The best view of Paris – An afternoon in Montparnasse

To me, Sundays are meant for equal amounts of relaxing and exploring. Ideally, I like to sleep in and then bring my camera and friends on a small adventure. Last Sunday was warm and sunny and we took the metro line 6, that offers a great view on the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, to Montparnasse in southern Paris. The plan was to see the view from the top of the Montparnasse Tower, which is by many considered the best view over Paris. Some Parisians say that it is the best view because you can’t see the Montparnasse Tower from it! I would agree, since this skyscraper-ish glass building really doesn’t fit in with the rest of the architecture in Paris. But it’s not the only reason to check out the view from this tower – from the 59th floor (there’s an elevator to the 56th), there’s an absolutely stunning view. You can see all the famous monuments, parks and endless roofs in that characteristic grey color, that we all know and love.

I brought my standard 18-55 mm lens for panoramas and ‘a birds’ view’ and a 75-300 mm lens for closeups of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and other beautiful buildings. Photographers, I really recommend bringing a longer lens for some great shots. We went there in the early afternoon, but I would love to come back during the golden hour or to shoot the sunset over Paris.

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After admiring the view for a while, we went to eat some crepes. The Montparnasse area is known for having a lot of crèperies from Bretagne, so we indulged in menus with cider, savory galettes with eggs, cheese and ratatouille and sweet, buttery crepes with sugar. There are a lot of places where you can eat crepes in this area, just be sure to go to a real crèperie instead of a café to get the really good stuff.

Enjoy!

 

© All photos belong to Sophie Plougheld Voisin

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