A view from above from the Ferris Wheel in the Jardin des Tuileries

A view from above from the Ferris Wheel in the Jardin des Tuileries

Every year within a section of the Jardin des Tuileries, the garden turns into a lively fête foraine (summer fairground), and this year sees its 30th anniversary. With over 80 different attractions to explore and experience, the Fête des Tuileries is great for all the family.

Recently I headed up la Grand Roue, aka the Ferris wheel, to see some amazing views of Paris above. I decided to ascend in the evening, with the hope of seeing the incredible sunset from overhead. Even though I didn’t, the views of the city did not fail to impress as always. Here are a few photos that I took.

If you would like to head up the Grand Roue, the Fête des Tuileries is open until 23rd August 2015.

Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel, Paris

Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel, Paris

Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel, Paris

Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel, Paris

Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel, Paris

Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel, Paris

Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel, Paris

Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel, Paris

Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel, Paris

Grande Roue - Ferris Wheel, Paris

La Tour Eiffel and Spring flowers

La Tour Eiffel and Spring flowers

Spring and Summer here in Paris is beyond beautiful. Not only does the sun finally come out, but so do all the delightful flowers. This spring, I headed over to the Champ de Mars, and spent a wonderful morning wandering around taking photos of the many beautiful flowers and blossom trees.

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Ascending the mysterious La Tour Saint-Jacques

Ascending the mysterious La Tour Saint-Jacques

Have you ever walked past this big tower near Hôtel de ville on Rue de Rivoli, and thought ‘what is that?!’ If so, you’re not alone, with myself included. I have often been around this mysterious tower, and known nothing about it… untill now.

What you are viewing is la Tour Saint-Jacques. Built in the early 16th century, the tower was part of the church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie (yes you might have guessed it – ‘Saint James of the Butchery’). However, the church was demolished during the French Revolution in 1797, and all that remains today is the tower.

After lots of reconstruction beginning in the 19th century and finishing in 2009, the tower was given a new facelift and brought back to its original splendor.

However, la Tour Saint-Jacques still possesses an air of mystery. While you can access the square surrounding it, it’s another story with the tower itself. Often I have found myself by its gates, wondering if the lock preventing people from entering is ever unlocked – and only last week were my questions finally answered.

In 2013, la Tour Saint-Jacques opened its doors for the first time enabling visitors to ascend up and to marvel at its magnificent views. However, this secret gem of Paris (I know I keep saying that phrase but it really is a gem!) is only open during the summer from Friday through to Sunday.

Standing at over 200 feet high (nearly 50 feet higher than the Arc de Triomphe), la Tour Saint-Jacques offers visitors some of the most amazing views that I have ever seen of Paris. Not only are the views sublime, with the vantage point at the very top provides a 360-degree view of the Parisian landscape. From there, you can pretty much see everything (weather permitting).

I had an fantastic experience going up la Tour Saint-Jacques, and would happily walk up the 300 steps to see the breath-taking views again. Here are just a few of the photographs that I took, you can check the rest of them out here on my flickr account.

If you’re interested in reserving a place on the guided tour up la Tour Saint-Jacques, head over to the website here.

 

Vue sur le nord de Paris (North Paris views)

Vue sur l’est de Paris (East Paris views)

Vue sur le sud de Paris (South Paris views)

Vue sur l’ouest de Paris (West Paris views)

 

 

 

 

Weekend in Berlin

Weekend in Berlin

What a weekend! I have a surprise for many of you (for those who follow my instagram account, the surprise is unfortunately ruined…). Last weekend in France was a holiday, which meant that we had a four-day weekend. With so much time off, I decided it was the perfect time to go and visit one of my best friends, Sally. So, I headed of to Berlin! Yes, I spent the four-day weekend exploring the city and hanging out with one of my dearest pals.

Berlin is an awesome city. It was my first time there, and to Germany! Having studied German for five years with the expectation of going to visit the country with my family, you can probably imagine how excited I was to finally go. There is something really interesting about Berlin. As we wandered the city, I felt as if there was not ‘one’ Berlin. The capital is incredibly diverse, and as you progress around the city, it almost feels as if you yourself are traveling through different cultures and countries. Berlin is super cool and edgy, owning a fantastically active art and music scene. Although I could never see myself living there (Paris has stolen my heart), I would love to go and visit again.

My friend Sally is also an Au Pair, and her German ‘family’ owns a beautiful apartment right in the centre of the city. Being in such a central location meant that we saw and did lots of different things – of which I am currently writing in an upcoming blog photo diary post.

Overall I had an awesome weekend, and got to finally tick one of the cities that I have been desperate to visit! If you have been there, I would love to know what you thought of the city.

The Promenade Plantée – A hidden gem of Paris

The Promenade Plantée – A hidden gem of Paris

Located in the 12th arrondissement is one of Paris’ hidden gems. The Promenade Plantée, also known as the Coulée Verte René-Dumont (tree-lined walkway en Anglais), is an exquisite promenade that stretches just under 3 miles (around 4.7 kilometers) spanning from the Bois de Vincennes to Place de la Bastille, via the old Vincennes rail line.

Having walked across New York’s High Line last October, I was convinced that it was unique to the American city. However, Paris’ Promenade Plantée was in fact the very first green space constructed to form a public park/promenade, as it was inaugurated in 1993. Similar to New York’s High Line, the Promenade Plantée was erected from a disused railway line

The entire promenade is aligned with a variety of beautiful flowers, plants and trees. It was almost like walking through a perfumery – the sheer amount of different plants was not only aesthetically magnificent, but also nice on the nose!

The Promenade Plantée offers a variety of wonderful sights and experiences. Part of the promenade follows the route across a wooden bridge. This bridge reveals fantastic views of the Jardin de Reuilly. In this park, many Parisians had gathered to picnic and bask in the beautiful spring weather.

As we reached the end near the Bastille (which may be the beginning for others!), the promenade rises 10 m above the surrounding area. Now located above the Viaduc des Arts, underneath the promenade one can find a variety of arts and crafts shops, which are all located in the arches of the former elevated railway.

The Promenade Plantée offers walkers an amazing experience, something truly unique to Paris. Often off the beaten-track for tourists, the promenade provides visitors with expansive views of the city – you become one with the various buildings and architecture, yet remain a flâneur simultaneously. During the walk, one also encounters beautiful landscaped areas of parks, secluded from the modern metropolis. It is a surreal experience – hardly do you find a place within a capital city wherein you feel totally separated from the buzz and rush; but whilst uniquely being right in the middle of it.

Overall, the Promenade Plantée enables those visiting an enjoyable experience. Whether jogging, walking or just enjoying the landscape and views; the Promenade Plantée offers the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of Paris. A definite must.

This is a great illustration that shows the route of the promenade (Image taken from http://www.messynessychic.com)
Once again, don’t forget that you can check out all the photos that I took over on my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/roisingrace/sets/72157651594488338/
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Top 15 most inspiring Parisian Instagram accounts to follow

Top 15 most inspiring Parisian Instagram accounts to follow

I’m definitely not the first to admit this but, I love instagram. In fact, I might even be somewhat of an addict. As one of the first things I look at in the morning and the last at night, instagram is a fantastic way of seeing how others view the world that we live in. I’ve also found instagram great for learning more about this amazing city that I live in. From discovering new cafes or places to visit, to different ways to photograph many of the iconic sights here in Paris, instagram is invaluable. With all this said, and my addiction proudly declared to the world, I have composed a list of just some of my favourite Parisian based instagram accounts and photographers. ‘Some’ is used in the context that I probably could have chosen hundreds of accounts to include, but that would take forever and most definitely be never ending! So let me know some of your favourites as I love learning about new people to follow 🙂

Paris in Four Months (Instagram and Blog)

Paris in Four Months

I have been a huge fan of Paris in Four Months, even before I came out to Paris this year. A photographer and blogger, Carin Olsson posts beautifully bright instagrams. So whenever you’re feeling down and blue, be sure to check out her account for some cheering up. Olsson’s blog will provide you with much travel envy!

Where Kate Resides (Instagram and Blog

Where Kate Resides Instagram account

Some of you may already have met my friend Kate through my other posts within my blog. Kate is one of my best friends here, and is not only a fellow au pair, but a fellow instagramer and blogger. Kate is awesome at photography, and every time we meet up and venture around the city, she always finds something magical to photograph.

o_reilly_s (Instagram and Blog)

o_reilly_s

Aurélie’s instagram photos have a retro-vintage feeling to them, and offers an interesting insight into her various journeys. As stated in her ‘about me’, her account truly is the perfect representation of ‘Les flâneries d’Aurélie’, to which we can all follow too. I love her blog as well – which is both in French and English, meaning that I get to practice my French! Aurélie always find new places to explore in the city, which in turn inspires people like me – so many thanks to Aurélie!

Lost in Cheeseland (Instagram and Blog)

Lost in Cheeseland

One can always trust on Lindsey Traumuta’s instagram feed for Parisian inspiration – whether that be new locations to visit in the city, or perhaps the various hidden cafés to go an try for yourself. I am also obsessed with Lindsey’s blog. Before coming to Paris (and whilst still being here of course), I spent numerous hours exploring her various posts getting inspiration for my upcoming move to this beautiful city. Both Lindsey’s instagrams and blog posts are really inspiring, and definitely worth favouriting if you haven’t already.

La Denicheuse (Instagram and Blog)

Ladenicheuse

Sophie’s posts include a nice mixture of everything Parisian – ranging from the typical views of the city’s beautiful rues, to mouth-watering meals and food. I find that her photos have a fresh and young vibe, which I really like.

VuTheara (Instagram and Blog)

Vutheara

For those who do not live in Paris, make sure you check out VuTheara’s instagram account. VuTheara’s account represents his fascination with light, street photography and the urban environment. He captures the daily life of Parisians and the stunning architecture of the city with exquisite detail and from incredible perspectives. Even if you’re far away from Paris, just looking through VuTheara’s instagrams transport you to the city of love.

Making Magique (Instagram and Blog)

Making Magique

It seems that, a long with all the other people mentioned in this blog post, Haleigh Chasten Wlasworth aka Making Magique is definitely living the dream here in Paris, and her instagrams truly represent this. Making Magique blends beautiful pastel shades to capture the dreamy and magical quality of Paris and her daily life. However, it’s not just Paris that is included on her feed – check out many of her fashion and beauty posts.

Lauren Lou Bate (Instagram and Blog)

Lauren Lou Bate

Lauren Lou is an Australian Parisian, and her instagram account showcases her stunning photographs. Lauren also posts photos of her various trips – so travel along with her throughout her journey here in Paris and other places!

Katie Mitchell Photography (Instagram and Blog)

Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell is a wedding photographer, and her instagrams are incredibly beautiful. Not only does Katie post photographs of the city of love, but she also includes the odd photograph of her clients – those in love in the city of love. If you’re looking for some inspiration of where to get either some good selfie photos or group photos etc, check out Katie’s instagram account to view some amazing locations in Paris.

Am_Bitieuse (Instagram and Blog)

Am Bitieuse

A Mexican girl based in Paris, Ylenia’s instagram account and blog, aka Ambitious, is full of colour and vibrancy. Ylenia posts a blend of fashion and lifestyle. Her blog also has a heavy focus on fashion, and both Ylenia’s blog and instagram account are great for inspiration, and of course fashion envy!

Journey into La Ville Lumiere (Instagram and Blog)

Journey into La Ville Lumiere

Hana is originally from Slovakia, but has been living in Paris since January 2013. During this time, she has posted exquisite photos of La Ville Lumiere, making even those like me who live here jealous! Hana has a knack of taking wonderful shots, which often range from fashion to lifestyle. Name it, and Hana does it.

My Beautiful Pari (Instagram and Blog)

My Beautiful Pari

Norma Thiessen (also known for her blog My Beautiful Paris), takes a myriad of beautiful images of in and around Paris. However, not only does she takes photos of sights around her, but also join her on her journey across the world. Oh, and you’ll also see the odd photograph of her delightfully cute dog Oscar!

Arthur Gosse (Instagram)

Arthur Gosse

The one thing that you’ll be able to notice about Arthur’s photographs is that he manages to perfectly capture the daily life of the city, without being imposing. Arthur’s instagrams also show his versatility for perspective, which in turns help inspires people like myself when we next visit specific sites. Follow him to be transported through a true Flaneur journey around Paris.

Celicelo (Instagram)

Celicelo

Céline’s photos are always different, never the same. Playing around with a variety of colours, perespctives and scenes in her instagrams, Céline’s photographs are beautiful. Not only does she post images from in and around Paris, but also of her various travels – get ready to have some travel jealousy!

Callicles (Instagram and VSCO)

Callicles

There is something very tranquil about Sam J’s images. It’s almost like you are physically present at the scene, peering around the corner of the various rues, glimpsing the sights for yourself.