Thursday, March 5, 2009

25 Things I Love About Paris: #19

19. The light.

I've done my fair share of complaining about the gray skies in Paris and I now realize that those scientists who study seasonal depression are really onto something. And yet, when the sun does break through the gray, the light is truly a wonder to behold. Often the sky is dark in one direction and bright blue in the opposite. The stone buildings can be at once in the shadows and creating a gleam so brilliant that you have to shield your eyes. One minute, the Seine is steel gray, the next a clear blue.

In the summer, the gray gives way. The midday sun can be intense. In the evenings the sun lingers in the sky until ten, bathing the town in a soft golden light. No wonder artists flock here.

Winter sky

Summer sun caught through the windows of the Grand Palais


The Good Life in Virginia said...

like the shot of the windows of the grand palais :)

have a wonderful evening.

Starman said...

I've seen the Seine under just about every condition imaginable, but I have never seen it appear clear blue.

europe-city-guides said...

The picture of Grand Palais is lovely.

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