Paris is probably one of the most visited cities in Europe and rightfully so! It is filled with gorgeous architectural wonders, sensational museum collections, and loads of charm! Every trip I’ve taken, I discovered something new. Let me share with you the best place to fully grasp the greatness and beauty of this marvelous city.
Living in Belgium means Paris is only an hour away by high velocity train. So going for a quick visit is as easily said as done. Over the years, I must have visited the France capital about a dozen times. And every single time I have made a new discovery.
Most tourists are naturally drawn to the Eiffel Tower, probably the most iconic landmark in town. Going up that tower is a very exciting experience and the view from the top is lovely. But in all honesty, there is a much better spot to admire the city from high up: the towers of the Notre Dame cathedral!
Granted, the Eiffel tower has an elevator that will take you up whereas Notre Dame doesn’t. But please don’t let that stop you. The walk up the spiraling staircase isn’t as daunting as you might expect (even I made it up, with 2 hip replacements and without breaking a sweat) and is an adventure on its own. It gives you a close look and better understanding of the massiveness of this construction.
When you reach the top of the stairs, take a deep breath and prepare to be blown away by what you are about to see… Enjoy these panoramas, shot with a borrowed Horizon Kompakt.
From high up there you can see every great landmark and just about every major building in the city: the Eiffel Tower, Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, the Louvre museum, la Défence, and so much more.