#618. A walk in Paris on a winters morning.

By Dallas Thomas | Travel Photography

Jul 13

Paris is a city that I adore; walking its cobbled ancient streets and viewing its magnificent architecture is something I never tire of.

This collection of images taken in the 4 & 5th Arrondissement’s on a cool and overcast morning a few days before last Christmas.

Inspired by #613. A summerโ€™s day in Newcastle by Paul Perton.

All the images where shot using a Nikon D4s and the nifty 50 and were processed the same way for effect.


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  • Paul Perton says:

    Wonderful, evocative images and thanks for the hat tip. I’ve got bad travel envy now, and not due to see Paris again until March (or so) ๐Ÿ™

  • Volker Hopf says:

    Great images, makes one itchy to hop into the next plain and go there.
    Cheers, Volker

  • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    Sigh – being a displaced person, pretending to be a kangaroo when in reality I’m a fromage, this gives me a severe attack of homesickness! Thanks a zillion for posting these photos, Dallas.

    I once spent Christmas and the New Year in Paris – on my own, since nobody else I knew was prepared to tear themselves away from sunny Australian beaches to go there at that time of year, and miss out on the joys of eating a traditional English style Christmas dinner (at lunchtime) of roast turkey with cranberry stuffing, baked glazed ham, Yorkshire pudding, beans, carrots etc – followed by steamed plum pudding drowned in kind of brandy/custard sauce (and watch out for your teeth – they’ve hidden small change in there), all sloshed down with far too much red wine – “skippies” in general seem very dubious about French food – on returning here I am always asked “did you eat snails?” or “did you eat frog’s legs?” As my great grandmother was fond of saying – in a rather sarcastic, dismissive way – “they MEAN well”, meaning they aren’t really being racist (but it’s a fine distinction, when you’re on the receiving end).

    Looking back, it was a kind of “Dear Susan” moment – as in not photographing stuff already photographed by everyone on the planet, but doing something quite different. In that case, not going to Paris when it was choked full of tourists, but waiting till they all went home and the Parisians staying indoors out of the weather, and the whole place seemed practically deserted. It’s purely coincidence, but I learned something about myself this afternoon, chatting to an Italian friend about the experiences of migrants coming to this country at the time I was growing up, and as a result this evening I find myself better able to understand why I enjoyed that trip so much, why it is so stuck in my memory, and why I appreciated receiving your photos so much. A day can be a long time, in one’s life, sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

    One of the best memories of that trip was the pond at the base of one of the legs of the Eiffel Tower – the ducks found the water was completely frozen over, and as they attempted to walk across it, they found their webbed feet would stick to the ice. So while they stood on one foot, they would stare uncomprehendingly at the other one, as they tried to peel it off the ice, to prepare for taking the next step. I know I shouldn’t have, but I had to laugh at this spectacle – it was so funny to watch – I hope the ducks didn’t mind, they didn’t appear to notice me anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I must say, it was actually one of the nicest times I have spent in Paris, and all I can do is envy you, Dallas. I don’t even need captions, for the majority of these photos, I know where they are without asking.

    • Hi Pete, we specially choose that time to be in Paris to be able to enjoy the season changes and experience a Parisian Christmas among other thing.Walking around the streets on that day was so “very very” special with few people about in the spots I went anyway made it feel that she was there for me and me alone!.


      • jean pierre {pete} guaron says:

        I was supposed to be in London on business, but there was a break over the festive season & I took the opportunity to spend the Christmas/NewYear period in Paris. I’m afraid I failed Anglophile 101 – not only is it “not my cup of tea”, I don’t even DRINK tea! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Another interesting place I’ve spent that period – one that you’d appreciate, Dallas – is Singapore. I have friends there, and over the years I’ve been there any number of times. It was fascinating to see how a non-Christian country celebrates a Christian festival. Mostly, they do it far better than the Christians! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oooh – and if it interests you, at all, it’s a fantastic opportunity for night shot!

  • Martin says:

    Ah, the great C-B lives on!

  • Cliff Whittaker says:

    Very nice pictures of streets and buildings. I like them, but, do any people live in Paris?

  • jean pierre {pete} guaron says:

    ROTFLMHAO – at that time of year, only the ducks – foraging around the gardens at the tour Eiffel. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sean says:

    Hi Dallas,

    These images of Paris, posted here, trigger a yearning, a calling back, to Paris. My wife and I spent a magical week there, based at the superb small Hotel Hotel Le Bellechasse Paris Saint-Germaine. It all adds to the calling back, and I’d do it in a heartbeat if I had half the chance: all because of your wonderful images, above.


  • philberphoto says:

    Dallas, I am green with envy! Your post is so Parisian, so atmospheric, it made me want to go there, to live there. No, wait, I already live there…:-(
    Congratulations on this delightful post!

    • Thanks Philippe for your kind words. As you well know Paris is a place very close to Lady Anne and my heart and we can’t wait to return.


  • PaulB says:


    I really like this series. You are giving me a good case of travel,photo, and B&W envy.

    Not to mention a little bit of Camera envy. At times I do miss a Pro grade Nikon body.


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