Sainte Chapelle

I traveled a lot in 2019, the year before the pandemic. I went to all over the USA, Europe, and Asia. I would have gone to South America too, except for some last minute changes to plan. My job just had me traveling a lot. I had mixed feelings about it at the time. On the one hand, it's interesting and exciting. And you get awesome photography opportunities. On the other hand, you have to be away from your family, which is a burden even when you're enjoying yourself. And the transit part itself can be grueling. All in all though, I miss traveling and I wish I could do it more. It would be even better if I could take the family though.

This photo is of Sainte Chapelle in Paris from that year. It was the first time I'd been back to Paris since my wife and I honeymooned there in 1999. Sainte Chapelle is one of the most indelible memories I have from our honeymoon. It is truly a magnificent, awe-inspiring place. Completed in 1248, it is a landmark in Gothic architecture and originally housed Louis IX's collection of Passion relics, including the crown of thorns (currently in the Louvre). Yes, that crown of thorns. Reputedly, anyway.

My trip back confirmed that my memory wasn't more amazing than the actual place. This time around, I had a good camera and knew a bit more about how to use it though.