Paris, is, quite frankly, a wonderful city. Stuffed with sights, cafes, and baguette wielding locals, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most visited cities in the world.
Today’s post is a photo essay from a weekend I spent in Paris recently. We had what could best be described as “variable” weather, but we managed to get out and see some of the sights and get some photos all the same!
Here are ten of my favourites from the trip, starting with the shot above of the River Seine and Notre Dame, and moving on to:
The Wall of Peace, or Mur pour La Paix This is a modern art installation at the far end of the Parc Du Champ Mars, by the Eiffel Tower, with the Military School visible behind it. The wall has the word peace inscribed on it in 32 languages, and when we visited, had just the right light on it!
Speaking of the Eiffel Tower, you can’t visit Paris without spotting her at some point. A handy view is from the Trocadero, which put her into perspective nicely. She’s tough to shoot differently, given how many photographers have captured her over her lifetime, but I did my best!
Speaking of hills, this one in Paris has one of the best views in the city. Plus the basilica on the top isn’t too bad, either. It’s Montmartre of course, with this shot being of the Sacre Coeur. It’s a fun neighbourhood, with lots to see and do, and is a particularly fine place to watch the sunset.
A popular option for sight seeing in Paris is to take a ride down the River Seine. It’s also a good way to get around the city, as there are a number of stopping points along the river.
The love lock craze has had Europe gripped since the early noughties, and Paris is certainly no exception, with the Pont Des Arts bridge near the Louvre actually starting to crumble under the weight. This bridge, behind Notre Dame, has also succumbed, with locks attached to locks. Still, it’s nice to know there’s a lot of love in the world!
We didn’t actually go in to the Moulin Rouge. But we stood outside and took a picture. It’s more impressive in the movie.
Pere LaChaise is one of the most famous graveyards in Paris, home to such celebrities as Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. Getting in to the place is pretty tough these days if you’re dead, as space is limited (over a million people are buried in the main cemetery). It’s a calming place to wander, and worth a visit if you’re in town.
Ah, the Louvre. A gorgeous glass pyramid encircled by miles of art stuffed corridors. Ok, so I’ve never been in. But I do like to peer from the outside.
Finally, all those dramatic skies of course meant that we had our fair share of rain during our stay. But Paris is still rather nice, even in the rain. Here’s the view across the city from the top of Montmartre.
Well, those were my photographic reasons to visit Paris. If that’s not enough for you, take a look at this great post from some fellow bloggers, who outline their top things to do in Paris. And, if you’re visiting Paris for a little while, do check out the Paris Pass. It’s a great way to save money on attractions during your stay. Find out more about the different types of passes and which work for you in this post.