Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Nisperos
I can assure you that it would be a great hassle to bring a big tripod here. I suppose it could be done, but permits are required to photograph in most parks and in front of major monuments with a tripod. Multiply that by forty students. As I've posted elsewhere on this form, the thinking seems to be: "Tripod=Professional. Professional=Money. Money="We want our share". !
Confirms my informations:
Pro photogs working in Paris have told me years ago that a tripod can cause trouble when the police passes by. I used it anyway at night at places where the police seldom comes to, but one should know the facts.

Concerning the city itself I'd like to add a thought. What makes Paris so unique is the fact that it is a 4-dimensional place. The first 3 dimensionsn for the geograpical structure, because leaving aside the Banlieus the inner Paris with 2 millions of inahabitants consists of a bunch of several and totally different cities.
the 4th dimensinon is the time. 1000 years of history have left back architectural witnesses, and many many of them are are still there !

It had not worked always as it should have worked ( see Les Halles, Italy Belleville etc) but Paris conserves it's really huge historical heritage with an enormous effort and this makes it unique.

Eugen Atget photgraphed Paris from 1890 to 1925 with a huge old glass plate camera for documentary purposes because he saw his "Old Paris" vanishing. But following his tracks you find more places which stayed untouched then vanished ones, after almost 100 years. Amazing experience.

One should know tho the basics of the Parisian history, especially the last 400 years, otherwise one does not open up the fascination and attraction which is below the touristic surface.
But thisis a prerequisite anyway for all famous cities you want to visit, isn't it ?