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Paris: Sunset and the Eiffel Tower - Notre Dame View

The clouds


their palms,


brushing against

the sunset

that caressed

the horizon.

And the bells

of Notre Dame



over the rooftops

of Paris.

This was taken on a typically moody Paris evening with my Sony A7R. I had climbed the 387 steps to the top of Notre Dame de Paris earlier in the week with a wonderful person who worked for , an organization that tends to the historic monuments and landmarks of Paris.

While standing on the highest platform of Notre Dame, I expressed to her that it would be incredible to photograph the sunset or even dusk from such an impressive vantage point.

Typically, throughout the year, access to the top of Notre Dame is restricted to the morning and afternoon hours. However, as fortune would have it, the summer hours had just started and evening access to the top of the cathedral which itself dates back to the 1100s would be starting later in the week.

Later in the week, I made my way up the 387 steps again later in the week on an evening when I wasn’t sure that the weather would cooperate. It didn’t really matter to me though. The view, in any weather condition, is nothing short of breath-taking.

I stood there as the storm clouds receded over Paris revealing a subdued sunset, a perfect backdrop for the tiny Eiffel Tower that stood in the distance.

And it was absolutely sublime.


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Paris - Sunset - Overlooking the Eiffel Tower and City from Above


Paris is everything I expected and so much more.

It’s an overwhelming city in all the best ways.

On my first day in Paris, I was treated to a walk around The Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood with a new Paris friend, Mikhail and his lovely friends. And then we then made our way to Montparnasse to take in this spectacular view from the top of Tour Montparnasse.

I am posting updates frequently to , , and while I am here in Paris (like an awesome video clip of the Eiffel Tower light show last night, for example!). Follow along if you are curious. :)

Not that I won’t post here but I will only be posting major photos here sporadically vs. everyday updates.


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