Weekend Wanderings: Annecy’s Old Town

Thanks to its great location between Europe’s cleanest lake — Lake Annecy — and the snow-capped French Alps, Annecy is a tourist mecca all year long. I visited the “Venice of the Alps” in April this year and followed the canals of the Thiou, one of the shortest rivers of France with a length of ~3.5 km, traversing the Old Town.

Here are some of my personal highlights…

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Weekend Wanderings: Louvre At Dusk

It is probably needless to mention that the Louvre Palace and the Louvre Pyramids are one of the most popular photography spots in Paris — not only at dusk. I counted at least a dozen photographers (excluding tourists and museum visitors) while walking around the Cour Napoléon. Surprisingly, not many of them bothered to bring a tripod along. So if you want your photos to stand out, make sure to bring one for long exposures while the day’s last rays of sun hit the museum and its surroundings.

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Cour Napoléon as seen from inside the Louvre Palace

The red neon light installation, which currently decorates the biggest of all Louvre Pyramids and can be seen in all photos below, has been created by Claude Lévêque. More light installations by the Frecnh artist are planned in throughout the year. His exhibition will stay till January 4, 2016.

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Pastel-coloured sunset behind the Louvre Pyramids

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Symmetrical perfection

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Buzzing atmosphere — the Louvre museum is open till 9:45pm every Wednesday and Friday

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Zooming in on Claude Lévêque’s bolt of light

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The day’s last rays of sun are bathing the Louvre Palace in warm light

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Walking from the street towards the inner courtyard and the Pyramids — HDR out of 3 long exposures to highlight the architecture of that entrance

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Sunset behind the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, just opposite the Louvre

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View from the Court Napoléon towards the sunset behind the Eiffel Tower

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Weekend Wanderings: Sacre-Coeur At Night

The Basilica in Montmartre, Paris, is always a vibrant place to visit, but especially great at night, when locals, tourists and street artists gather here to marvel at the City of Lights.

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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris is located at the highest point of the city and therefore a good place to actually turn around and gaze at the City of Lights.

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You can climb the hill of Montmartre by foot, or you can hop onto the funiculare. Each year, 2 million passengers make use of this railway as alternative to climbing over 300 steps.

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Sacre-Coeur from the back. It integrates well into the quarter’s architecture.

What is your favorite Paris location to visit at night?

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French Communities On Instagram

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Louvre, Paris

After announcing that I moved to France, it seemed like a no-brainer to list worthwhile Instagram accounts that focus on “la joie de vivre” in this part of the world. Please see this post as a sequel to “New Zealand Communities on Instagram” and “Australian Communities on Instagram”. As done before, I recommend checking out the following accounts to learn about stunning travel locations, ideal photo spots, or to connect with the locals.

The hashtag behind each linked Instagram account is the official hashtag you should use if you aim to get featured and grow your audience.

Tip: Don’t forget about the emoji hashtag with the French Tricolore


France in general

@ig_france #ig_france
@exclusive_france #exclusive_france
@france.vacations #france_vacations
@loves.france #loves_france
@loves_france_ #loves_france_
@gf_france_ #gf_france

Also try:


@igersparis #igersparis #igers_paris
@paris_jetaime #parisjetaime
@paris_maville #parismaville

Also try:

Big cities

@objectiftoulouse #objectiftoulouse
@igersmarseille #igersmarseille
@bnw_marseille #bnw_marseille
@lillemaville #lillemaville

Also try:


@provenceguide #provenceguide

Also try:

Bonus: Europe

@wueurope_ #wu_europe
@europe.vacations #europe_vacations

Do you know of any popular French account or hashtag that I missed? Please leave a comment below!

Make sure to follow me (ae_i) on Instagram for “France through my lens”. Thank you!