Bonjour mes amours! ~
So Paris is a city super close to Belgium and quickly to reach with the high-speed trains of Thalys. In one hour and half you reach Paris from Brussels! It’s a perfect weekend trip.
I’ve been many times before, but mostly was with school where we visited many museums. Now that I am older, and more focused on travel photography, I wanted to go back to take some cool shots in the French capital.
I made a short list of 10 places I think you have to visit and take your time to create some awesome shots! And the best part is… they are all free to visit! So let’s get started
psssst: If you first want to know more about taking pictures and editing them, read my guide
The first thing that crosses your mind when you think of Paris is off course the Eiffel Tower! And if you want some pretty shots with the focus on the tower, there is no better place than the Trocadero across it. This place can get pretty full with tourists, so you can go early… or wait your turn.
We went around 8-9 am and during Autumn it had such gorgeous sun light behind the tower. It made the shots even more prettier.
2. Pont Alexandre III
One of the prettiest bridges in Paris is the Pont Alexandre III. It is across the Grand and the Petit Palais and it overlooks the Eiffel tower from aside. The bridge is decorated with big black lantern lamps and golden statues. In the middle you can also find an Angel statue.
You can walk from the Eiffel Tower or Trocadero , alongside the Seine river till the bridge.
3. Palais Royal
What used to be a royal palace, now is the Constitutional Council and the Ministry of Culture. You can take a nice walk in the gardens but the popular attraction these days at the Palais Royal are the black and white columns. They have different heights which make it cool to sit of stand on them for the shot.
4. Jardin de Tuileries
The Tuileries gardens is a public garden park between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde. It is especially fun during Autumn to take some pictures because the leaves have beautiful colours.
5. Notre Dame
Who never saw the Disney movie before? It will make you fall in love with this church! The Gothic styled cathedral next to the Seine is known for the many gargoyles. No, they are not alive… but fascinating nonetheless.
If you want to go inside the cathedral, check a less busy time. We went in the afternoon and the line was huuuuuge. If you like to skip the line and just have some pictures with the gorgeous cathedral at the background, just take a walk down next to the river and you won’t be disappointed.
The Montmartre is actually a hill in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. On top of it you find the famous white Sacre Coeur church. I’ve seen this church too much in my life and even got lost inside of it when I was 8 years old, I must say I didn’t want more pictures of it. The only picture I took at the Sacre coeur is of the red Parisian house with the optical illusion that it isn’t straight if you shoot it from the grass of the hill at the church.
I rather explore this adorable area instead! It was rainy that day but that didn’t bother us. We actually took some nice shots there with the umbrella. and when it started raining heavily, we just entered a cute cafe to warm up with a hot home-made chocolate.
If you want an artistic memory of Paris, this is the place where artists can sketch you a caricature. Just don’t let them trap you with high prices!
Oh!! Also don’t forget to see ” La Maison Rose”, or the pink house. So cute!
7. Rue de l’Université
Rue de L’Université is a cool street where you have a close Eiffel Tower view with an urban Paris feeling. This is also where I made a mistake using Google Maps… and got off at a random station at this street. The problem is… IT IS SO FREAKING LONG… we walked all the way to the beginning. So make sure you get off closest to the Eiffel Tower as possible. After taking your shots, you can just walk up to the Eiffel Tower to take some more!
8. Louvre Pyramids
So yeah… I saw the Mona Lisa before with school… let me tell you… it isn’t a big deal. Literally… it is quite a small painting! It is always so busy to see it anyway, starting from a huge line to enter the museum. Sure it has wonderful art pieces at your display. if you want to go, just get there as early as possible.
We first didn’t want to take pictures at the Louvre. But as we were walking back that direction anyway, we decided to take a break there and just do some tourist watching. We ended up taking some pictures anyway and I must say they were quite nice!
9. Galerie de Lafayette
Galerie de Lafayette is a group of buildings that serve as a shopping mall. With range from high-class brands to more affordable brands. If you go all the way up to the terrace for free, you have an amazing view on the city and the Eiffel Tower in the background.
We went in the late afternoon where the sun started to set and the light was magical. I am not a pro photographer yet and nor do I want to be. But I like what I got from that terrace!
10. Rue Cremieux
The last spot is one I learned of this year through Instagram! It is not in the center center ( I mean you can’t walk to it, so take a tram!) but is worth visiting. You can say it is a rainbow road, as it is one street with the houses painted in many different colours! some are more decorated than others with extra paintings on them.
It is a super adorable spot that is more and more popular for fashion and Instagram shots, I understand why!
*Extra food tip*
I’ve seen them popping up on Instagram: the delicious looking eclairs of L’eclair de Génie.
They costs more than the double as a regular eclair, about 5 euros per piece… but boy let me tell you it was worth it. Not that I am an eclair connoisseur, but each one tasted heavenly. You can get a box of six for 29 euros. If you rather have smaller ones to taste, they also sell mini eclairs.
That was my little picture-taking guide of Paris. We only had 2 days and it was a fast trip to make so I focused on the trending and popular spots.
I know this city has so much more to offer. If you have other less known spots for cool pictures, please let me know for next time I go!
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~ Merci beaucoup et Au revoir ❤