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Sacré-Cœur Basilica Review & Tips

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  7 Comments

Sacré-Cœur Basilica or “Sacred Heart” is a Roman Catholic church perched atop Montmartre that offers sweeping views of Paris. While Sacré-Cœur is downright modern as compared to Notre Dame de Paris, this is exactly what we had in mind when recommending an alternate destination for a more ‘spiritual’ experience in our post about Notre Dame being […]

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Paris, France Photo Spots & Tips

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  13 Comments

Paris, France is the “City of Lights,” but it might as well be the city of classic beauty. Photographing Paris is a delight for photographers, as the city has so much variety and incredible architecture, among other things, that it’s almost difficult to capture a bad photo. If you’re considering a trip to Paris, this […]

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Moulin Rouge Info & Tips

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

The Moulin Rouge, with its red windmill pop culture prominence, is probably one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. On our first trip to France, we visited this iconic show. By “visited” I mean that quite literally, as we went to the location but didn’t go to an actual show. In the process, we […]

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Christmas in Paris

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  6 Comments

Christmas is beautiful in Paris. Everything you can imagine: romantic, lavishly decorated, and a bit on the cold side. On our first visit to France, Christmas celebrating was in full swing when we were in Paris in mid-November (since there’s no Thanksgiving, I don’t think anyone gets miffed by Christmas starting in November), and it […]

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Eiffel Tower Photos

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  2 Comments

The Eiffel Tower, or “Tour Eiffel” as it’s known in French, celebrates its 125th birthday (or is it anniversary…it doesn’t seem like inanimate objects are “born”) today. Either way, happy 125 years of existence, Eiffel Tower! The Eiffel Tower opened in 1889, and immediately became the iconic symbol of Paris, and a tourist destination for […]

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Arc de Triomphe Streaming Traffic at Night

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  4 Comments

I’ve already shared how, on our first night in Paris, I foolishly stood in the middle of the road while photographing the Eiffel Tower. I apparently hadn’t learned my lesson a few nights later, because I did the exact same thing while standing on the Champs-Élysées, photographing the Arc de Triomphe.

At first it seemed fairly safe, as there was about 4 feet between the lanes, marked with white lines on the ground. Unfortunately, this area seemed to be the de facto “moped lane” and within a few seconds of setting up my tripod, I was again jumping out of the way as a moped zoomed towards me. (Here’s the long exposure taken while I jumped out of the way!) After that, I decided not to spend too much time trying for this photo…

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Full Moon Over Musée du Louvre

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  12 Comments

The Louvre Museum in Paris has a reputation as housing the world’s greatest collection of art in a building so sprawling that one could spend months exploring the art and still not see everything. Due to this reputation, we resolved defeat from the outset and didn’t even bother going inside. While much on display in […]

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The Molly Brown at Disneyland Paris

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  15 Comments

The Molly Brown river boat at Disneyland Paris cruises the Rivers of America, navigating around Big Thunder Mountain’s “island” and past the town of Thunder Mesa, Phantom Manor, and the rest of Paris’ version of Frontierland. I understand that it underwent a top-to-bottom refurbishment that basically rebuilt the ship in 2011, and it was looking […]

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