In this week’s round-up of our ‘photo a day project’, we take refuge from the sweltering European heat by heading indoors by day and to water by night. That's with the exception of waiting several hours in the sun for the final stage of the Tour de France. We may not be cycling enthusiasts, but who's going to miss that chance?
Here's what we got up to this week!
July 21st 2014. Chariots and triumph. Another postcard perfect end to a wonderful day savouring the delights of Paris, with a little bit of vantage point scouting for a certain bicycle race that's coming through town next week.
July 22nd 2014. Unspoken rule. If the temperature reaches above 30°C (86°F) in Paris, all operational fountains become swimming pools.
July 23rd 2014. The boulevard. Although controversial at the time, Napoleon III and Haussmann's 17 year wholesale reconstruction of Paris is what makes this arguably the most beautiful city in the world.
July 24th 2014. Couples on the Seine. There are 20 arrondissements, effectively suburbs, within the boundaries of the municipality of Paris, all have their own unique atmosphere and attractions. Have you visited Paris and do you have a favourite?
July 25th 2014. Mona Lisa. We decided to pay one of Leonardo da Vinci's most recognisable paintings a visit during a late night opening at the Louvre Museum to avoid having to contend with the masses that Lisa inevitably draws.
July 26th 2014. Palais Garnier. So opulent is this 19th century Parisian opera house, 15 years in the making, that it was used as the setting for Gaston Leroux's novel ‘Phantom of the Opera' and subsequent movie and musical adaptations.
July 27 2014. Tour de France. For the first time in the history of the race, elite women cyclists had the opportunity for their own race, albeit only on the final day.