Paris and the Iron lady ; this will forever be top of the mind association of the city of light and love.  Your first time here you want to go see for yourself if all that you’ve seen in postcards and movies and heard stories about is as real.

La tour Eiffel (French pronunciation – la toor aiffelle), you’ll take note as you walk around the city, is so huge that it’s reasonably visible from many a corner, street and rooftop.

You could approach the Eiffel from Champs de Mars or its opposite side the Trocadéro gardens, for a full distant view while still having your feet on the ground. A scenic view from across bridges bir hakeim or pont alexander iii is also breathtaking. Then there are spectacular skyline views of Paris and the Eiffel that you can witness from atop any of the following buildings; montparnese observation tower, the roof of Sacré coeur church at montmartre, the rooftop of notre dame church (may close for renovation soon), Galaries Lafayette mall roof, a few starred hotels around the tower or the special toits of apartments that a few locals or photographers will know of and have access to. Next you must decide where you’d like to take in the view of the tower from, separately during the day and night.

A must have experience ~ ride up the tower.  I’d suggest to get in line early in the day to be among the first ones. The tickets are €11 and €17 to get to the 1st and 2nd level of the tower by elevators and €7 if you wish to take the stairs. You also have the option of paying an extra fee to any local tour company in the city who offer skip the line guided tours.

Now, my favourite topic ~ getting those snapshots .

Everyone wants that perfect snap with the Iron lady dressed in lace. So come prepared if you want that dream come true, totally in awe, iconic capture. Plan your outfit , your photographer or how you’re going to click the pic and the place or places you’re going to shoot. Keep in mind always that the key is to enjoy the moment and that will reflect in your pictures.

“TOP PHOTO HOT SPOTS – SAY CHEESE “

a) Trocadéro garden

Take centre stage if you arrive here at sunrise or real early in the morning. It is the time when you’re most likely to find no crowds except for professional photographers with their clients. You could pose on the steps staring at the Eiffel or near the centrepiece fountain with its 20 water cannons or take a walk down and sit on a park bench, having the green trees add to the beauty of the picture or walk on closer to the tower and sit on the carrousel to get a playful snapshot. Don’t forget to enjoy the view. Come back here after sunset to watch the Eiffel light up and twinkle. Witnessing this for the first time will definitely take your breath away. It’s simply magical. You can enjoy a simple baguette cheese and wine sitting in this garden under the glow of the Eiffel.

 

b) Champs de Mars garden 

 

In spring summer these are open to public so you can have a picnic here and lie on the green grass, enjoy the day, soak in the sun and have gorgeous close shots with the Iron lady. You could get the distant view of the tower or stand right under it and get someone to take a click from ground level up.

c) Pont de bir-hakeim 

Popularly you may know this as the Inception bridge because it featured in the movie. The view of the tower from here is beautiful over the river Seine. The metro line runs on the upper level and motor vehicles below. You must be careful at the lower level and wait for the stop signal, so that you don’t get the traffic in your way while taking photographs.

d) Pont Alexandre III  

This is my most favourite bridge in the city. It is pretty beyond words. You must see it to believe it.

The bridge, be it day or night looks straight out of a fairytale. The Eiffel at a distance simply adds to the whole view.

e) Avenues with Eiffel as a backdrop

Finally, for a more casual or chic street stylish look, walk down one of the avenues near the Eiffel such as Avenue de la Bourdonnais, Square Rapp or Boulevard de la Maubourg. You’ll find the tower appearing to peek out across from cute Parisian buildings and cafés, providing the perfect place to strike a pretend pose like a chic Parisian out for the day .

 

 


20 Comments

Nina · August 23, 2017 at 9:12 am

Woah those avenues where you can see the eiffel tower look amazing! There are many free things to do in cities like this.

aareeba · August 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm

This has been my dream since childhood and I know am gonna visit this place for sure in couple of years hopefully . Your pictures are amazing and Am saving this post for my future use.

Rain · August 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm

definitely on my bucket list. i can imagine how beautiful it looks in person.

Angela Bethea · August 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

I have a remarkable and fantastic experience in this place with my husband. Love to go back soon with our little one.

Rebecca Swenor · August 22, 2017 at 8:33 am

The Eiffel Tower is something I have dreamed of seeing since I was a little girl. I would indeed get more than one photo during the day at least one at night too. Thanks for sharing the information and the gorgeous photos.

David Elliott · August 22, 2017 at 6:14 am

This is such a great article. I know I have thought about visiting the tower but it is even nicer knowing where I could get the best pictures of it and what time of day the best pictures can be obtained. Thanks for all the great information and all of the amazing photos.

Amila · August 22, 2017 at 5:15 am

Visiting Paris and the Eiffel tower is a dream for me.Hope I will visit there one day.This guide is really helpful!

Marlene Wetch · August 21, 2017 at 7:25 pm

Paris is on my bucket list of places to visit before I die. Lovely tips, and your pics are beautiful !!

Kimberly C. · August 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm

My husband just went to Paris for work and the pictures he took were nice, but nothing like these. I’ll make sure to hint him towards these hot spots. Going with him next time ha ha.

Milton Goh · August 21, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Wow these are really great tips! Before I head to Paris, I need to check back with this post to decide which vantage point to take photos from – or maybe I should try them all!

Jillian Schleger · August 20, 2017 at 9:35 pm

I love how you’ve given us a way to see Paris as an insider would. As a photographer, I look for the unusual spots to get the shot. Thanks so much for this! <3

ohmummymia · August 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm

I love Paris. I was there when I was 3 months pregnant 🙂 Eiffel Tower is amazing

Laura · August 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Can you believe I lived right near the EuroStar in England and never went across to Paris! It doesn’t quite seem to have the lure for me as it does for most!

    Viveena Rodrigues · August 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I totally get you. In the initial months of living here, the city didn’t appeal to me the way it’s portrayed. As I ventured out alone to slowly discover the city on my own, I fell in love with it all & didn’t realise when it happened. Paris stole my heart slowly, it wasn’t love at first sight.

Ashvin Nankoo · August 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I always want to go but never have the time! I would love to see the view at at the top!

Gideon · August 20, 2017 at 5:26 am

A really Gorgeous place for a snapshot would love visit someday.

Beautiful Touches · August 20, 2017 at 3:35 am

Oh my word – what beautiful photography. My best friend went to Paris a few years ago and brought back a lovely little brass Eiffel Tower for me. It is sitting on my desk right next to me as I type this. I will treasure it always!

Kitty · August 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Those are some lovely pictures … It’s my my dream to visit this place may be next year for sure coz I am pregnant this year

Sharon S. Lopez · August 19, 2017 at 12:57 pm

This is one of the places I want to visit. You have written such a wonderful description of the place that makes me want to go there sooner.

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