch the city being doused in gold.

The tower all lit up. It looks incredibly majestic, like a sword of fire, when it is lit up in the evening. A sight that awes, it really captures the spirit of Paris. The lights being turned off in the wake of attacks was an extremely big statement when you think about it.

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Many a time, the city will have you believe it was made never to let you go. The asymmetry and white glow will capture your very soul. Huge trees planted at each side of the road add to the aesthetic appeal of the city. The sidewalks are wide and provide ample space to stare all around you while you walk!

Another picture is captured from the Eiffel tower. Many tourists and others have put up tiny locks on those metal wires to signify love. So much more efficient than inscribing “Rahul+Puja” in a heart on ancient monuments, right? It adds a very human touch to the giant structure.

The idea that love blossoms or intensifies here are just heartwarming and are much-needed after yesterday’s tragedy. Paris is the city of love, and fanatics aim to destroy that very love.

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It looks like a painting. Only a section gleams in gold, slowly spreading to the rest of the white buildings. When you watch it all happen in person, it is surreal as if the sky itself was gifted with a paintbrush.

I was shocked (very pleasantly) when I walked into the balcony of our hotel room, and the first thing I saw was the Eiffel Tower. Having read about it and seen photos of it from 3rd grade General Knowledge classes, this was huge! I had to wait an entire day before I could actually visit the tower, but I made it a point to sit on the balcony and stare at it for a while.

The inside of the Louvre, home of Mona Lisa. Expertly designed, touring the entire museum would take around 4 or 5 days. When you reach the sculptures and paintings, do put your camera away and study all of them carefully. There is even a wing dedicated to ancient artifacts if History draws you.

A random lane we came across while hunting for food places. It was majestic and had an old feel to it, a unique vibe.

The last shot from the Eiffel tower.


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