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    Posted February 26, 2014 by
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    Postcards from Paris


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Freelance photographer Michael Kandel traveled to the city of love for Valentine’s Day. Paris exceeded his expectations. “The city is absolutely gorgeous. But romance, more than love, would be a more appropriate way to describe the city,” he said. “From love locks, to street art, the idea of love is omnipresent.” His fifth image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for August 18, 2014.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    It mesmerizes you with its beauty, captivates you with its history, and hypnotizes you with its aromas. With every step you fall deeper in love with a perfect balance of modernity and history. Every few feet there’s an opportunity to gawk at world-class pastries, peruse high-end boutiques, or sip coffee while taking in the everlasting choreography of daily life. Piece together its plethora of pleasantries and what results is a complex and beautiful spectacle of a city made famous by its art, food, design, and romance.

    Paris, in a nutshell, is the perfect destination. For the avid sight-seeing tourist there’s more to do than you could possibly dream. Just walking the streets will leave you awe struck, but where they lead is even more marvelous. And for the more casual traveler, it’s a place where you can feel at home, even if you’re living out of a suitcase.

    For five days, we zig-zagged through one of the most enchanting cities my eyes have ever seen. We saw the world’s most famous art, visited the world’s most iconic monuments, and sampled a diverse array of the world’s best cuisine. Paris is everything to write home about.

    See the full collection of photographs here: http://blog.makandel.com/paris/
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