Recently Conde Nast Traveler published a post featuring images from places high up. So I thought why not have a similar post even on this blog.
Starting with an image of Paris from the top of Eiffel Tower. With the Sacre Coeur in view.
Next we look down upon Florence, the city after which Florence Nightingale was named. The view is secured after climbing over 400 treacherous steps through narrow pathways and dark haunting alleys all built within the Florence Duomo.
Images & Research : Marcus Sam
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Yep, since no one has claimed this title yet, I shall proclaim myself the King of Jaywalking..
As the fact of the matter is, I like to take pictures while crossing roads, jaywalking or not.It often provides you with angles that are unique and unexplored.The word crossing might as well be replaced sometimes by the words ‘running across’ instead, haha…Oh yes its illegal in most 1st world countries,till u are caught of course , by either the police or by the Grim Reaper. But since I am from India,its a no biggie.. stuff happens in India willy-nilly which if happens in any other country, the whole country would shut down…
Do u like to take images while crossing the street? I had this awesome comment from a friend by the name Sue Summons in my Facebook page :: ‘Not ready for that yet. Want to live a bit longer lol’..
So here are some images I have taken around the world that are from the middle of the road..
JAYFLYING OVER MUMBAI
Pardon my ignorance from the lack of proper or any knowledge of the french language, that i am using the word ‘le’ every now and then in order to sound french, the way we add ‘ish’ to sound english and ‘vodka’ to sound Russian…
Ahem, yes so the Pont Neuf approximately translates to New Bridge in french, but is ironically the oldest standing bridge across le river Seine , dans Paris …
As early as 1550, uncle Henry II was asked to build a bridge here because the existing Pont Notre-Dame was overloaded, but the expense was too much at the time, a few chicken wings and a few tons of gold, thats it (remember Marie Antoinette advising frenchmen to eat cake almost 200yrs later,yup, the bankruptcy followed, with wars and stuff u dont need…)
…So it took 30yrs to sort out the problems which included Wars of Religion , getting funds from ‘conquered lands’ in the far east & down south and the like…Finally it got completed in 1607…*le Champagne Bottles Open*…French people used to raise a toast, way before it was cool…
When looking at the bridge its almost impossible to overlook the countless faces inscribed on the stone…Some say (please dont tell me that The Stig ‘owns’ the ‘Some Say’) that these faces represent the traders from the era,the famous and the infamous ones..Others say they represent human expressions while a few still claim that they are the faces of the various Gods who take care of the human race…What ever might be the truth, or the case, historians can never really guess whats in the mind of the real sculptor…Like if u have read uncle Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, you’ll get a shadowy idea of what it was like to stand on the bridge (Rialto) and curse down or spit on a passing boatsman, long before acting ‘extreme’ was ‘cool’ or ‘gangsta’ …. Centuries later we are still not sure who was the Merchant of Venice actually, was it Antonio or was it Shylock or was it Portia, pun intended leave alone Bassanio or Gratiano or anyone else… Scholars speculate, but can u really know what Shakespeare actually had in his mind? Similarly comes the Pont Neuf faces..If u’r Schizophenic, some of those faces even talk to you….
At one point of the bridge u see a bearded gentleman sitting on a horse with its left leg raised, looking at u…U must almost immediately imagine that its not your vodka , ahem sorry again, but its really a bronze equestrian statue of king Henry IV ..It was destroyed during the French Revolution, but rebuilt in 1818..its history after all, who destroys old history while making a new one…
But in the 21st century and even later, you can spend hours just waiting there, sitting on the banks..It works greatly if u have someone with you, after all its Paris, but even when u’r alone u can just sit there, looking, dreaming, watching boats go by, sea gulls fly , without fearing anyone spitting from the top, like the 15th century sky…
Research/Writing/Images : Marcus Sam
The Arc de Triomphe (in English: “Triumphal Arch“) honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.onstruction stated in 1806 and completed in 1836..
The iconic Landmark has seen
1) The Return of Napoleon‘s ashes to Paris in 1840
4) Charles Godefroy‘s flight through the Arc de Triomphe Paris
7) Bastille Day Military Parade of 1985
Charge He Said
The Eiffel Tower just doesnt seem to end…100s of class pictures…and still its just the Eiffel Tower again & again….Nothing speaks of impressionistic romance ,more than Paris and nothing speaks Paris more than the Eiffel Tower…
Old Paris : Quai Des Grands Augustins , just in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral
View 1 (at around 7am morning)
View 2 : (at around 7pm evening) .Exactly the opposite of pic 1..ie the place visible at the horizon, view 2 is from the horizon towards the Cathedral..
Notre Dame de Paris : Groundbreaking started in 1163AD & completed in 1345AD, it is the church that contains the cathedra (official chair) of the Archbishop of Paris . Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.It suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution in the 1790s, when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. Almost the 2nd most important place to visit in Paris, after the Eiffel Tower
View 2 (Featured on Paris.fr (official page))
View 3 (Featured in ‘Paris Tourisme’)
View 4 (Featured on Paris.fr blog)
Paris from Eiffel Tower Level 2…Around 7.00pm…. Paris just never seems to end..For a first timer it all seems the same from the top because of the yellow buildings and the absence of demarcating sky scrapers, but when u keep viewing, u slowly notice differences…Everywhere, in everything, thats the beauty of it..Paris just never seems to end…The city of love, the city of art..
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I always wanted to take a picture of the Eiffel from a higher angle so that the reflection falls on the wet floor in front, specially at around 6.30 am when the sky is beautiful also the crowd is absent, but i didnt get permission from the buildings in front to access their roof on a short notice at that time of the morning (unless i barged into some private apartment – ‘Hola signior..! Como estas? ! Can i use your bathroom ?’ =p )…
So i had to get a Hop on Hop off bus to get a higher angle picture..Not what i expected, but it accidentally turned out quite well..=)