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Montmartroise Light & Paris Rooftops

10.12.2014
Paris Rooftops Paris Light
Paris Rooftops Paris Light
Paris Rooftops Paris Light
Paris Rooftops Paris Light

Undeniably, my favorite thing about Paris is her light. Soft gray, pearlescent pink, warm gold and every shade of gauzy pearly white. Light that punctuates all the other beautiful things one loves about the city - the food, the architecture, history and multitude of hidden quiet spaces...

The other morning I headed to Montmartre to run an errand near the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. After descending the bus at Pigalle and making my way up the hill, I turned and became mesmerized by the streaming sunlight luminous over the rambling rooftops of Paris. I started walking to follow it, to try and take it all in, turning only to have it sweep me from the shadows into another veil of golden light... one street after another, up and down the hills, turning onto hidden corners of dappled light and finally getting lost within the cobblestoned maze of Montmartre...

There are so many must-do's on a visitor's list, and I'd have to add (or reiterate) this one if I may - a morning in Montmartre as a light seeker. To me, this is the Paris that consumes your very core and stays with you forever and ever, pour toujours et à jamais...


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32 comments

  1. Oh, my, yes! That light is mesmerizing! That is the first thing that caught my breath, before the handsome Parisian architecture.

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  2. Gorgeous photos and surprisingly sunny as for Paris in autumn :)

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  3. Paris at its best! Bathed in sun and changing light. Marvelous pictures which want me pack my bag and camera and head off to Paris!

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  4. Oh Lord have mercy. Paris does have that beautiful pearlescent pink my friend. And you capture it sooo perfectly.

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  5. You are right, Paris has a very distinctive light all of her own and you captured it beautifully

    Mollyxxx

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  6. Paris is a dream and you made me want it more! Gorgeous shots! Who knew rooftops could be so enticing!

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  7. I never fell in love with Paris, but your photos always tell me that I'll have to give it another try ... wonderful light, wonderful pictures.

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  8. No wonder France is the most visited place in the world by tourist... Lovely pictures.

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  9. Lovely light on a Paris morning! The rooftops intrigued me, too. I especially love the shot with the chimneys looking like they are piled on top of each other. I would go back to Paris in a minute! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!

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  10. I love Paris (which is saying something for some-one whose heart lays firmly in the countryside) and your shots sum it up so well for me. Merci for sharing #WordlessWednesday

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  11. I really can´t tell you how much I enjoy your photos! Today I traveled to Montmatre with you! pour toujours et à jamais! now I even want a pan du chocolat!

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  12. I feel I must go visit to ensure it looks as lovely as it is shown here. ;)

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  13. So beautiful! I know I would love it there. I adore your square crops on these.

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  14. Thank you all so much for your very kind comments :)

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  15. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. the light is spectacular -- gives a magical quality to all those lovely rooftops!

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  16. I love the architecture and the light!

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  17. Gorgeous captures of the divine Paris light!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  18. Oh, if I could go back in time...and bring digital photography and my current understanding of how important it is to take time like this....to "follow the light".... I'd go back to those Paris days! I know my day to return "as a tourist" ... with nothing by time to wander... will come! In the meantime, you're my gift. Your photos speak to my heart!

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    1. Oh Adrienne, that's such a high compliment, and I'm so grateful... thank you! Honestly, I would love to spend time wandering around Paris with you - to photograph but mostly to listen earnestly to all your stories from the many years you spent here (and learn learn learn). Perhaps your time as a tourist will overlap with my time as a resident, hopefully :) Thank you again. xo

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  19. I love looking up and directing my camera in that direction - great collection of shots.

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  20. So lovely! Your images are making me want to watch Sabrina again :)

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  21. Hi Catherine,
    I'm Maureen. I blog about life and my cat, Josephine, at http://josephinaballerina.wordpress.com. I found your blog by reading your comment on Adrienne's blog. Now that the introduction is out of the way...

    The photos you posted today are astounding for, as you say, the quality of the light. It seems like a very white, clear light the bounces off the light colored buildings. I can always tell when the season is changing by the quality of the light. You capture it so well. Thank you for your work.
    Smiling at you from Maryland, Maureen

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  22. The one thing I love the most about your photos is your ability to capture that Paris light. Always so beautiful and delicate. Beautiful photos as always. :)

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  23. You've outdone yourself, Catherine! These compositions - the 3 dimensional and cubist qualities, plus that liquid light - so fantastic. Glad you wandered!

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    1. I always appreciate your comments Barb, thank you so... xo

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  24. i'm trying to get away from your blog, but you keep luring me in just like you are following the light. what a beautiful post and i love not only your photographs but your way of writing. oh you could write a book and you should! i sure can understand what you are saying about the light, how magical it must be and to follow it must be like being in a fairy tale :)

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    1. My goodness, you're too kind Sandy... thank you, thank you! xx

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