Fresh new year, fresh new start! I’m not going to go on about the New Year’s resolutions and promise myself things I won’t actually follow. I decided this year to literally take it one step at a time. And when you’re it taking step by step, might as well enjoy the surroundings. What is better than roaming though the streets of a city and snapping shots left and right, taking in all it has to offer? And what better city to get lost into than Paris. It’s been almost a decade since my last visit there and I can’t tell you how much I missed it. Even though I visited a lot of beautiful places, Paris still holds top spot in my heart.
This time I only had a couple of days to rekindle my love for the City of Lights, but sometimes that is all you need. I’ve done the main attractions twice already, and while I could spend two days just in Louvre, I decided to keep it short and simple and wander mostly around Montmartre.
You can go about Montmartre one of two ways. First, you can go with the flow straight up the hill, take a selfie in front of the Basilica, get tricked into getting your sketch drawn or coerced into buying a colorful bracelet, spend a ton of money on little knick-knack and tick this place off your list. Or…. there is the second way, that I recommend. Get off the subway at Blanche (M2) or Anverse (M2) and just “get lost” on the streets. As long as you keep heading towards Sacre Coeur (the big white church on top of the hill) you should be good. I would say you should start at Anverse and finish your exploration at Blanche in the evening. Seeing Moulin Rouge all lit up is quite spectacular and makes for some great shots (you’ll see what I mean a few pictures below).
But since this is intended to be more of a photo blog post, I’ll keep the blabbing at a minimum and let you enjoy beautiful Paris through my lens. I hope these 15 photos will spark you Parisian spirit, will turn on “La vie en rose“ in your head, and with spring closing in, maybe you’ll book your next trip to the French capital city.
I couldn’t leave Paris without checking out Trocadero, Notre-Dame and the banks of Siene and adding to my collection of night shots some beautiful views of the City of Lights.
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I really enjoy walking, but in Paris, distances can be a bit overwhelming sometimes, if you are tired, or you have a tight schedule. So if you are staying for a week-end, I suggest you grab yourself a 10 ticket booklet that costs 14.90€. If you feel you will use more than 5 tickets a day, you can get a 2 days transport pass for 19.50€. Look only for the 1-3 zones. That’s your “target area”. Frankly I didn’t use 10 tickets, but then again I love walking. For more info about the public transport costs click here.
If this isn’t your first visit in Paris and you are staying for just a couple days, select an area an wander around on foot. No rush. Just take in the city. Enjoy the architecture and the views.
Want to get those awesome night shots? Arm yourself with a tripod and patience.