Landscape of Paris from the Hotel Melia La Défense

by Bernardo Ricci Armani December 10, 2015 4 comments
Landscape of Paris from the Hotel Melia La Défense

Paris (France). Here we are: in a couple of days it will be Christmas, and with it the end of 2015 is approaching. Time flies, and the last months have been characterized by a very (too much!) hectic life… I traveled so frequently in the last period, that in few weeks I upgraded my frequent flyer status directly to gold. Almost all my trips have been to / from Paris; and almost all my stays in Paris have been limited to La Defense – which is not exactly the most exotic place in town.


The last time I was there, I spent a night at the Hotel Melia, one of the many hotels around the Esplanade de la Defense; and although it was what is normally recognized as a business hotel, there was a nice sky bar with an open air terrace. Of course, after dinner, I could not resist the temptation and I went there with my camera, looking for a stable place to put it for this long-exposure shot.

Paris has something…

It’s not my favorite city where shooting photos because – probably – it is “overphotographed” (I do not think this word exists). However, every time I see a landscape of Paris, I remain fixed in a sort of contemplation. Especially from La Defense, the city looks flat with few churches’ domes, illuminated streets and – of course – the Tour Eiffel. And a sense of “need of taking an original photo” pervades me, like a challenge, probably a reaction to what I was saying with my neologism… I’m never sure enough I accomplish my mission, and in this occasion is the same story; but I liked the final result of this capture, with the illuminated tower and its strong light-rays completing the scene.

And since I’m not sure I will be able to post something before Christmas, I will use this image to share my best wishes with all my readers and followers.

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Dasha December 23, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Cool word )) In russian such word exist. But you know what, nothi can be over done. Cuz every photographer has special and unique eye ))

Bernardo December 28, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Thanks Dasha! But sometimes I’m criticized because I take “always the same photos”. And perhaps it’s true. The problem is that a large number of my photos here have been taken when I’m somewhere for business – not for holidays – and therefore I cannot do too much, I’m not as free to shoot as I want… I do my best, but it’s tough… :-)

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