Dijon and a final few days in Paris…

Dijon was to be our last stop in Burgundy prior to heading back to Paris, and I was looking forward to exploring this city. However by the time we arrived at our accommodation for the night, the rain had begun in earnest and was not to let up throughout our stay. Sadly I was only able to grab this one image of an interesting church, complete with some very wonderful sculptures… As the rain drenched us I foolishly switched to my point and shoot to capture the some close-ups, however none of the images were sharp enough for my liking.

Out of all the towns we visited, I felt like we really did not do justice to Dijon, and saw so little really. Still, it just means we will have to return for a proper exploration…

Church in Dijon
Dijon in the rain… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

The rain chased us all the way to Paris, where-upon we sadly returned our Renault Megane hire car and set off to climb the Eiffel Tower via the Louvre. I think the image below sums up our weather in this beautiful city nicely…

Duck outside the Louvre
At least one Parisian was happy with the weather… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Louvre Museum, Paris
I.M.Pei’s pyramid at the Louvre… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

After the Louvre it was time to climb the Eiffel Tower, something we had initially planned to do on our arrival in Paris three weeks before, but decided against when we saw the May Day crowds. When we got to the second level, I shot this panoramic image using the 70-200mm f2.8 L IS lens, and subsequently stitched the image together using Ptgui. The resulting print at it’s native resolution is able to be printed to a huge size and still retain the detail and clarity that I enjoy. I have included a few detail shots below the pano to illustrate the level of detail in this file…

Paris from the second level of the Eiffel Tower
Paris from the second level of the Eiffel Tower… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Paris from the Eiffel Tower
Restaurant sign in a Paris street… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Paris from the Eiffel Tower
More building detail… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Paris from the Eiffel Tower
I love the building in the top left… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Paris from the Eiffel Tower
Building detail… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Paris from the Eiffel Tower
Heading down in the lift…taken with the IXUS 125… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Time to celebrate at the top, prior to heading up to Terminus Nord for a final meal in Paris…

Couple drinking Champagne in the Eiffel Tower
Celebrating at the very top…and she said ‘Yes…’!! © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Dining in the Terminus Nord, Paris
Indulging at the Terminus Nord prior to catching the Eurostar back to London… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Steak Frites in the Terminus Nord
Classic bistro fare…© Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Bottle of red wine at Terminus Nord
Perfect accompaniment… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Profiteroles in the Terminus Nord
Heavenly…! © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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