- Photo Essays
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognised landmarks in the world, and while I completely adore Paris I’m afraid it’s most visited attraction has never really done much for me.
While it is undeniably iconic and synonymous with the Parisian cityscape, I remember being quite underwhelmed and a little disappointed by the Eiffel Tower and the hordes of tourists swarming at its base.
But in the evening all of this changes and the City of Light lives up to its name.
Last winter, a friend and I rented an apartment in Paris. From the giant solid-wood doors that led into our charming little courtyard we could see the majestic stature of Notre Dame, just a couple of blocks away.
Our tiny street was home to half a dozen restaurants, a fromagerie (cheese shop), a boulangerie (patisserie), a supermarket, Saturday craft markets, a couple of Parisian art galleries and was smack-bang in the heart of the Latin Quarter.
Paris is one of my all time favourite cities and wandering the streets of Paris is a joy in itself.
The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre etc are all must-sees of course, but by simply wandering you invariably stumble upon the real treasures that Paris has to offer:
Browsing the stalls of the Bouquinistes (antiquarian and used booksellers) that line the Left and Right banks of the Seine; sampling one of the 33 flavours of ice cream from the famous Berthillon ice creamery on the Ile Saint-Louis; or the sensory explosion of the open air food markets on Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter. Read more