Paris at Night

Paris et moi de nuit

When I was in Paris, staying in the 1st near Les Halles, I often found myself wide awake late at night. Though I spent two weeks in Paris, I never fully adjusted to the time difference. So I adopted a routine to cope with my sleeplessness …

Taking the poetry of fellow Francophile Edna St. Vincent Millay, her biography by Nancy Milford and of course my camera I would set of in search of a cafe open late. At said cafe, I would enjoy un café avec sucre et crème alongside a nutella crepe. There, I would watch the City of Light go by. Occasionally, I would take a photograph of the light and the people and a near-empty Rue.

Books and camera still in hand, stomach full, I would set out again for the Seine. Wandering its banks at night, occasionally stopping to read a few stanzas of poetry  – it gave me a sense of peace I cannot explain. It was there, at night, I felt that Paris was my city.

  • July 12, 2011

    I am falling in love with Paris all over again, vicariously, through you and your photos. Wow.

    • July 13, 2011

      Roxanne, that might be the highest praise you could give me. Thank you!!!!

  • July 12, 2011

    Simply beautiful.  Have to agree with Andi that the carousel is my fave as well!

  • July 12, 2011

    Simply beautiful.  Have to agree with Andi that the carousel is my fave as well!

    • July 13, 2011

      Ha! Thank you! I tend to agree with all of you – I love the carousel photograph as well. It’s a happy little spot by La Tour Eiffel and I spent many an evening on those benches.

  • July 12, 2011
    Cathleen Dalton

    I’d say a major benefit of your (mostly) solo travel is getting a chance to do what you want, when you want (unless you wanted to be sleeping at night 🙂 ). It’s nice – I’m finding that, the more my fiance and I travel, the more comfortable we are being honest about wanting some alone time in various locales. Having a travel buddy is fun, but time solo is still valuable. Gorgeous photos, as usual!!!

    • July 13, 2011

      So so so true Cathleen! Solo travel suites me just fine. There were moments in Paris I very much wished I could be kissing someone on Pont Neuf but in general, I love solo travel. Thank you so much for the comment. XO

  • July 13, 2011
    Caroline Eubanks

    Love it chica! Sometimes I forget how much I love Paris.

    • July 13, 2011

      Awh! Thanks Caroline!! It really is a wonderful place. Glad I could inspire you to remember that 🙂 XO

  • July 13, 2011
    Anonymous

    Beautiful images 🙂

  • July 13, 2011

    I can’t express how much I love these photos! I miss Paris so, so, SO much, and you really captured the city incredibly well. Bravo!

  • July 13, 2011

    Wow, truly beautiful! You have truly validated the nickname “city of light” – glad to have discovered your work! Now to purchase a ticket to Paris…

  • July 14, 2011

    Ooo La La! C’est magnifique!

  • July 14, 2011

    Beautiful!! I love all of your photo essays… I especially like the energy in the carousel one… I love the air of excitement and fantasy!!

  • July 14, 2011

    How do you create this magic.  Like, how?  I can’t even begin to express the intensity, raw beauty of these photos.  Sigh.

  • July 15, 2011
    Anonymous

    C’est magnifique! Is the a fisheye lens for the carousel photo? I really like the street shots with the floating red lights, it looks so surreal! Le sigh!

  • July 15, 2011

    Absolutely stunning. The carousel photo is my favorite. 

  • July 17, 2011

    Kirsten, would you think me weird if I said that these photos brought tears to my eyes? Paris is probably my favourity city in the world; The one place I go to and feel so comfortable and at home. I miss being there so to have my favourite place at night combined with your amazing photography is just absolutely incredible. <3

  • July 18, 2011

    I’m completely blown away! These photos are fantastic! Sharing on Facebook momentarily…

  • July 18, 2011

    There are no words for the beauty of these photos. It brought back a few memories for me too.  LE SIGH. Thank you for that. 

  • July 18, 2011

    Gorgeous work!! Shame you couldn’t sleep but glad the late hours produced these shots!

  • July 20, 2011

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS photos. If only my insomnia (in Paris right now for the past 3 weeks) could produce such beauty!

  • July 25, 2011
    Butterflydiary

    Perfect Tour d’Eiffel shot

  • July 25, 2011

    je t’aime Paris!

  • July 26, 2011

    Amazing shots Kirsten. I love night photography

  • July 26, 2011

    This has definitely given me some ideas for what to shoot when I’m in Paris in a couple weeks! 

  • January 31, 2012

    love love love

  • November 06, 2012
    Veny (@MissLaiLai)

    Just browsing your site 😉 And saw this post, and thought, WHOA! I always love night shots, but I suck at it (laziness takes over when having to carry tripod I guess…sigh) Those long exposure shots on the lights? Simply beautiful.

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