Saturday, 7 February 2015

Travel Inspiration: Paris

     This is the first in a new series I've decided to start. I've been lucky enough to travel to quite a few places now - and hopefully will go to many more in the future! The purpose of this series is to inspire others to travel; posts will be largely photo based, as I have heaps of pictures I haven't shared before (focussing on my best ones, or different viewpoints on places). I'll also include a little bit about why I've enjoyed certain places, or highlights to check out. Sometimes a post will feature a city, a region or whole country (mostly depending on country size and how much of it I've seen). First up, the City of Lights: Paris!

     I've been here several times now, first as an 18th birthday trip, a few times while on my year abroad and most recently on my European trip. I still never tire of it, and I'm always finding some new part to explore. Or, I just enjoy revisiting old favourites. Definitely my top city in France.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

The front of Notre Dame may be its most well-known angle, but take a stroll around the whole cathedral to see the gargoyles, and then this, my favourite view of it.

Garden behind Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Interior of Notre Dame cathedral, Paris

Interior of Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

The Sainte-Chapelle may look small from outside, and the queues are huge, but once you're inside this kaleidoscope of stained glass, it's all seems worth it.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Interior of Opera Garnier, Paris

It took me a few visits to Paris before venturing inside the Opera Garnier, but it is truly spectacular.
Also, Paris may be a metropolitan city, but there's loads of green spaces to escape in and relax in the sun, like the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

Chateau de Versailles, Paris

Interior of Chateau de Versailles, Paris

Nothing does decadence quite like Versailles; just a short train ride to the outskirts of Paris, the palace there is magnificent, but the gardens are my favourite part, expansive and beautiful, full of water features and carefully designed arrangements.

Interior of garden building at Chateau de Versailles, Paris

Gardens at the Chateau de Versailles, Paris

Metro station in Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre is one of my favourite districts in Paris; home to artists, and full of lots of quirky shops to get lost in. There's also amazing views from atop the Sacré Coeur and plenty of cabaret shows.

Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, Paris

Musee d'Orsay & River Seine, Paris

Locks of love bridge, Paris

River Seine banks, Paris

Take a walk along the banks of the Seine; it's relaxing down by the water, below the hustle and bustle of the streets. I got the shot below on a boat cruise, and I love the fairytale spires of La Conciergerie against the sunset.

La Conciergerie at sunset from the River Seine, Paris

Eiffel Tower at sunset, Paris

No post about Paris would be complete without the Eiffel Tower. It's an incredible structure from any angle, but I love how powerful and bold it looks as a silhouette in this first picture. It's also beautiful lit up at night in the second photo, and I really like this angle from below.

Eiffel Tower at night, Paris

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