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What’s In A View? Enjoying Paris’s Best Perspectives

by Carin Olsson
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Carin Olsson

Carin Olsson left both her job and family back in Sweden to pursue her longtime dream of moving to Paris. A big passion for food, sweets, the city itself and photography resulted in her blog, Paris in Four Months, where she shares her time in the city of light. View Carin Olsson's Website

8 comments on “What’s In A View? Enjoying Paris’s Best Perspectives

The 360 degree view from the dome of The Pantheon is spectacular! It was a free guided tour up through the rafters to the dome. One can see the layers of the city in its rooftops from that vantage point.

My fave views so far are definitely the rooftop of les Galéries Lafayette and the top of the Tour Montparnasse – no need to even go to the resto….
The view from Sacré Coeur doesn’t do it for me – too much ‘industrial sights’ and too far from the real stuff. I did however like and appreciate the view from some friends’ balcony – at the one’s family we were about on eye-height of the restaurant of the ET; at the others we could just sort of reach out and touch it… (both have moved away sadly…, the friends, not ET!)

I enjoy many of the views shown above. Personally, I don’t like to get too high. The roof of La Samaritaine is perfect. You get the city view, but also a glimpse into the windows, courtyards and rooftops around you. And of course, both banks of the Seine. While the top of Montmartre has some great scenes, the perspective of the city itself is a bit too remote for me. I also enjoy the top of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont.

Ah, I live for views par des toits! I’m so happy to have such a pretty view from my own apartment 🙂

I like the view of the Left Bank from Notre Dame, in particular the church of St Julien le Pauvre and its little park. From that vantage point, you really see the contrast between the neat rows of Haussmann-style buildings and the remaining medieval architecture.

there are some nice views from the T2 tramline, the Grande Arche at la Defense, Mont-Valérien (the view from the American Cemetary is good) and the bluffs at St Germain-en-Laye (you can see all of Paris from there)

Every morning I go for a run along the Canal Saint Martin and will often head up to Parc de Buttes Chaumont. Usually I have the look out to myself and can stand and take in the view across Paris to Sacre Coeur all on my own. I feel as if I have Paris to myself!
Another great view (and an interesting perspective) is from Parc de Belleville. The grand monuments of Paris suddenly seem so much closer together from this eastern perspective and it gives you an entirely different understanding of the layout of the city.

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