Inside Passages

More than just a way to get from one point to another, inside passages sometimes intrigue me by their design, visual effects, or historical significance. These photos were taken of passages that compelled me to stop and take a shot while visiting the landmarks where they’re located.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

There are 284 steps that lead to a terrace at the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It’s well worth a climb up this spiral staircase to see the spectacular views of Paris in every direction. In a previous article, A Star for the Soldier, there is more information and a few photos of the views at night.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace, England

Intended as a residence for the Archbishop of York, Cardinal Wolsey, construction began on Hampton Court Palace in 1514. However, it was later turned over to Henry VIII as a royal palace. This staircase located off of the Horn Room (named for its display of elk horns) leads down to the kitchens. I can’t help but imagine the servants climbing those steps to bring dinner to Henry VIII and his court and think about the stories they could tell.

Jungfraujoch Ice Palace

Jungfraujoch Ice Palace, Switzerland

Located in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps, Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe. From the station, you can enter the Ice Palace, a cavern carved out of a glacier with an extensive and eclectic display of ice sculptures. This photo was taken in a passage within the Ice Palace.

Fort Point National Historic Site

Fort Point, San Francisco

Fort Point in San Francisco was built during the California Gold Rush between 1853 and 1861 to protect San Francisco Bay from foreign attacks, although the fort never actually saw any battles. The photo is taken looking down the hallway that passes through the officers’ quarters. I liked the visual effect of the series of doorways.

The Louvre

The gorgeous hallways of the Louvre are often crowded with visitors as they move from one exhibition to another and gaze at art treasures throughout.

Crowd at the Louvre

What you don’t expect to see at the Louvre is an empty hallway. This photo was taken further along the hall just minutes after the first one.

Empty hallway at the Louvre

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45 thoughts on “Inside Passages

  1. Steve

    Beautiful pictures, but how you resisted the urge to take a run and slide down that ice palace hallway on your stomach is beyond me. You obviously have far more willpower than I do.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Actually, Steve, the thought never occurred to me, since I wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t slip and fall. But if you go there, I hope that you’ll do it! 🙂

  2. Leigh

    What an interesting selection of shots – and as you say you wonder what transpired back in the day. Love!! the shot in Switzerland and hadn’t appreciated that the Louvre was THAT busy now. What a treat to see a quiet hallway.

    1. Cathy Post author

      I understand that the Louvre can be even busier than that photo shows — we were there in December. But it was nice that there were some areas that were very quiet. A matter of timing, I guess.

    1. Cathy Post author

      The ice palace seems to be the popular one in this post! Glad you liked the doorways, too. I always liked that photo, but never had an opportunity to publish it.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Another vote for the ice palace! Glad you like the Arc’s staircase photo too. I wish it was a little sharper, but that’s what you get with a point and shoot in a dark area sometimes. 🙂

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks, I thought that the contrast at the Louvre was pretty remarkable. Seems like it would have been an entirely different time and day!

  3. Laura

    The views from the Arc de Triomphe are breathtaking indeed, but there are definitely way too many stairs. I’m not sure I’m climbing them a second time. Not to mention that the space is so narrow… not good for the claustrophobic me.

  4. Turkey's For Life

    Great idea for a post, Cathy. Can’t believe we didn’t go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe when we were in Paris. We’re bad tourists! 😉 That stairway is definitely my favourite. Beautiful. We’ll have to go back to Paris not just so I can see them for myself.

  5. Nancie

    Fabulous shots, Cathy. I did the train ride up Jung Frau back in the 1970’s. I remember an observation deck, but not the ice palace. I wonder if it was built later (or if my memory has faced).

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks, Nancie. You made me curious about how long the Ice Palace has been there. So far, I haven’t found an answer to that. Back to Google …..

  6. Adrian

    I like the idea of your post too but mostly I think that the last two photos are very interesting – curious how a crowded place like a hallway at the Louvre can be empty even for just a few moments during visiting hours.

  7. noel

    Wow, that was a fascinating tour, I loved the Louvre busy and then another hallway and no-one is there, there are so many areas that are not visited just because the iconic pieces are not there, but it is fantastic for photography. Thanks for sharing this post!

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