The best free views (of Eiffel Tower and more) in Paris

Who doesn’t love a great shot of the Eiffel tower while in Paris? Preferably somewhere not crowded, so you don’t have to move all the time to capture the moment. In this post I’m talking the less known spots for photographing Sacré-Cœur, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Most of those were empty when we were there.

1. Printemps Department Store

They offer a wide variety of products, mostly well-known brands, so if you’re on a budget, this is not where you do your shopping. The building is beautiful, inside and out, and although the series of escalators can get a bit confusing, it’s very much worth visting. On 9th floor there’s a restaurant and a rooftop terrace with free access to the public, offering the most spectacular view over the surrounding Paris skyline. On left side of the unimpeded 360 degree view you have Pantheon, Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, while on the right side Sacré-Cœur stands out in all its beauty among the typical tin roofs of Paris. If you wish to grab a snack, I was told that the food here is very tasty and cheap. However, there is no requirement or expectation that you must buy anything to visit the terrace.

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Address: 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Metro: Havre-Caumartin (line 3 and 9)*
Opening hours: Closed on Sundays, Thursdays from 9:30am to 9pm, other days from 9:30am to 8pm

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Travel Movie Monday: Before Sunrise

Every second Monday I’m going to recommend you one travel movie (in no specific order). Each one of those mentioned, had some kind of an impact on me and I’m sure they will affect you too. Travel movies have the ability to inspire your wanderlust, the motivation to a new destination and give you the power to chase your goals.

BEFORE SUNRISE (1995)

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A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

When I first saw the movie poster, I was convinced this was going to be some love story between two partners and my expectations were low. If you read the synopsis above (I haven’t until now), you already know I had been wrong. Before Sunrise follows the story of two travellers, who met on a train and fall for each other. The spontanious decisions Jesse and Céline make, led them to one night together in Vienna. In the morning they say goodbye, knowing they’ll probably never see each other again, but still hoping they would. Read More

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Road trip through Norway – Part 4

This diary was originally written in July 2014. This is the last part describing the roadtrip across one of the greenest countries in the world, Norway.

Previous parts: 1 | 2 | 3

Around 40 hours left in the country – this time our final destination was Rygge airport. I must admit I truly enjoyed the road from Hornindal to Oslo, everything is either green or yellow – so bright and lovely!

When in Norway, you must not miss ski jumping hills. So first stop: Lillehammer. A cute city, where we grabbed something to eat and drove to the ski jump at Lysgårdsbakkene. This ski jumping hill consists of a large hill and a small hill, as you can see in the photo. It opened in 1993 for the 1994 Winter Olympics, where it hosted the ski jumping and Nordic combined events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. After the Olympics, ownership was transferred to the municipal Lillehammer Olympiapark and it has since been used for several FIS Ski Jumping World Cup and FIS Nordic Combined World Cup tournaments, including hosting the Nordic Tournament. It has a capacity for 35,000 spectators and is one of three national ski jumping hills in Norway.

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Next place on the list was Holmenkollbakken in Oslo. Read More

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Road trip through Norway – Part 3

Visiting Norway - Part 3 | The Cheerful Wanderer

This diary was originally written in July 2014. Over the next couple of days, I’ll be taking you with me to one of the greenest countries in the world, Norway.

Previous parts: 1 | 2

The road ahead seemed to be never-ending. On our way to Hornindal, we stopped at 3 places: Nærøyfjord, Tvindefossen (or Tvinde Waterfall) and Borgund stave church. Tvinde actually means “twin waterfall” and it refers to the waterwall being formed by the water from two rivers merging.

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Tvinde waterfall and Borgund stave church

The history of Borgund stave church goes well back; it was built sometime between 1180 and 1250 AD with later additions. This is also the best preserved of Norway’s 28 extant stave churches. Nowadays the building’s used as a museum. Read More

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Road trip through Norway – Part 2

This diary was originally written in July 2014. Over the next couple of days, I’ll be taking you with me to one of the greenest countries in the world, Norway.

If you missed part one, click here to read it.

Visiting Norway - Part 2 | The Cheerful Wanderer

You know how there are some cities you can just love and love and love? Bergen exceeded my expectations in every way. Not only that it was colourful (you guessed it, that’s all that counts for me) – the streets are full of talented artists, shops, and restaurants are very accessible. There aren’t that many tourist attractions (yet still enough you won’t be bored), but if you’re like me and you find a garden full of flowers astonishing, then you can really enjoy it.Read More

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