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The Finest Paris Pictures Areas


A Photographer’s Information to Paris

The place to take stunning footage in Paris

Paris evokes a sense of surprise. Avenues exude French character; monuments painting magnificence with gothic structure, to not point out the Parisian rooftops, cafes and gardens.

Photographing Paris is unquestionably a journey by means of time and also you’ll need to go to well-known icons and distinctive areas to safe the most effective view potential of this unbelievable metropolis.

What began out as my high 5 areas quickly developed into extra of a information to the unbelievable sights and hidden gems you possibly can {photograph} across the French capital. It’s positively too exhausting to slender this listing down any additional so be sure you give your self a couple of days to discover all that this stunning metropolis has to supply.

Beneath you will see that an inventory of the most effective images areas in Paris alongside a group of pictures I’ve personally taken at each.

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** Paris Pictures Location Map: Scroll to the underside of this information for a Google Map with a urged strolling route + all Paris images areas mapped out to your subsequent go to to this attractive metropolis. There’s additionally a helpful little part with hyperlinks to different photogenic areas in France!

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Pont de Bir Hakeim Another one of my favourite locations is this bridge which is perfectly located right near the Eiffel Tower across the River Seine. From Pont de Bir Hakeim you get a direct view towards the Eiffel Tower and there’s usually some gorgeous houseboats moored along the river to add something extra to your shot. The bridge itself has some shiny black railings that are great to use for creating your own reflections by spilling some water and making little puddles! The bridge has a central section with ornate arches that repeat their way along under the railway. This is a great subject to use for framing the Eiffel Tower and also capturing people passing by on their bicycles. Photo Tip: Take a water bottle to create puddles along the railings, the surface is perfect for creating reflections so you don’t even need to wait for a rainy day! When to visit: This is one of those spots that’s rarely popular at sunset so it’s a great time to venture away from the crowds of Trocadero and find yourself a great perspective to watch the sky change colours above the Eiffel Tower.


D’accord, allons-y (okay, let’s go!)

Paris Pictures Areas:

#1 Basilique du Sacré-Coeur – Panoramic Views + Sundown

Overlooking your entire metropolis, the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur presents what’s in my view, the most effective view in Paris. Few folks realise you possibly can entry the highest of the dome so at sundown you’ll be sharing with solely a handful of tourists who dared to tackle the 300 stair climb. The height of the dome has a slender walkway that provides you 360degree views, an unbelievable scene to witness because the solar units over Paris. Make sure you verify closing instances earlier than you begin the climb as they differ from month to month and typically even day after day. View the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur web site with additional customer info right here.

Paris Photograph Tip –

In summer time the solar doesn’t set till late within the night, providing the possibility to wander the streets and take in the attractive golden mild. Plan a path to observe or just wander again from Montmartre and get splendidly misplaced alongside the way in which. Learn extra about suggestions for photographing in sundown and golden hour here.

Sacre Coeur Paris

Sacre Coeur Sunset

Sacre Coeur Paris View

The path around the dome with lots of photo windows to see and capture the city from.

The trail across the dome with numerous picture home windows to see and seize the town from.


#2 Saint-Michel + The Latin Quarter – Road Scenes + Cafes

For quaint cobbled streets lined with cafes and eating places that ooze appeal, that is the place to wander. You’ll discover this space simply over the river to the south of Notre Dame. Roam alongside Rue de la Bûcherie and Rue Saint- Séverin for pictures of conventional Crêperies and road scenes.

Paris Photograph Tip –

Wander from the banks of the Seine in direction of Tour Montparnasse to go by a variety of the highlights of Saint-Germain-des-Pres and Left Financial institution. Learn extra about my adventures photographing the Left Financial institution of Paris right here.

Saint-Michel Street Scene Paris

Left Bank Paris Photographs from the Seine to Tour Montparnasse

Saint-Michel Paris

 


#3 Montmartre – Artisans + French Character

The most effective locations to take footage in Paris and residential to resident creatives and road artists, Montemartre is the epitome of French character. At first look it would seem to be a vacationer frenzy however when you enterprise away from the Place du Tertre (artist sq.) you’ll discover a village like ambiance with a novel atmosphere not like anyplace else in Paris. Have a peek on the cute pink restaurant ‘La Maison Rose’ and the draping vines alongside Abreuvoir Road then head all the way down to the windmill of Moulin de la Galette on the nook of Rue Lepic and Rue Girardon.

Paris Photograph Tip –

Visiting Montmartre within the early afternoon offers you loads of time to wander the streets after which benefit from the altering ambiance as night approaches. Road images alternatives are nice round lunch time then once more as soon as the crowds begin showing for dinner.

Montmartre Street

Montmartre Place du Tetre

Montmartre Paris


#4 Notre Dame Cathedral – Low mild interiors and panoramic metropolis views

*Replace  01/05/2019 – Because of the fireplace inside Notre Dame in April 2019, it’s not potential to at present entry this magnificence from the within. You’ll be able to nonetheless nonetheless see and {photograph} Notre Dame from varied spots alongside the banks of the Seine River.

One of many most interesting examples of French Gothic structure, Notre Dame is an important picture cease in Paris, even when you can’t enterprise inside. Benefit from glowing morning mild alongside the Seine and head straight for Pont Saint-Michele the place you’ll have a phenomenal vantage level towards Notre Dame. The roof and spire in the back of Notre Dame had been broken probably the most within the fireplace, nonetheless the entrance towers are nonetheless as they had been, albeit with a little bit extra scaffolding.

I’ll additionally point out my description from previous to the fireplace as I liked visiting Notre Dame and hope that in the future, when you haven’t already, you’ll be capable of go inside too. The inside is dimly lit providing shadowed arches, intricate detailing and patterned flooring. If you happen to arrive early sufficient within the day (earlier than 10am) you’ll keep away from prolonged queues to climb to the highest of the cathedral…an absolute should for a wonderful view! Climbing the slender staircase to the highest is an expertise in itself then when you arrive to the open air walkway circling the tower you’ll be greeted with views alongside the Seine River all the way in which to the Eiffel Tower. My favorite angle was wanting down upon the Parisian rooftops the place the Gargoyles sit, such a novel solution to view the town! Be warned nonetheless it’s extremely popular and might really feel a little bit rushed because of teams being ushered by means of to keep away from congestion.

Notre Dame ParisNotre Dame Gargoyles Notre Dame Exterior

Notre Dame 2022 - Image by Google

Up to date picture by Google – A present view of the development at Notre Dame. It’s greatest to {photograph} from Pont Saint-Michel in the intervening time to seize the entrance facades, compose your picture to exclude the cranes/scaffolding and as an alternative {photograph} Notre Dame with the Seine within the foreground. *Except you prefer to doc the development, through which case you’ll discover many angles to do that from!


#5 Eiffel Tower – Iconic Scenes + Photograph Areas

I’m fairly certain that when you’re going to Paris you need not less than one shot of the magical Eiffel Tower, proper? Nicely the good information is you’ll see this mighty icon popping up from totally different vantage factors all around the metropolis. The preferred spot is in fact proper beneath it or from the gardens of the Champ de Mars however when you’re searching for someplace totally different listed here are a couple of choices…

  • Printemps Division Retailer. Catch the elevator as much as the rooftop café and luxuriate in views over the Parisian roof tops with the Eiffel Tower standing tall behind them.
  • Chaillot Hill and the Trocadéro. You positively gained’t be alone right here however the view is difficult to beat and you need to use the Fontaine de Varsovie (Warsaw Fountain) as a terrific topic to compose your picture in opposition to the Eiffel Tower.
  • The banks of the Seine. Stroll alongside the river banks to take some distinctive pictures of the Eiffel Tower framed with timber, as boats go by or only a diversified metropolis scene from the norm.

Learn extra – “Views: 14 Locations to {Photograph} the Eiffel Tower in Paris

The Eiffel Tower framed by the Warsaw Fountains.

The Eiffel Tower framed by the Warsaw Fountains.

The Eiffel Tower peeking from behind the Carousel on the banks of the Seine River.

The Eiffel Tower peeking from behind the Carousel on the banks of the Seine River.


#6 The Louvre – Historical past + Structure

As a central landmark in Paris and probably the most inspirating Paris images areas, the Louvre was initially constructed as a fortress within the 12th century. Now probably the most visited museum on this planet housing over 30,000 objects from historical past, you can spend all day right here taking images and that’s simply the inside. Exterior are the superbly landscaped areas, The Carrousel Backyard and The Tuileries. When the climate warms up you’ll discover folks sharing picnics and absorbing the solar within the gardens creating a terrific ambiance! The Cour Carrée is one other nice picture location throughout the Louvre advanced. This sq. courtyard was accomplished by King Louis XIV as a part of the ‘Outdated Louvre’ and is ideal for composing linear angles.

The Louvre Paris

The Louvre Paris Hall

The Louvre Gardens

The Louvre Art


#7 Jardin du Luxembourg – Fountains + Gardens

A inexperienced oasis amongst the 6th arrondissement of Paris, the Jardin du Luxembourg is understood for tree lined promenades and chestnut groves. The right place to set your self up for the day to seize way of life pictures and have a picnic on the identical time! You’ll additionally discover little crusing boats accessible for rent to drift round within the fountain in entrance of the Palais du Luxembourg. Fontaine Medicis is nestled in a little bit nook and is nicely value a peek too.

Paris Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg


#8 Avenue des Champs-Élysées – Night Gradual Movement Photographs

Maybe probably the most well-known road on this planet, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is bustling all through the day with consumers, vacationers and locals visiting the shops and workplaces that reside right here. The most effective time of day to {photograph} right here can be within the night as soon as the shops have closed and the streets are a little bit emptier. You’ll discover the attractive Arc de Triomphe sitting fairly on the high of the road ready to be photographed because the site visitors lights glow beneath. In the midst of the street are pedestrian islands so you possibly can cease and take gradual movement pictures with out worrying about being hit by a automobile!

Arc de Triomphe and The Champs Elysees


#9 The Paris Metro – Murals + Structure

Beneath the streets of Paris you’ll discover artistic areas and tunnels to {photograph}. In fact not each metro station is picturesque however some are little gems of creativity with murals, themed designs and artwork nouveau entrances. If you happen to really feel like coaching it across the metropolis take a peek at Arts et Métiers, Saint-Michel, Varenne (Rodin Museum), Concorde (designed as an enormous phrase puzzle), Abbesses and Cité stations.

Paris Metro Station

Paris Metro


#10 Marché aux fleurs Reine Elisabeth II

A flower markert on Ile de la Cite – A bit oasis simply close to Notre Dame

Nestled in a quiet sq. one block away from Notre Dame is the tranquil Marché aux fleurs Reine Elisabeth II market of Paris, certainly one of my favorite Paris images areas. Right here you’ll discover what looks like a greenhouse of desires with so many blooming florals in rigorously organized bunches, it’s exhausting to consider you’re proper within the centre of the town. Little inexperienced market stalls hyperlink collectively to type a maze of all issues gardening and decor, boy is it photogenic!


 

#11 Galeries Lafayette Haussmann

Positioned on Boulevard Haussmann within the Opera district, this division retailer is a buying dream! It’s additionally for photographers, go to for the spectacular theatre-like design within the centre of the shop, a blinding bazaar! Take the steps to the highest stage for views throughout the town, it’s outside panoramic deck presents an alternate view of the Eiffel Tower and also you’ll be capable of seize spectacular pictures above the Palais Garnier.

 


Different notable Paris images Areas –

Marché Mouffetard: A slender road market described by Hemingway as ‘A Moveable Feast’. Vibrant contemporary meals stalls and a vibrant ambiance!

Place de la Concorde: A major thoroughfare for vacationer buses and pedestrians, it is a good spot to take a seat on the stone partitions and watch the world go by. Positioned on the finish of the The Tuileries Backyard not removed from the Louvre, it’s an enormous public sq. embellished with fountains. Aspect observe…you’ll additionally discover THE greatest public bathroom in Paris right here on the entrance to the backyard. I’m not even joking, you’ll thank me later!

Palace of Versailles: A 40minute practice journey out of the town will take you to the Palace of Versailles, an extravagant royal chateau. Have a peek inside right here.

Lodge de Ville: The city corridor of Paris is house to the town’s administration workplaces nonetheless it’s exterior is much much less boring. Wanting extra like a palace, the Lodge de Ville includes a attractive Gothic roof and in winter it’s the backdrop to an enormous ice skating rink…it appears stunning lit up within the night too!

Le Stade Roland Garros: Even when you’re not on the town for the French Open in Might, Roland Garros is a good day journey for tennis followers like me! You may get fortunate and see a match or take a tour behind the scenes. Catch the Metro to Porte d’Auteuil and wander the beautiful space and parks too!

St Etienne du Mont: A powerful Gothic church with distinctive particulars corresponding to stone spiral staircases and big stained glass window panels…mild and ethereal.

Galeries Vivienne: A hidden little arcade off Rue Des Petits Champs stuffed with character.

Roland Garros

Roland Garros…tennis followers get your self right here!

Galeries Lafayette Paris

The ceiling of Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

Hotel de Ville in winter

Lodge de Ville in winter

Galeries Vivienne

Galeries Vivienne (picture from Google Maps)

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Palace of Versailles

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The courtyard of Versailles Palace


The place to Keep in Paris

When masking quite a few Paris images areas, there are in fact hundreds of motels, flats and boutique properties to decide on between relying on which areas swimsuit you greatest. For me, there’s one spot I like to remain when photographing Paris. Proper close to the Eiffel Tower. Not solely as a result of this iconic magnificence is true exterior the window, however since you’re near the Seine and a brief stroll from among the most stunning areas within the metropolis.

Mercure Paris Central Tour Eiffel In case you are searching for someplace fabulous to remain in Paris that doesn’t break the price range BUT presents views of the Eiffel Tower out of your room I’ve discovered simply the place! The Mercure Paris Central Tour Eiffel shouldn’t be solely a cool and actually comfy lodge however it’s positioned one block from the Eiffel Tower! Out of your room you possibly can watch because the tower sparkles earlier than you drift off to sleep, solely to wake and watch the dawn glow behind the French icon. As a result of I solely listing locations I’ve personally stayed, be sure you ask for room #1031, #1131 or #1211 for the most effective views of the Eiffel Tower! To verify room charges go to – Mercure Paris Central Tour Eiffel

Take a peek on the view from the room…


Take me with you: Maps to Paris Pictures Areas

Map: DIY Paris Photograph Stroll

Begin your strolling tour in Saint-Michel then stroll to all the main websites of Paris, ending on the Luxembourg Gardens. This stroll takes over 4hours with out picture stops or going into museums and so forth, so I extremely advocate breaking it up into a couple of days! In case you are quick on time, soar on the metro to zip between areas simply.

Map: Paris Pictures Areas

Now when you’re extra into catching the metro or selecting which areas you need to see, here’s a map to all the images areas listed beneath on this information. It is best to be capable of click on open this map and add your personal areas, or create a customized strolling tour. By clicking the ‘add instructions’ button on the map it can deliver up a Level A + Level B to work out instructions for driving or public transport.


Paris Pictures Assets + Different Photogenic Areas in France

For all different articles regarding Paris and France, take a peek at my France Archives.

 

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