Saturday, 29 March 2014

My Favourite Paris Evening Rooftop View

*Apologies to everyone as I have had to start watermarking my photos less discreetly in the middle of the photo due to a recent issue where my photo was used without my permission and not credited nor acknowledged appropriately - I have always wanted to share what I find in Paris as honestly and 'organically' as possible with anyone interested in my blog and will do my best to continue this, but for the time being I haven't found a more discreet way of protecting my photos   

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.

Parisian sunset

Now, the trick is to catch the twinkling of the Eiffel Tower at sunset. 

The only problem is that sunset varies depending on what time of the year you come to Paris. For example in the Winter the sun might set at 5pm or 6pm, which is great because it means the first twinkling session happens well before closing time. Easy, you can come to the rooftop any evening! However, if you are coming to Paris a little later, say late Winter/early Spring, sunset may occur around 7pm, which means that unless it's a Thursday (when Printemps closes later), the only twinkling session will occur at 7pm as Printemps will close at 8pm, before the next twinkling session.

If you are heading over during the Spring/Summer months then you'll need to try for Thursday night because the sun sets later. Currently, as I'm writing this blog post at the end of March, the sun will set in Paris at 8:18pm tonight so if you come on any other day besides Thursday, you'll miss out on seeing both the sunset and night views. In fact, the only view you'll see is the pre-sunset view. It is just as lovely I'm sure, but with a little planning you will be able to see all the views that I have seen!  

Anyway, moving along. In the evenings, apart from coming up to catch the twinkling of the Eiffel Tower, you can come up to the top of 'Déli-Cieux' on the Printemps rooftop and order a glass of champagne or glass of wine. Find yourself a bench and listen to the music they have playing while taking in the magnificent views. It's something I thoroughly recommend.

My friend and I sat up the top, on a bench and watched the sun set across the Parisian rooftops. Deep hues of peach, orange, gold and pink slowly blended into each other, it was like a painting. George Michael's "Careless Whisper" played in the background (I'm not kidding!) and we laughed as we sang along to the lyrics giggling and contemplating how we had ended up at this very moment in our lives. Night soon started to fall and before we knew it, the music had swiftly changed to a loungey deep house track to suit the mood.

There were a few other visitors around I have to admit. I would have preferred a little more privacy but it wasn't a big deal. Luckily, because the rooftop area is so large, we were able to walk around and find our own private little space. 

So go on, lean over the railings, look out into the distance and smile to yourself as you linger and become lost in one of those "oh my god I can't believe I'm in Paris..!" moments.

Nhan x

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