Paris in HDR

Paris view from the Westin
Evening view of the Eiffel Tower, Tuileries Garden and Place de la Concorde from the Westin Vendôme.

After two days of non-stop activities including an evening tour at the Orsay, a baguette class at La Cuisine Paris, a treasure hunt in the Louvre which was followed by another adventure with Kasia’s Mom at the Fragonard perfume museum and drinks at Verjus with Lindsey, Daisy and Kasia (plus her mom and hubby) our third day in Paris was devoted to just taking in Paris with no agenda.

We were traveling with one of my husband’s friends who had not been to Paris except for a very brief business trip, so we wanted to spend some time showing him the sights.  The weather was cloudy and cool which made for incredible for photos.  Mr. Misadventures decided to play around with HDR and I think the results are pretty amazing.

We took the Batobus which is a boat service on the Seine River with 7 stops. Unlike most of the bateaux mouches, you can hop on and hop off. Here is a shot from the boat of one of the many beautiful bridges.

Paris-Bridge from La Seine

Approaching Notre Dame…

Approaching Notre Dame

Later on land near the Louvre…

Paris near the Louvre

Wandering the streets

Paris-Neighborhood

Wandering in the Marais. This is the Hôtel de Sully is a hôtel particulier, or private mansion open to the public.

Paris Hotel Sully

After brief showers, we return to the Westin to dry off and were treated with this magnificent view.

Evening view of the Eiffel Tower, Tuileries Garden and Place de la Concorde from the Westin Vendôme.
View of the Eiffel Tower, Tuileries Garden and Place de la Concorde from the Westin Vendôme.

When I looked at my pedometer at the end of the day it showed we had walked for twelve miles!  It was a wonderful day with no plans that was simply filled with taking in Paris.

What about you? When you are traveling do you ever plan days with no plans at all?

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38 Comments

  1. Katie @ Domestiphobia.net
    September 30, 2013

    And that’s why people in Europe can afford to eat the way they do – they walk! 🙂 Gorgeous pictures, as usual!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2013

      @Katie, precisely!

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  2. Laura
    September 30, 2013

    Great pictures – the clouds make Paris look even more dramatic and grand, if that’s possible!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2013

      @Laura, thank you! It was perfect for photos, not so perfect the moments they opened up and dumped buckets of water on us! Oh well!

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  3. Colleen Brynn
    September 30, 2013

    Definitely. Love days like this with no plans. I find it can be hard to pull off with other people in tow, though… I’m happy to either go by myself or with other people who lead the way.
    These photos are wonderful. Mister Mister definitely did an excellent job! They’re so moody.
    Seeing a city from a boat is a great way to get an overview, I find… I did this in London with friends this past summer when we went to Greenwich. So fun!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2013

      @Colleen, we were definitely lucky that our guest had no “must do/must see” items, they just wanted to tag along and absorb, so it was perfect! I have not been on a boat in London, I definitely want to try that…although the French news has showed a few accidents lately!

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  4. Michelle Knight
    September 30, 2013

    Gorgeous photos! I’m impressed. They are very beautiful.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2013

      @Michelle, thanks!

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  5. kate
    September 30, 2013

    gorgeous photos Andi! love the clouds and colors. I also love days where all that is on the agenda is wandering – especially in Paris! 🙂 for now I continue to live vicariously through you! keep the beautiful pics & stories coming 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 30, 2013

      @Kate, hi! Thanks so much for your kind words. I love wandering around without a plan!

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  6. Eurotrip Tips
    September 30, 2013

    Beautiful photos Andi! I had no idea the Westin Vendôme had such fabulous views.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 1, 2013

      @Eurotrips, yes I have been in three different rooms there, GREAT views!

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  7. Jenna
    September 30, 2013

    I am usually not big on HDR photos because they look to unreal to me, but these are just wonderful. Subdued yet gorgeous.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 1, 2013

      @Jenna, I am not big on it either, but thought these turned out well.

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  8. These photos are absolutely stunning!!!!! I can never believe how much I walk when I’m in BA!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 1, 2013

      @AndiP, thanks, walking is the best part, because then you get to eat more!

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  9. Lindsey
    October 1, 2013

    These photos are stunning, Andi! THe Mark III, huh? I did just as much walking in San Sebastian – my favorite part of vacation!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 1, 2013

      @Lindsey, Mark II for the hubby, I’ve got the III, these are his shots. Love the walking!

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  10. jen
    October 12, 2013

    I just popped over to get a little time with Andi. I see on the sidebar you have a busy month of travel. I can’t believe you found the time to remember my birthday. I miss you, Andi!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 13, 2013

      @Jen, hi there! It was my pleasure to bring a little joy to your day!

      Reply
  11. Laura Lanza
    November 25, 2013

    I would love to go to Paris one day – my mom wanted to go so I would go in her honor.

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  12. Jennifer Speed
    November 25, 2013

    These are some gorgeous pictures..I can see why people lime going to France for vacation

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  13. ginette4
    November 26, 2013

    Awe Paris, I dream of going to Paris, sitting in a cafe and just soaking it all in, love the breath taking photos, so envious right now

    Reply
  14. Ivana Jankovic
    December 9, 2013

    Paris is my favorite city!!! You made better pic than me 😀

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  15. Susan Smith
    December 15, 2013

    So pretty I would love to go to Paris one day

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  16. Maricel
    March 7, 2014

    Paris is so beautiful. Its my dream to go there someday. Those photos are pretty.

    Reply
  17. Michelle Salais
    June 5, 2014

    Just stunning! The buildings are just amazing! One day I’ll make it there!

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  18. Mai Tran
    September 28, 2014

    I’d love to find myself one day in this city of romance also. Lovely photos!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 29, 2014

      @Mai, I hope you get there!

      Reply
  19. anna
    December 8, 2014

    these are great pictues

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  20. Mish L.
    December 11, 2014

    Beautiful view I love how it still keeps those old buildings. It’s just amazing how long it’s been there. I love France<3

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  21. Julia Rose
    January 24, 2015

    What beautiful pictures!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      January 24, 2015

      @Julia, thank you, my hubby will be very pleased! His own site with portfolio will be up soon, I am so excited for other to see his photos too!

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  22. Adelynn Lovellette
    February 12, 2015

    I’m so envious of you! Your pictures of Paris are spectacular!!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 16, 2015

      @Adelynn, thank you so much, my hubby took most of the photos and he has an amazing eye!

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  23. Milena Yordanova
    August 21, 2015

    Stunning photos! I love walking around Paris without any plans. In this way you can discover new off the beaten path places.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      August 22, 2015

      @Milena, totally agree!

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  24. MeltheCrafter
    October 7, 2015

    Beautiful photos, such a beautiful city!

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