Friday, 15 May 2015

Paris - Eiffel in love

View over the city from the top of Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Hello you!

We spent the second half of our first day in Paris much like the first half - being tourists. I can't deny it. Sometimes you just gotta embrace being a tourist and take alllll the photos!

The sky had turned from a dull grey to a vibrant blue, so we thought what better time to visit the famed Arc de Triomphe?

Arc de Triomphe, Paris
           
Arc de Triomphe, Paris

One thing that impressed me so much about Paris is that if you are an EU passport holder (& under 25 if I remember correctly), you can access many attractions/landmarks without paying a cent! 

So after a quick wait to get free "tickets", we climbed what felt like a thousand dark spiralling stairs and popped out into daylight to see a pretty awesome view...

           
View over the city from the top of Arc de Triomphe, Paris
           
View over the city from the top of Arc de Triomphe, Paris

For those of you who don't know, Arc de Triomphe is in the middle of a huge 8-lane roundabout with 12 wide avenues coming off it. It's absolutely hectic, but somehow it works pretty nicely & makes for some awesome photos.

Being tourists at the top of Arc de Triomphe, Paris
The French flag flying under Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Following being crammed on top of a building with hundreds of other tourists (I hate to think what it must be like in the middle of summer), we strolled down one of the avenues towards Trocadero - a place we were told has a killer view of the Eiffel Tower.

Parisian street, Paris
A gothic Metro entrance, Paris

And obviously as soon as we saw a crêpe stand, we couldn't resist.
Three Nutella & coconut crêpes, coming right up!

Nutella crepe at Trocadero, Paris
Nutella crepe with a view of the Eiffel Tower, Paris

We miraculously managed to find some seats and waited the evening out.
I really wanted to see the Eiffel Tower at sunset (who wouldn't!). It was only after we were sat there and waiting that we realised the sun was setting behind us.. Poor planning on Ellora's behalf.
Perhaps next time?!

The Eiffel Tower seen from Trocadero, Paris
Trocadero, Paris
Eiffel Tower from Trocadero, Paris
Eiffel Tower from Trocadero, Paris
The Eiffel Tower seen from Trocadeo, Paris

Once it gets dark, the Eiffel Tower sparkles for around 5 minutes once every hour, on the hour.
It kind of looks like something from a fairytale, and all of a sudden, all at once, I realised why they call Paris the "City of Love". 
I knooooow, cheesy, but it was pretty darn romantic.

The Eiffel Tower seen from Trocadeo, Paris

Runaway Eiffel?!

           

It was a beautiful way to spend the evening, minus the constant harassment from men trying to sell us selfie sticks and calling us "Shakira".

As always, you can find all of my photos on my Flickr account - check out the Paris album here. I'll be adding more daily so keep a lookout for those too!
Lastly, I just made a Facebook page to keep everybody updated! I'd love it if you gave it a like over here.

Hope you've enjoyed this post, I'll be back with more Paris-filled posts next week!
Have a lovely weekend,

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