According to the Global Power City Index, Paris was rated one of the top three most influential cities in Europe in 2009 and 2010. I would be very surprised if it were not voted in the top three cities once again this year.
This was my first real visit to Paris after having previously flown through the two major international airports on connecting flights and visiting Disneyland in my youth on a school trip. So.. after having received surprise Eurostar tickets from my girlfriend on Valentines Day (thank you again) I was extremely excited to be finally spending time in the city itself.
The city itself is beautiful and I was surprised to see that within the confined quarters of the city the buildings were astonishing and a lack of modern (and ugly) buildings made the city even more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. This brings me on to the main reason for my post. Paris is a photographer’s city. It is strikingly medieval which gives it additional beauty.
From the Eiffel Tower a walk along the Seine to the east will greet you with an array of landmarks to unleash your favourite camera on from the Champs Elysée (which I honestly didn’t find that attractive) to Place de la Concorde (the famous roundabout with the iconic giant Egyptian obelisk decorated exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramses II) to the Louvre (the largest museum in Europe, if not the world housing the famous Mona Lisa) to Notre Dame Cathedral (which is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture).
During our time in Paris we resided in the Latin Quarter, to the east of Boulevard Saint-Michel and south of Notre-Dame. I would definitely recommend staying in this area as it is close to everything (except maybe from the Eiffel Tower and Montmarte) has a vast number of very reasonably priced cafes and restaurants and the hotels in this area are not extortionate like those located on or close to the Champs Elysée.
With so many places and landmarks to visit I cannot recommend Paris enough. You absolutely must visit this city. Oh, one last thing, if you get a chance, go for dinner at Les Papilles in the Latin Quarter, you need to book and you won’t regret it.
To see my photos from Paris click here.