London and Paris advice please

Started Feb 16, 2013 | Questions thread
OP MarceloLI Veteran Member • Posts: 4,917
Sante Patate

Sante Patate wrote:

I'll suggest a couple of unusual ideas.

The Catacombs (Metro Denfert-Rochereau). In the 18th century a whole bunch of old church graveyards were dug up and the bones carted up to these old underground quarries and stacked up artistically in several kilometres of tunnels.

The courtyard of the Musee du Quai Branly.

The Canal Saint-Martin.

Anywhere Eugene Atget photographed - a lot of it is still there (

Tripod use is illegal without a permit in any area controlled by the Paris city government. That means nearly all parks, cemeteries and church and museum forecourts. Custodians will enforce this law if they see you and feel like it, so you can be lucky or not. It is said that permits are issued at the Paris Mairie, but no one who has any experience of French municipal bureaucracy would bother trying.

In France photographing copyright works displayed in public breaches copyright. For example, although the Eiffel Tower is in the public domain the lighting display is copyright, and the owners can ask you to pay to photograph the tower at night (

French privacy law is very strict. Taking a photograph of a person in a private place - eg, through an open window - without their consent is a criminal offence (ie, the police can arrest you and you can go to gaol for one year). Publishing (not just taking) a photograph of a person in a public place (eg, sitting at a cafe table) without their consent is also a criminal offence (

Great information about the places to visit and tripod regulations.

I really appreciate.


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