The final part of this four part series takes me to one of the most magical views I've seen of Paris in my life.
What started off as an idea to try to find some private (and free!) unknown views of Paris took me to the corners of buildings, squeezing myself (and my iPhone) in between pots and pans and designer bed linen and mattresses. I received more than a few suspicious looks from French sales assistants as I unconvincingly tried to pretend I was perusing through their latest range of overpriced pillow cases.
I discovered many hidden beautiful views and the best thing was for those brief moments in time, it felt like they were created just for me.
I stumbled across a gorgeous rooftop, with spectacular panoramic views (for free!) that came along with outdoor seating and inexpensive prices.
I also found a reasonably priced brasserie where you could enjoy views of a stunning stained glass domed ceiling over lunch, a snack, dessert, or even a 3€ coffee.
But the most surreal moment of all was when my friend and I returned to the Printemps rooftop at 6:59pm exactly. We were told by one of the friendly staff members to come back later on in the evening, but before 7pm. As we ran towards the rooftop, the clock struck 7pm and the Eiffel Tower started to twinkle magically in the distance, against the gorgeous backdrop of a Parisian sunset.
I squealed and started to embarrassingly jump up and down in excitement with my friend and we raced to the railings to see our dear Eiffel Tower sparkle. It felt like the Eiffel Tower was just as excited to see us as we were excited to see it.