There are some photos that you know you will take long before you got to a city you are traveling to see. I was determined to get a nicely lit photo of one of the beautiful Paris Metro subway signs.
I was in Paris just a short time and I was beginning to think the best photo I'd ever get of one of the Paris Metropolitain signs would be in the Musee d'Orsay where there was an exhibit of the Art Nouveau style. It seemed everywhere I saw them in real life, they were in winter shadows or crowded or some other photographer type complaint.
At the tail end of my trip, near the famous Pere Lachaise, I finally managed to find a well lit Metro sign, and I couldn't have been happier. The neighborhood sees its share of tourists, so perhaps I didn't look too terribly strange, but I excitedly shot photos of this sign from many angles. And even if I did look odd, it was worth it!
The Art Nouveau style has always appealed to me. I love the organic lines of it, and Paris almost literally drips in this type of architecture. In fact, the Paris Metro was built when this style was the latest thing, and those in charge have made sure that even new Paris metro stops generally have this same style of signage at their entrances. It definitely is part of a trip to Paris, I think, something we travelers expect in our experience in the city of light.
October 5th, 2012
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