Photos: France 2013

France.

Home to Quasimodo, an Oscar-nominated Woody Allen film (“Midnight in Paris”) and blinding lights. A country with delicious pastries and diverse landscapes.

I took French for seven years during my middle and high school days, so it was long overdue when I finally applied my language skills — from exchanging money at the Louvre to asking for directions from police officers near l’Arc de Triomphe.

Below are some of the artsy photos I took over my five days in France, which includes images from Paris, the Beaujolais wine region and the French Riviera.

My next blog post will capture my time spent in Italy — Pisa, Florence, Rome and Venice.

One of many carousel around the city. It sits in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
One of many carousel around the city of Paris. It sits in front of the Eiffel Tower and offers perspective as to what is around the famous landmark. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Various moving lines within Paris' underground metro. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Various moving lines within Paris’ underground metro. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
An inside look of the Louvre offers a glimpse of both past and contemporary architecture, just like the city of Paris itself. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
An inside look of the Louvre offers a glimpse of both past and contemporary architecture, just like the city of Paris itself. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A priest gives a sermon during Sunday mass at Notre Dame Cathedral during its 850th anniversary. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A priest gives a sermon during Sunday mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris during its 850th anniversary. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A view from the River Seine of the Eiffel Tower around 11 p.m. local time as it's lit up and sparkling. // Photo by Christina De Nico
A view from the River Seine of the Eiffel Tower around 11 p.m. local time as it’s lit up and sparkling. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A look outside to the Beaujolais wine region of France from a 16th-century château. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A look outside to the Beaujolais wine region — just north of Lyon in France — from a 16th-century château. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Pebbles -- not sand -- line French Riviera beaches, such as Antibes (pictured). It is located halfway between both Cannes and Nice. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Pebbles — not sand — line French Riviera beaches, such as Antibes (pictured). It is located halfway between both Cannes and Nice. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Locals sit upon large rocks at the beach in Cannes, home to the world-famous film festival. Mountains overlook in the background. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Locals sit upon large rocks at the beach in Cannes, home to the world-famous film festival. Mountains overlook in the background. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A motorcycle follows the Sainte Dévote curve, a dangerous portion of the infamous Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A motorcycle follows the Sainte Dévote curve, a dangerous portion of the infamous Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A highway makes its way through the mountains to Monaco, the world's second-smallest country. The moon, a bird and a boat appear in the distance during sunset. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A highway makes its way through mountains to Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country. The moon and a bird appear in the distance during sunset. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
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