The Gare du Nord is the busiest railway station in Europe handling around 190 million passengers per year. It handles trains to Northern France, as well as to various international destinations such as Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The station complex was designed by French architect Jacques Hittorff and built between 1861 and 1864. It is situated in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
The front façade of the Gare du Nord in Paris is adorned with a number of impressive sculptures, twenty in all. Eight of these crown the cornice line and represent international places (Paris is placed in the centre), and twelve further sculptures represent northern French cities, aligned on the lower façade.
I have a number of shots taken in and around the Gare du Nord in Paris. I quite like images as the light goes down and the buildings are illuminated by artifical light.
The Møller Centre is a conference centre attached to Churchill College in Cambridge. I liked the shape of the stairs and the final image appears a little like an eye.
The Bibliothèque nationale de France is the National Library of France, located in Paris on the banks of the Seine. It is intended to be the repository of all that is published in France. First announced on Bastille Day, 1988 by President François Mitterrand, it was finally opened on 15th December 1996 after huge cost overruns and technical difficulties related to its high-rise design.
The Musée d’Orsay is one of my favourite museums in Paris. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, an impressive Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces (the largest in the world) by such painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh
Taken at Canary Wharf, Docklands many years ago when the buildings were fairly new ans security wasn’t as tight as it is now. Today, without written permission, I doubt it would be possible to set up a tripod with a medium format camera on it and take pictures.
Lyon has an old town and the patterns and colours of the pantiled roofs make an interesting composition. The scene is almost timeless – only the modern Velux windows suggest that this is modern times.