April in Paris – A Photo Journey

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris – A Photo Journey – There’s just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Join the Café as we walk the walks and see the sights of this unforgettable city!

Hi Café visitors, this is Scott. Chris asked me to share some of photos I shot while we were in Paris for a week this April. The easy part for a photographer is shooting the incredible sights we have the opportunity of seeing every day. The hard part is choosing just a few from that gigantic file of photos!

When we began our London/Paris spring trip, I had about 800 photos on a huge 64 gig SD memory card. On our fifth day in Paris, as we were just entering St. Chapelle (an amazing medieval cathedral in the heart of Paris), I got the “card full” indicator in my Canon viewfinder. I shoot in what photographers call “raw” file format. Simply translated, that means each photo is the highest quality my camera can produce. It also means that each photo uses up a lot of memory space.

Guess how many pictures I’d taken since we left the U.S.? Try 1,600! The crazy thing is, that 1,000 of these were in Paris alone during the first 5 days! Add another 400 or so, and you now know what this photographer been doing since we returned from Paris; reviewing photos!

But all that said; it’s worth it, Chris and I would love to give you a sense that you were (virtually) with us! We kept that in mind each day in Paris when we headed out for a new Café adventure!

Enough talk! Let’s let the pictures tell the story!

Places

Of course, when you think of Paris, probably the strongest connection in most people’s minds is its’ internationally famous, instantly recognizable historic sights.

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Wait a second! I thought this section was about Places? Yes it is,so just take a wild guess what’s behind the girls taking a selfie.

 

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Yup, you got it!

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Although the Eiffel Tower is definitely the quintessential Parisian tourist attraction, when you see it face to face, it’s quite a magnificent sight to behold. No matter what angle you shoot from, the Eiffel Tower is a stunner.

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Of course we had to have a picture taken here! So glad we did, now that we’re back home, it proves that the trip wasn’t just a dream!

 

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The Louvre Museum

 

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The French have a way of taking normal, functional buildings and turning them into artistic architectural masterpieces!

 

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April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Sainte Chapelle Cathedral – A beautiful Gothic cathedral located on an island in the middle of the River Seine. It’s renowned for it’s gorgeous, 13th century stained glass. The light coming in from every angle, through the ancient windows, takes your breath away. Stunning!

 

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April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
The Orsay Museum

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Like the Thames in London, the Seine River cuts right through the heart of Paris.

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
The Grand Palais

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
When in Paris, no cook should miss E. Dehillerin, it’s the most famous culinary supply store in all of France!

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
The Paris Metro system – we travelled all over the city on it.

 

People

In so many ways, Parisians are just like any other group of citizens of a large metropolis. But there’s just something quite special about them that sets them apart.

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We enjoyed an evening French-style serenade on the Metro subway train.

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Hey! Are these two posing as Parisians? Yes they are – and loving every breezy minute of it!

 

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Parks

Since our daughter moved to London 5 years ago, Chris and I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel abroad several times a year (we can’t stay away from those grandbabies for very long). We have enjoyed observing how Europeans truly love and utilize their parks. In a city of 2.2 million, people get pretty packed in, yet with wide boulevards and parks, large and small everywhere you turn, it doesn’t really seem that large.

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Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens)

 

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The view from Luxembourg Gardens. See the Eiffel Tower on the horizon?

 

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Even a regular old boulevard in Paris looks like a park!

 

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April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
The parks provide a connection to nature that Parisians totally embrace – even in a city of 2.2 million!

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

Markets

Chris and I love visiting open-air markets. This is where Paris excels. A couple blocks from our center-of-the-city apartment, we could go three days a week and find everything from produce, to seafood, meats to spices, scarves to jewelry and pastries to baguettes; not to mention the people watching!

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

 April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Paris has over 70 flea markets! No fleas, just bargains galore!

 

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Shopping in Paris

Parisians take their shopping seriously. And so do the millions of tourists (like us!) who come each year for the myriad of stores of every shape, size, price and interest.

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April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Since we’re always looking for interesting props for The Cafe, we lost our brains in the Sabre store. Chris had a little birthday money to spend and an absolutely charming French saleswoman wove a spell on us with her table decor suggestions. When we departed, the birthday money was long gone and much more. We went across the street to recover at ….

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
… a gelato store. Yes, that’s a Parisian gelato store, not Cartier!

 

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We loved just strolling down one Paris street after another and window shopping…

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Store security personnel at Kyrie Eleison!

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Chris and I are known for being able to sniff out a pastry shop, bakery or patisserie a mile away!

 

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April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

Paris – From Any Angle

For a travel/food photographer, there are unique photo ops by the gallons! My only restriction? Time!

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April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
In Paris, something as simple as a door or door handle is turned into a work of art.

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Does it look like a farm scene from a hot air balloon? Think again!

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
How about the side of a building – only in Paris!

 

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

And now it’s time to say goodbye to this unbelievable City of Light. We love you Paris! You’re forever in our hearts!

April in Paris - A Photo Journey - There's just something special about Paris. The warm sun, the colorful flowers everywhere, and much more. Come join the Café! www.thecafesucrefarine.com
We’re usually early risers and fairly early to bed folks. But the last night of our stay, we requested an Uber car to take us to the Eiffel tower. There’s a beautiful light show every hour at the tower and we happened to arrive just as one of these magical performances was commencing. It was the perfect way to end our delightful visit to the City of Lights.

Au revoir!

P.S. When we were planning the trip to Paris, we decided to rent a flat in Paris for our week long stay. We were a little nervous as this was not something we’d done before. It turned out to be an amazing experience. The apartment was charming and well equipped. It was ideally located, right in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Renting was economical compared to staying at a hotel and gave us a more authentic view of life in Paris. You can read all about our little Paris apartment here and here.



53 thoughts on “April in Paris – A Photo Journey”

  • The photos are beautiful! What my fiancé and I are going in April what part of the month were you there? What camera did you use? We have the small point and shoot digitals and a a big Canon as well. Trying to decide what we want to use, and if it is worth lugging around the large camera. Especially if the weather is wet.

    • Thanks Ted! So glad you enjoyed the photos. Scott shoots with what he calls his “big boy” camera. It’s a full frame Canon 6D. For the professional shooting we do, it gives us the quality and control that’s essential for our food shots and culinary travel posts. Point and shoot cameras are good, but limited, since a lot of them don’t allow you to manually control depth of field, shutter speed and ISO. But the advantage to point and shoots is that you can slip one one your pocket and not worry about it – so it’s a little bit of a toss up. Any time we travel, Scott carries a daypack to put the camera, coats, sunglasses, store purchases, and umbrellas in. It’s come in very handy in multiple trips throughout the UK and France this past six years.

  • Thank you for taking us to Paris! Chris’ recipes helped me taste Paris and Scott’s photos made me feel like I was there. Both have me dreaming about our next, yet-unplanned, trip across the pond). 🙂

  • Truly beautiful pictures! I’m going to be looking for that building with the plants embedded on the side when we go in a couple of months! (Do you remember where that was?)

  • WOW! 1st of all….Thank You for sharing your pictures, since I’ve never been to Paris, I got a good feel for it. Paris is on my “bucket-list” and since I am a thriving cancer survivor, I am currently starting to plan my Paris trip, thanks to you two for sharing your awesome, fantastic photos and blog. Your kids are so lucky to have you two for parents!! (By the way, I’m up for adoption 🙂

  • My husband was just recently talking about our visiting Paris, as he’s never been. I went 10 years ago when I accompanied a group of high school girls on a tour of London, Paris and Rome. Your pictures are amazing and I think it’s time for us to put Paris on the bucket list. I appreciate the info on the flat, as that initially sounds scary, but based on your experience, it sounds delightful.

  • Thank you thank you for sharing these pictures!! What a lovely trip you had. My husband and I are planning to go to Paris in the next couple of years and this just makes me want to get there even sooner!! Magnifique!

  • I loved these photos. It seems like a lifetime has passed since I was in Paris last. I’d love to visit and stay 3 months and take my time exploring everything.

    • To Chris and I, Maureen, it’s the unnoticed, out-of-the-way things that are so fascinating and fun to discover and document. You really could spend months uncovering Paris, or France, for that matter.

    • Thanks for your sweet, sweet comments Anastasia! We never got to try one of those piggies! If we had sampled everything we saw on this trip, they would have had to put us on our own separate plane back to the States because of “excess baggage”! LOL

  • Wonderful photos! I sooooo want to go now!! (Not that I didn’t want to before ;-)). Thanks for sharing your special trip!

  • Your photos are stunning. I was in Paris with my 14 y/o Granddaughter just this past March for 4 days. We couldn’t get enough of the Louvre Museum or shopping on Ave Champs de Elysee or the magnificient French Cuisine.. It was wonderful (even if it did rain the entire time) and we WILL go back. Next time, though, it will be in April..Thank you for sharing some of those 880 photos with us.

  • Hi Scott! It is so nice to finally have you talk to us, and show us your wonderful photos, which I have admired for so long. And now your best ever!! Among my favorites are the cathedral with the walls made of stained glass, the people of France, especially the little girl watching the small boats. The markets, the side of the building, the marzipan pigs, the Eiffel tower at night, the baguettes. I just love ALL of them! Are you a professional photographer for your job? Is it a hobby? You are so talented!

    • Thanks Ginny! Nice to meet you too. I started out in photography and videography as a teacher in the ’80s before the digital revolution made everything much simpler and more powerful. Now as a retired educator, I have the opportunity to go back to photography again, which I just love. We’re paid for our work, so I guess that makes us professionals! I’m just always learning (a dedicated lifelong learner!).

  • Wonderful pics and such an exciting experience. We are working on our bucket list and recently returned from Italy, makes me want to make this our next big trip.

  • Thanks for sharing your images and taking me back to Paris! I can relate to the amazing amount of photo’s you can collect when there is something interesting everywhere you turn. I was there last May and hoping to return this September and can’t wait. I enjoyed my visit right along with you.

  • STUNNING!!! The subject and the work of the photographer! Oh merci, merci for a wonderful visual trip!!

    • Hi Chris…so sorry we didnt get the chance to meet up in Paris…. We were fairly tied to a schedule and anyway you look like you were so busy yourselves. What marvellous pictures you took us right back there. I love all the recipes coming out of your trip and have tried the fabulous pastry crust one Deelishus !!!! I am now back in Washington for a few months which is lovely but London is my home . imthink from your photos of London trip your dUghter may live fairly close to,us . We are in Putney SW. Anyway I look forward to next blog. imhope,yiu dint mind I shared yiur photos on my Facebook link but obviously accredited Them to Scott and gave The Cafe Sucre Farine a little memtion somyou just maynget a few more followers as a lot of my friends are just as enthusiastic about food, baking and eating as my self .. God bless x

  • Thank you so much for sharing Paris. At 84 it is a delight to share your dream. Now, I’ve got to get cooking that raspberry thingy Chris posted. Thanks again. Ja

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