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The gargoyle of Notre Dame and a Paris sunset

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A Paris sunset and a gargoyle

The gargoyle of Notre Dame and the Paris sunset 

Peering down from Notre Dame, this gargoyle keeps a watchful eye on the city as he enjoys a Paris sunset.  Anyone who has ever climbed to the top of Notre Dame has seen these creatures.  What is the purpose of Notre Dame’s gargoyles?

Some say the gargoyles are an example of all creatures in God’s creation.  Others believe the gargoyles to be the symbolic struggles of good vs evil.  Gargoyles at Notre Dame weren’t part of the original construction.  Their presence may be more practical than anything else as they serve as drains to keep water from running down the walls of the cathedral.

Whether it’s a gargoyle of the hunchback of Notre Dame, Notre Dame’s hideous creatures may get the best views of Paris.  On a Fall evening, the sun sets over a cloudy sky as the Eiffel Tower stands guard over the city.  Regardless of whether you think these gargoyles are ugly or beautiful, you have to admit they have a great view of a Paris sunset.

Want your own views of Paris?  Save money with these tips on how to visit Paris on a budget.

A new series – Travel photo of the week

As I look to become a better travel photographer, I will be showcasing a travel photo of the week.  Travel photos are a great way to inspire people to travel.

Photography is an important part of any traveler’s journey.  Whether you’re a professional or just an amateur photographer who wants to take better photos when you’re on vacation, the travel photo of the week will showcase beautiful places around the world and inspire others to go and see these places for themselves.

I want to show you how you can travel more.  However, I also want to make travel photography simple for travelers.  Along with the travel photo of the week, you will find photo tips and helpful guides on becoming a better photographer.  

Travel photography tip - A photo isn’t about beautiful colors or the subject.  For better travel photos, change your angle or capture the photo from a different perspective (like a Paris sunset through the eyes of a gargoyle).

What better way to kick of this travel photo of the week series than with a Paris sunset!  Even gargoyles can appreciate the view from the top of Notre Dame.  For the next few weeks in the travel photo of the week, we will focus on the beautiful city of Paris – the City of Light.

Have you ever taken a photo from the top of Notre Dame?  What’s the best spot to get a photo of a Paris sunset?

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  1. Gabriel says:

    Congrats on adding a new category! I look forward to watching you progress along your travels.

    Also, photography is all about perspective so that’s a very good tip! =)
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    • Thanks Gabe. Will have to work at this photography thing. Going through the photos and sharing them, as well as the tips, will be fun and hope people find it inspiring and helpful.

  2. nicole says:

    We have taken photos from the top of Notre Dame. It’s surprisingly eerie when the gargoyle is in the photo. I would think the some of the best places to get a photo of the sunset in Paris are from the top the Eiffel Tower, or from the viewpoint of the Champs du Mars Park or the Arc de Triomph. Or even in front of the Sacre Coeur. They all are so picturesque. Although I bet there are a million more. =)
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    • I have done all of those views but Sacre Coeur at sunset is awesome. Great views of Paris and some amazing colors too. We should all find some more time to spend in Paris to find the best places for a sunset photo :)

  3. Marcia says:

    That is a fantastic shot, Jeremy.
    Gargoyles are just plain hideous and yet we can’t seem to get enough of them.
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  4. I adore the gargoyles, there is somehow a kind of beauty to their mysterious, ancient ugliness, as strange as it may sound.

  5. Barbara says:

    I had to smile at this image of the gargoyle and the Paris sunset. I have a small figurine of this same gargoyle sitting at my desk keeping watch over me. We picked this little guy up in a gift shop at Notre Dame while visiting Paris. I happen to love gargoyles, strange I know but I think they are oddly cute. My favorite shot of sunset in Paris was taken right after we left the Louvre one evening. We rounded the corner right at the Pont du Carrousel (Carrousel Bridge) and the sunset was amazing with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. One of my all time favorite shots we have ever taken in Paris. I’m looking forward to your travel image of the week and your photo tips as well!
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    • Gargoyles are such ugly creatures yet they can be beautiful and appealing as well. There may not be another symbol that can be both beautiful and ugly like the gargoyle.

      As for Paris sunsets, I could spend days or weeks trying to capture those. You could go to different places all over the city and find some great ones. I’ve never been to the Louvre around sunset but knowing what’s around there and the views, I bet it is amazing! All this talk of gargoyles and Paris reminds me that I need to go back :)

  6. This picture made me nostalgic about Paris. Have you seen the sunset from the top of the Montparnasse tower?
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  7. I love the mystery behind the Gargoyles and you seem to have got awesome photograph here. Love the rest of your blog too.

  8. Mark Richard says:

    Great shot!! Wonderful pic of Paris. It is a great view to Paris

  9. I love the idea of a new series! Great shot by the way!

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