Iconic Paris: A Photo Essay

Cobble stone streets, deep, pink flowers falling over balconies, ornate bridges with gold-plated animals, picnics in lush gardens: this city is classy and oh-so photogenic. Here are my favorite pictures; these images show iconic locations around Paris and hint at the allure that seeps out of the pores of Paris.

Place de la République

In the plaza of République, an up-and-coming, offbeat hub, teen boys whiz by on skateboards while recording each others tricks. 

As the sun dips behind the clouds, a silhouetted Marianne extends her olive branch in a gesture of peace.  

Jardin des Tuileries

A walk through the well manicured trees of the Tuileries is especially enlivening in October when the leaves are turning a burnt orange. 

The north end of the Louvre is blissfully sandwiched between a cloudless blue sky and the gardens. 

The Louvre

The early morning is one of the few times when you can take in the grandeur of the Louvre without the throngs of tourists.

Taking in art for hours at the Louvre calls for a little rest. While sitting at a small window seat on the second floor, I enjoyed watching the action in the Louvre plaza and spotting the Eiffel Tower in the distance. 

A different view from a second story window.

Place de la Concorde

An Asian model drags her wedding dress through fresh puddles as she poses for pictures near one of the Fontaines de la Concorde.

 Pont Des Arts

Sunlight reflects off gold locks that smitten couples have secured on the fence of the Pont Des Arts. 

A jumble of love locks with sharpie script interlink and threaten to weigh down the wire holding them up. 

The locks nestle together while the keys to unlock them rest underneath the bridge, at the bottom of the Seine. 

A view of Pont Des Arts and La Seine from Pont Neuf. 

 Picnicking in Jardin du Luxenbourg

Parisian teens and families tear off pieces of baguette and pop grapes into their mouth while basking in the grassy areas of the Luxembourg Gardens. 

A French toddler struggles to hold up a big camera as he snaps pictures of his giggling mother. 

Pont Alexandre III

I could not get enough of this bridge. Even under a dark, rainy sky, the gold, winged horses of Pont Alexandre gleam.

The heavy, black lamps render the gold atop the pillars delicate and striking. 

Even though I loved the bridge in the rain, the blue skies bring out the details of this ornate, lavish bridge. 

Pont Alexandre is still eye-catching, even from behind a yucca plant.

A walk along Cours la Reine offers a view Pont Alexandre, the Eiffel Tower, and docked boats bobbing in La Seine. 

Notre Dame

Can you spot the Quasimodo ringing the church bells?

The Eiffel Tower

It’s as if the arrow on the Quai Andre Citroen is telling you exactly where to stand for a straight shot of the Eiffel Tower. 

The inhabitants who leave these apartments every day scored a winning view. 

The Eiffel Tower is no stranger to standing under a grey, temperamental sky.

If you stand under the Eiffel tower when the clouds are moving fast- for a split second- it feels like the Eiffel tower is falling.  

The only disadvantage about the view from the Eiffel Tower- is that you can’t see the Eiffel Tower. 

 Arc de Triomphe

The arc de Triomphe is a fulfilling end-point after making it past the swanky, high-end stores of Champs Elysees.


Sacre Coeur watches over the city at night while Parisians scatter on its steps drinking beer and wine and enjoying street performances.

Montmartre is about hills, stairs, and umbrellas that are just as bright and eccentric as the street art.  

Bargain hunters at Sympa sort through bins of new, but damaged, brand names pieces for dirt cheap.

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Old, weathered decorations adorn above ground tombs.

Oscar Wilde’s tomb now has glass all around it to protect it from red, lip-stick smooches left behind by lady fans. Wilting flowers have still been thrown inside the glass area and the reflection of the glass shows the tomb directly behind his.  

The Streets of Paris

Store fronts saturated with color pop out under wrought iron window balconies. Even with so many must-see spots in Paris, sometimes it’s necessary to forget the final destination in order to enjoy strolling through the streets.

Even quiet, empty, graffitied streets are enchanting. Take a walk with me?

Ahh, Paris, you’re a fabulous feast for the eyes (and the lens). Audrey Hepburn was right- Paris is ALWAYS a good idea.

What’s your favorite, iconic place in Paris?


  1. Megsy | 3rd Dec 14

    Thanks for sharing your pics – Oh Paris, even in the rain it’s stunning!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 8th Dec 14

      I agree! The rain almost enhances some of the the charm of Paris!

  2. Christine | 5th Dec 14

    Gorgeous! Paris is so lovely. What a beautiful photo essay! I can’t wait to go back someday. What a magical city!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 8th Dec 14

      Thank you! Ahhh, it’s so magical! I can’t wait to go back either!

  3. Bianca Malata (@ItsAllBee) | 5th Dec 14

    Makes me miss Paris! I would love to make a few trips there next year.

    • Words of a Wanderer | 8th Dec 14

      If you do end up making a trip there next year, I’ll be jealous! 😉

  4. Revati Victor (Different Doors) | 6th Dec 14

    Sigh. You had me at Paris. But your pictures are really unique! (I’ll never tire of looking at pictures of Paris) And oscar wilde’s tomb has been captured beautifully!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 8th Dec 14

      Thank you!! I really enjoyed taking pictures there- it’s hard to find a fresh take on a city like Paris because it’s so photographed, so I appreciate your complement! And the Oscar Wilde one is one of my favorites! 🙂

  5. Anne Klien ( Meanne) | 6th Dec 14

    Beautiful photos. .. I think its about time to revisit Paris 🙂 such a beautiful photogenic place

    • Words of a Wanderer | 8th Dec 14

      Thank you! I don’t think you could go wrong- it’s always a good time to revisit Paris! 🙂

  6. Kate | 8th Dec 14

    Stunning photos! You are so talented!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 8th Dec 14

      Aw thank you! Paris made it easy for me- I couldn’t put my camera down! haha

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