Sisk Family European Vacation: Paris, Day 2 – The Pantheon
On Friday, I was still sharing photos from Day 2 in Paris (If you’re new to my blog – I went to London and Paris with my husband at the beginning of September. If you missed any of my previous pictures, click HERE). I really thought that I might have moved on to our last day in Paris…but I can’t move on until I share photos of the Pantheon.
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According to the Pantheon’s website, it was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve. It has flipped back and forth to a church over the years, but eventually assumed its lasting role as a burial place for exceptional Frenchmen who had sacrificed their lives for their country or who had done something great for France.
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Based on the number of photos I took of the Pantheon (in comparison to say…Notre Dame), it might have been one of the more visually interesting structures we saw in Paris…the architecture, the history, the art…all so beautiful.
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One of the most interesting aspects of the Pantheon is the clock. It was established in 1851 by the physicist, Léon Foucault, to illustrate the rotation of the earth.  It uses a Foucault pendulum that is bolted to the Pantheon Dome.
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Underneath the Pantheon is the Crypt. This crypt is the final resting place for many well known (and some historically famous) French writers, poets and scientists. These important people include: Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Marat, Emile Zola, Jean Moulin, Soufflot, Louis Braille and Marie Curie among many others. If you’ve never been in a crypt, it’s essentially a mausoleum.
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Walking out of the Pantheon, we had another beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower…it was as if it was calling us to come over, but we decided to save the best for last. Of course that means you’ll have to wait a few more days for those photos.
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Have a great Tuesday!
PS: In case you were wondering…on many of my photos above, I was using my wide angle lens adapter: Opteka HD2 0.20X Fisheye. If you’re considering a wide angle or fisheye adapter, this one is decent…but considering the price, you really do get what you pay for and I am still in the market for a wide angle lens. 

    Oh the gorgeous photos and amazing editing just keep coming… I love it! Seriously beautiful work yet again, Ashley!

    These are AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!! I love them!

    I really really love the processing on these photos! All your pictures really make me want to go back to Paris just to take pictures.

    Oh my, the last one left me breathless. And love the second one from the Crypt. Have I told you how glad I am you went on vacation ;)

    Beautiful photos!

    nice shots

    Wow I love these. Do you have a fisheye filter on your lens for some of these? I love your edits! Oh and I just started my first link up, if you’d like to come check it out! :)

    These are fantastic and awesome – as always! :-)

    That last shot just captures France perfectly! I love it. I love the line of fence or whatever it is at the bottom of the photo too. Great one!

    WOW…really beautiful. I love that street scene, too!

    I LOVE that last shot!

    You are so good with going through all your vacation pictures and editing them.

    Wow, Ashley, stunning!! Seriously, I have moved France up on my places to go list!! These are just gorgeous!

    These are phenomenal! I love the last one, and the perspective on all of them is wonderful. Really beautiful work Ashley!

    These are amazing. They look like vintage post cards. :)

    Wonderful Ashley! Can’t wait to see the rest!

    Oh my. These are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! It feels so dreamy and so very real. These are stunning.

    Gorgeous shots! I want to go back but it is nice to see through your lens.

    You have made Paris look so dreamy and beautiful!!!

    again table top material right here. great job ashley! love the shots of jeremy!

    I’m speechless. (0:

    Oh so beautiful and I love your edits! I’ve been to Paris twice and I long to go back!

    Beautiful! I love your processing and your perspectives. I am hoping you are making these into an album or something!

    These vacation photos are absolutely amazing – I’m with Tara – hope you are making a book of them . . .

    Gorgeous as always! That last one is to die for!

    Love these shots…so great!

    Love the photos and the history! I always thought it was strange (a little eery) when we visited cathedrals in France and Germany and would wander around the crypt downstairs. Who can’t think of the old TV show “Tales from the Crypt”. Gives me goosebumps.

    I love the muted tones in all of these photos…they have such a historic and timeless feel to them. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of your vacation photos ;)

    WOWZERS. Simply stunning architecture. Your processing is fantastic! Did I miss how you’re doing it – an action? These are just incredible. Love seeing Europe through your lens. :)

    Oh my gorgeous pics!!!! I love the last one Especially!! I want to frame it and put it on my wall :)
    Happy Tuesday!

    Magnifique! And your photography skills just add lustre!


    amazing photos and editing! looks like out of a magazine or a painting on the wall!

    Beautiful photos. I feel like I was there!

    Gorgeous! I’m loving going on this trip with you guys lol, especially since it’s on my list to visit.

    Wow! That is just amazing!

    Oh I love these pictures! I’ve wanted to visit the Pantheon right after I read “The Da Vinci code”
    This looks so gorgeous and I’m loving your new interesting processing!
    BTW, I added a linky to Photo Share tuesday.

    So love the affects you have been putting on your photos. Perfect! Love that last one.

    OK, first the obvious: AMAZING.

    Second…your Europe pics have taught me something very important. Whenever we travel, I wait and wait and try to get a shot with no random people in it. I think one of my favorite aspects of your pics IS the people in them! It adds life to the shots, a “feel”, a mood, a sense of perspective … I don’t know…you know I’m horrible with words – LOL!

    I’m really going to look at my shots differently when we go to FL next time (March – BABY!!!!). Really learned something here! ♥♥ Gorgeous shots as always! XO

    I can’t pic a favorite. They are all amazing!

    I tell you, I’m loving this vacation you’ve been taking me on these past weeks – you are an excellent holiday companion. Amazing and clever photos – every one of them.

    Beautiful! Love the wide angle.

    Wonderfull fotos, greeting from belgium

    amazing clicks…dropping by from your post on Misty’s blog.glad to have found you.

    Ahhhh… I am even more in love with Paris now. These are absolutely breath taking Ashley!

    Another great post and photos. V

    What an amazing place to visit. Love the photos!

    That last shot is my fav..

    gorgeous pictures as usual ;)

    Great shots and terrific processing!

    I love all of the details you captured, and that last image is perfection!

    I have starred all of your posts from your trip so that I can go though them carefully and I finally have time tonight to do so! So excited to live through your trip! Gorgeous photos as always Ashley!

    Gorgeous photos! I can’t imagine how inspiring it was to be there.

    AGAIN- WOW!!!!! Now I am really itching to find some beauty someplace :)

    So beautiful Ashley. I love these so much. I love the ones you took of Jeremy taking photos. I think my favorite is that last photo.

    More gorgeousness! I love seeing Paris through your camera lens!

    wow. you are a master, and your photos leave me inspired and motivated to do better. thanks for stopping by my place and saying hello…it’s truly an honor Ashley. happy day to you.

    Beautiful photos! I love the feel of them and thank you for sharing some history :o). I have an altered tones (BW, sepia, etc.) link up that you might be interested in joining.

    Oh man, these are fabulous! I never managed to make it into the Pantheon when I was in Paris, so I’m so glad that I’m able to see it through your eyes (and lens)!

    Another wonderful set! I’m loving all the colors in that last shot.

    so gorgeous!

    Wow! Grand virtual trip. Thanks!

    That first set is AMAZING, seriously

    These are some of my favorite shots you’ve shared so far, absolutely gorgeous.

    Love looking through your lens!

    Amazing set of pictures, Ashley. Love how you captured the details and also included the ‘bigger’ views. Fabulous colors and your b&w’s are just wonderful.

    I’m trying really hard to play “blog catch up”! I am SO loving your vacation pictures! They are simply amazing and are making me want to take a trip. . . NOW!!!

    Probably won’t have time to comment on all the posts, but please know. . . I’m stalking! LOL!

    These are all gorgeous, but the last is my very favorite! :0)

    GORGEOUS photos!!!!!!
    Wow I LOVE them all!

    And the last picture is super AWESOME!

    I sooooooooooooo want to go there too!

    Wow. Totally gorgeous.

    I’m in awe of the architecture. My little tornado-struck town has had to tear down some of our “heritage” buildings due to damage.. and they’re from the 1800’s. We don’t really have any “old” buildings in North America, when you stop and think about it.

    lovin’ traveling across Europe with you… and really seeing it (feeling like I’m there) – you’ve captured the atmosphere so well in all of these posts…

    I’m liking and then again… hum-ing the fisheye ones… they both intrigue me and then again, just don’t seem “normal” — but then, isn’t that the point of fisheye??? but I don’t think it’s just your shots… I’m thinking it’s most everyone’s fisheyes that I”m “eh, ok, cool” about…

    oye. better stop before my hole gets deeper. xoxo

    The Pantheon is a favorite of mine and I’ve viewed so many photos in the past. I think it’s a building that is perfect for hdr processing and I’ve viewed many like that. Yours Ashley are just as good.