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The City of Light

One of the many names people use to describe Paris is the City of Light. According to the website Culture Trip, there are more than 296 illuminated sites in Paris, “if you count everything from hotels and churches, statues and fountains, national buildings and monuments, and out of 37 major bridges in Paris, an impressive 33 of them are illuminated to full glory each sunset.”

Lights along the Seine (ABB)

While many assume the name comes from recent illuminations, such as the Eiffel Tower, the name goes back to Louis XIV, the Sun King, and his attempts to make Paris a safer city through the addition of streetlights.

Whatever the origin, the city now comes to life every night. On our recent trip, we’ve taken to the streets a few nights to capture scenes of the City of Light.

Subway entrance near our Parisian apartment (DJB)
One of the city’s 33 illuminated bridges (ABB)

The first two evenings we were in Paris, the city was flooded with football (soccer) fans for the Championship League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. An Irish Pub at the end of our block became one of many unofficial headquarters for the fans of Liverpool, and we could hear them singing and cheering late into the evening.

Liverpool fans invade Rue Saint Andre-des-Arts (DJB)
Candice rests in our Parisian home as day turns to night (DJB)
An illuminated clock from the old train station that now holds the Museum d’Orsay (DJB)
Museum d’Orsay detail (CHB)
Street art along the Seine (CHB)
A tour boat full of revelers and sightseers along the Seine (CHB)

What’s a night life in Paris without the opera? Andrew chose Rossini’s The Barber of Seville for his adventure in the city, and we thoroughly enjoyed the delightful, slapstick of Count Almaviva, Rosina, Bertha, and Figaro.

Candice and Andrew at the Opéra National de Paris for Rossini’s Le Barbier de Seville (DJB)
Figaro’s curtain call (DJB)

The ultimate prize in any night tour of the City of Light is the illuminated Eiffel Tower. We walked along the river for some 45 minutes one evening, catching glimpses along the way until we turned the corner and caught the full view.

Eiffel Tower at night (ABB)

A magnificent memory.

More to come…


For additional posts in this series of photographs of Paris, click here for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Image of a Paris illumination by ABB.

This entry was posted in: Family, Heritage Travel


I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


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