I’ve made it quite the mission on this trip to watch as many sunsets in as many places as I can. There’s just really nothing that makes me happier.
Here are some of the sunsets I chased while in this beautiful city.
The second tallest building in Paris save for Sacre- Coeur. Parisens all hate it, and I can see why. It sticks out like a sore thumb and looks nothing like the beautiful limestone that makes up the rest of the city. To get to Montparnasse you need to take the metro stop that includes Montparnasse in the name. Seems obvious right? However if you put the directions into google maps it will take you elsewhere and you will walk an hour in the opposite direction direction like we did.. perhaps arriving at the sunset destination a little less excited than you were when you set off. When you see the view though you’ll realize it was all worth it.
Paris is covered in bridges crossing the river Siene all over the city. My favourite place was at a bridge right outside of Musee D’Orsay. It’s strictly a walking bridge, so you don’t need to worry about the rush of traffic while you’re there. There are steps along the entire river that you can sit on as well.
I learned about this park by talking to a tour guide who had moved to Paris from London to work in Disneyland after falling in love with the city. I’m starting to get the vibe that I’m not the only person who’s been completely enamoured by its beauty and rich history. I told him I had some time to kill and wanted to go somewhere that wasn’t covered in tourists (the irony.. a tourist trying to escape tourists) . He recommended a park called “Parc Buttes- Chaumont” and it was the best recommendation I’d yet received from someone residing in the city. It’s huge and I sat on the hills admiring the trees and the view for two hours before I got up and walked around. You can make your way up across a tight rope bridge to a small pavilion on the very top of a hill overlooking a river and the city. From there you can watch the sun silhouette a good portion of Paris (including sacre- coeur ahhhhh) in pink and orange hues.
I did not get the chance to watch a sunset here but there are many blogs and resources that recommend checking out a sunset by Notre Dame. This makes sense as it’s on Paris’ little island. Not far from there is Ponte Neuf, one of Paris’s famous bridges and it would be lovely to watch from there as well.
Regardless of what you’re looking for, you need to find your little niche, sit, and enjoy. It’s absolutely stunning.
Hope your day is sunshiny,