Lindsey Tramuta has lived in Paris long enough to have become intimately familiar with the city’s landscape, but not so long that she’s grown blasé about it. The winner of this month’s Paris in Pictures Photo Contest explains her winning photograph in her own words (and we share her two other photographs that the judges also loved):
I’ve lived in Paris for four years and have seen my fair share of spectacular views of the city – a few trips up the Eiffel Tower, countless jaunts to Sacré Coeur and visits to the top of the Centre Pompidou – yet none really compare to the vista I had the opportunity to experience last week.
An interior designer and Francophile twitter buddy of mine from my hometown of Philadelphia was in Paris with her husband for their honeymoon. I received an enthusiastic email from my new friends inviting me for a drink in their just-upgraded hotel room with an unbeatable view that I absolutely needed to see.
Never one to pass up a glass of wine and a tour of a 5-star hotel, I was off to the Westin. As a local, it’s not everyday that I have the opportunity to view Paris from a tourist’s perspective (cue the starry eyes), let alone in luxury. With balconies overlooking the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde and the Eiffel Tower, their cozy little apartment suite helped me rediscover Paris’ breathtaking beauty. Only thing missing? Sunny skies, a plate of aged Comté and a painfully crunchy baguette tradition. But I’ll take what I can get.