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Photo Gallery: A Tribute to Paris

Updated on August 9, 2017
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Part-time farmer, part-time traveler, Viet Doan lives in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii with his partner and a lazy old cat.

The world watched in horror as the tragedy unfolded on the streets of Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015. It is unimaginable and incomprehensible that something of this magnitude could happen to Paris. For many of us, Paris is – and will always be – a city of timeless beauty, charm, romance, culture and arts. Violent bloodshed, senseless massacre, fears, angers, sadness have nothing to do with Paris. Never.

The photos in this gallery remind us of the true Paris, not the Paris that we saw on the news of that awful day. Taken by the author when he was in Paris in August 2015 (3 months before the terror attacks), these photos show the City of Light during daytime and in the evening when the city comes to life and is full of joie de vivre. The Paris that we all love.

Paris Plages - sandy beaches along the Seine - first opened in 2002.  The beaches are extremely popular with Parisians and visitors during the summer months.
Paris Plages - sandy beaches along the Seine - first opened in 2002. The beaches are extremely popular with Parisians and visitors during the summer months. | Source
Bubbles maker on a public square.
Bubbles maker on a public square. | Source
Paris street scene through the glass window of a cafe.
Paris street scene through the glass window of a cafe. | Source
Cruise boats on the left bank of the river.
Cruise boats on the left bank of the river. | Source
Paris at sunset.
Paris at sunset. | Source
Under the Arc de Triomphe.
Under the Arc de Triomphe. | Source
Beach volleyball in front of Hotel de Ville.
Beach volleyball in front of Hotel de Ville. | Source
Sitting in a sidewalk restaurant.
Sitting in a sidewalk restaurant. | Source
Traffic time on Pont Saint-Michel.
Traffic time on Pont Saint-Michel. | Source
Paris by night: Rue de la Huchette near Gibert Jeune bookstore.
Paris by night: Rue de la Huchette near Gibert Jeune bookstore. | Source
Restaurant Le Depart Saint Michel across from Saint Michel Metro.
Restaurant Le Depart Saint Michel across from Saint Michel Metro. | Source
The Seine after sunset.
The Seine after sunset. | Source
Iconic Eiffel Tower glows brightly at night.
Iconic Eiffel Tower glows brightly at night. | Source

ABOUT THIS HUB

The author lived in Paris on-and-off between 1987 and 1992. He recently came back to visit this wonderful city in summer of 2015.

All photos were taken by the author with an Olympus Stylus TG-630 iHS digital camera.

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Copyright © 2015 Viet Doan (punacoast)

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    • sujaya venkatesh profile image

      sujaya venkatesh 23 months ago

      need to check in

    • bdegiulio profile image

      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.

    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile image

      Gina Welds Hulse 23 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Beautiful! Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing, and may we continue to pray for the people of Paris, and the world, in general.