The following post is about my recent travel to Paris, France, back in December 2015, and the photographs I captured during the trip. All photos were taken with a wide angle lens (Canon EF-S 10–22mm). Select photos have been added to Paris in Wide Angle album.
This day was all about the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, 2 most recognizable landmarks of not only Paris, but also France. Even though it was a winter morning, the day started with some partially cloudy, warm weather.
The first stop was the Parc de Belleville. Being the highest park in Paris, it provides a panoramic view of the city from the terrace. On the clear day most of the iconic landmarks of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, Tour Montparnasse, Cathédrale Notre Dame, etc. are visible from this point.
We took a subway ride to Trocadéro. Once out, we passed through Palais de Chaillot to capture this beautiful view of the Effiel Tower and Jardins du Trocadéro.
The construction of the Eiffel Tower, planned as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, started in 1887 and took 2 years to complete. It was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and was planned to be dismantled in 1909, but in subsequent years it proved to be valuable for communication purposes and became symbol of Paris.
The Eiffel Tower, Seine, and Pont d’Iéna view. The tower is 324 m (1063′) tall, has three levels for visitors. Its square base measures 125 m (410′) on each side. The tower held the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world for about 41 years since its construction.
Southeast view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, down the Champ de Mars, with the Tour Montparnasse in the distance.
Northeast view of Paris with Arc de Triomphe and Sacré-Cœur in the distance.
Northwest view to Palais de Chaillot and Jardins du Trocadéro. The business district of La Défense is in the background.
Southwest view towards the sunset. Pont de Bir-Hakeim in the lower right corner of the photograph.
We walked around Champ de Mars to get away from the crowd and enjoy some quiet view of the Eiffel Tower.
Sun was slowly setting.
We continued our stroll towards Pont de Bir-Hakeim, while enjoying the Eiffel Tower view.
Our next stop was the Triumphal Arch. The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc’s pillars consist of four sculptural groups on them. In the above photograph we can see Le Triomphe de 1810 (left pillar) and Le Départ de 1792 (or La Marseillaise, right pillar). There are also six reliefs sculpted on the façades of the Arch, representing important moments of the French Revolution and of the Napoleonic era. The construction started in 1806,but was halted few times until completion in 1836.
Straight-up view of the ceiling, which consists of 21 sculpted roses. The Arch is 50 m (164′) tall. A list of French victories is engraved under the great arches on the inside façades of the monument.
The Arc de Triomphe tributes those who fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. French victories and names of generals of the period are inscribed on inner and outer surfaces of the Arch. La Paix de 1815 (left pillar) and La Résistance de 1814 (right pillar).
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I is right beneath the Arch (Armistice Day 1920). Eternal flame burns in memory of the dead of both world wars who were never identified.
The rest of the evening we spent enjoying the Champs-Élysées.
To be continued on Day 3 | Jump to Day 1