Considering every reasonably sized city in America looks identical with miles of strip malls, big box stores (many vacant) and subdivisions, European architecture still rocks my world. At least there is character and imagination.
The Eiffel Tower of course is stunning from any angle, any time of day. I took probably 50 images in the daylight, at night and at a distance and distilled it down to just a few:
I also shot a number of classic French architectural gems including many side streets, passageways and the view from Montmarte
and Notre Dame..
As we moved further out of Paris the architecture became much more intriguing.
Rommel’s command center along the Seine
the half timbered houses of Vernon…
and the many styles of homes along the river
the charm of Giverny…
and then at the edge of the old city stood the ultra modern artistic skyscrapers …in what seemed a competition as to which one could be more outrageous.
This one had overlaid thin vertical columns which twisted like ribbons
This one was oval
while this Novotel was built with right angles
and this one seemingly built of legos…
The pièce d’résistance goes to this gorgeous building. The embellishments looked like glass shards while the entire structure reflected the clouds above…spectacular!
so much for looking like every other city!
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