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The Angular Streets of Paris

In my opinion, there is no city on earth as architecturally spectacular and beautiful as Paris. Her beloved monuments, buildings, and angular streets are a living work of art that never ceases to inspire the imagination. Much of Paris’ amazing beauty can be credited to the genius work of Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Paris’ city planner who was hand selected by Napoleon III to carry out a massive renovation of Paris between between 1853 and 1870. Haussmann’s renovation of Paris as it was commonly called transformed the city with its grand boulevards, elaborate parks and magnificent public works.

Although other European cities tried to imitate Haussmann’s work, no other city compares especially in regards to Haussmann’s grand boulevards that cut across the city in perfect lines and angles.

Here are some of my favorite angles of Parisian streets.

Streets of Paris, France

Streets of Paris, France

Streets of Paris, France

Streets of Paris, France

Streets of Paris, France

Streets of Paris, France

Streets of Paris, France

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Streets of Paris, France

Streets of Paris, France

Streets of Paris, France

How incredible was it that I got to live and study in Paris back in 1993! In my heart, I will always have Paris.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular. To see more entries, click here.  

29 comments

  1. Sas

    Paris is on my list of places to visit. I can actually catch a bus there from here in Cardiff. Thanks for inspiring me further with your photos.

  2. Paris nestles deep in the heart of anyone who has ever spent time there. There are things about Paris that annoy the hell out of me, but if I were offered the opportunity to live there, I’d jump at it! I try not to repeat destinations, but I find myself going back again and again to this magical city.

  3. Lola Jane

    It’s been a long time since I have been there, but it is still one of my favorite cities. Wonderful, lovely photos, and inspires me to take more city, angular photos, too!

  4. I agree that Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. Thank you Napoleon, Napoleon III and Haussmann. Of course they destroyed many houses and slums filled with poor Parisians to do it…quite controversial at the time. Paris was a filthy, stinking mess before they transformed it.

  5. Wonderful!
    In the 1960s, some of the best young Afrikaans writers lived in the garrets of Montmartre and wrote vibrant prose in my mother tongue (Afrikaans, spoken in South Africa, descended originally from 17th century Dutch). I’ve always wanted to experience Paris – at least I have your beautiful photos.

  6. Reblogged this on jetjunkie and commented:
    If you have ever thought of going to Paris and most of us have….. then indulge in this fantastic literature and understand the hidden beauties of “the city of life”.

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