Look up any list of the most photographed cities in the world, and you’ll find Paris in the top three, usually along with New York and London. And for good reason: every street is a work of art.
Even if the Eiffel Tower has been photographed millions of times, we all bring something new to it. And besides, how can you tell the story of visiting Paris without seeing the tower? It is the symbol of the city, even more so than Big Ben in London or the Chrysler Building in New York.
The tower looms over the entire city, but where do we go to get the best shot?
Let’s break it down, with ten tips for the best of Paris.
It’s nice to be on the ground and looking straight at the tower, but I guarantee you’ll be able to see it better from three prime locations. Better so called. du Trocadéro, directly across the Seinne from the tower. It is a fine group of gardens and fountains, on top of a hill, looking majesty down. You simply can’t beat the view.
There’s a really cool alternative look at the tower to the left of Trocadero, on a little side street a few blocks up the road.
Address: 2 Av. de camones. Pictured below, early morning.
the third place? Read on.
Pictured above: These steps lead to the slick.
Arc de Triomphe
You can also get a great view of the Eiffel from here, on top of the monument. I climbed all the steps to the top (nearly 200 of them) to look at the tower. At night, (it’s the top shot in the collage above) it’s hard to beat. Beyond the climb, photographing the monument is quite simple. Stand in front of the building and look up, or position yourself down champions–Elysees, by looking at her. Many of the people I saw got into the middle of the street, with moving cars on either side, just to get the shot. Nobody bothered them.
Alexander III Bridge
This is my favorite monument in Paris, with its amazing historical statues, sculptures and beautiful lamps. Walk across the bridge (if you’re on the Eiffel Tower side), step back and you’ll see a great view of the city with the bridge in the foreground and the tower radiating proudly.
The best neighborhood in Paris is an open-air market, with little cheeses, chocolates, wine shops, cafes, and bistros. There are also food and creperie markets and of course many boulangerie for baguettes and the like. This walkable area is the way you can imagine it in the past years of os in Paris. Photographer’s dream. In the 7th arrondissement, with the Eiffel Tower a 15-minute walk from here.
Speaking of markets, don’t miss out Marquis delleGree, Huge outdoor operation in the 12th arrondissement, selling fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, kitchen knives and much more. Open your ears, as the vendors will sing to you as you walk. Address: Place d’Aligre, 75012
Where do I go for this? Wherever people congregate in Paris, which is almost everywhere. Respond as the great Paris street photographers did in the 1940s, and capture the magic of the streets. (Or is that “lousy?”)
Paris’ largest garden and cemetery is a sight to see in the 11th arrondissement, with giant “resting places” for the dead, a notable list of which includes Edith Piaf, Frederic Chopin and Jim Morrison.
The hilltop neighborhood gives you a picture-postcard view of Paris from above, an area famous as an artists’ haven. Sit in a neighborhood café and artists will come up to you asking if they can do a sketch. artists like Claude MonetAnd the Edgar DegasAnd the Henri de Toulouse-LautrecAnd the Pablo Picasso And the Vincent Van Gogh spent time here. Architecture is a spectacle dating back hundreds of years.
The view from Bateaux Mouches
A leisurely boat ride on the Seine will give you an amazing view of Paris, from a different angle.
The world’s most visited museum has an impressive collection inside (including the ‘Mona Lisa’) and an elegant pyramid outside that’s also photo-worthy. For fun, get a shot of the smartphone brigade collectively posing for pictures of Lisa. This is something you don’t see in most museums.
Enjoy Paris. How can’t you? And don’t forget, there’s always fresh crepes coming soon.
About the author
Jefferson Graham is a writer and photographer based in Los Angeles, and host of “photoYouTube travel photography series, co-host iPhone Photo Show podcast, former USA TODAY technology columnist and working photographer. You can find more of Jeff’s work at File websiteAnd the FacebookAnd the InstagramAnd the YouTubeAnd the Twitter. This article is also published over here and share with permission.
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