Thursday, 21 January 2016

The best views in Paris



Soooo it's been ages since my last travel post, and ages since my first and last post about our little trip to Paris back in September. I had intended to write this post up a long while ago but then the terror attacks happened to my beautiful little city (I don't know why I say this like I live here or am remotely French, I just have Paris feels). I left it quite a while because when I looked at the photos from our trip it was all I could think about and everything felt a bit 'tainted'. 

Anyway, things have definitely changed since then and I feel like people are flowing back into the city again. I don't want people to feel unsafe or discouraged as it's definitely a bucket list destination for so many. I know myself that I won't be intimidated by these awful people. Politics aside, I thought I'd share what was a unexpected favourite part of our most recent trip - the magnificent view from the Arc de Triomphe.


Maybe I'm biased here because this was the only view we got over the three days that wasn't marred by cloud and rain (thanks September) but I really didn't anticipate that the view from the top would be so stunning. Sacre Coeur and the Eiffel Tower are both higher vantage points but this hit the spot for me. 

From the top of l'Arc de Triomphe you're in a very central position. Look down the Champs Elysess and the shoppers and tourists are bustling, Look up towards La Defense and you'll see the impressive skyscrapers of the business district. The Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur can also be enjoyed in all their glory. We've seen the cityscape from various viewpoints but this took the biscuit.




The weather was perfect (although bloody windy so hold onto your hats), the trees were just starting to turn their varying shades of amber and copper, and I could've spent hours up there spying on the world below, picking out monuments with the telescopes.

A must too is to view the arc from below - not forgetting that it is primarily a war monument, the architecture is also beautiful. 

It's even free to go up if you're an EU citizen under 25 thanks to Paris's generous policy on museums and monuments - just flash your passport at the ticket booth. If you're headed to Paris, pop this on your list.

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2 comments

  1. Your photos are beautiful! I know what you mean about looking back on the pics after the terror attacks though; I used to live in Paris and for weeks after, ever time I glanced at one of my pics from back then, I felt so sad this had happened in a city I love so much! xxx Lucie

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  2. Wow these shots are absolutely perfect!!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

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