I was doing a bit of work in scotland recently and the cheapest way to get back from Edinburgh to Geneva was via Paris, although with a stopover of a few hours. I thought I’d take this opportunity to check out the city and take a few photos while I was there. I only had my iPhone with me, but it has a great camera on it so I still managed to get some half descent shots. First task though was to battle the queue’s and the baffling ticket system to get a train to the city centre.

Paris by Train
Waiting to leave Charles de Gaulle airport and get the train into Paris city centre

I hadn’t been to the Eiffel Tower before, so like a true tourist that was first on my list for the day, hopefully a great place to get some good photos.

Photos of the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower

At one point this was the tallest structure in the world and it still doesn’t fail to impress. At 324m high it towers over the rest of Paris as a stunning reminder of days gone by.

Photos of the Eiffel Tower
Looking up from under the Eiffel Tower

After going though the security queue just to get near it, I then had a choice of a long queue for a ticket for the lift, or a not quite as long queue for the stairs. I went for the queue for the stairs and an hour later started my ascent up all 704 of them.

Photos of the Eiffel Tower
Looking down from the stairs on the Eiffel Tower

The first level is surprisingly large, with some glass panels in the floor in some places. Turns out other tourists terrified of standing on the glass don’t like it when you jump up and down on it.

Photos of the Eiffel Tower
Queues viewed from the first level

After getting to the second level, unfortunately I don’t have time to extend my trip to the top (more queues) so I made my way back down the stairs passing the impressive elevators as they trundled up and down inside the legs of the tower, managing to get a couple of photos as shot past.

Photos of the Eiffel Tower
One of the Elevators

Time to take a stroll along the Seine through a great street food market before popping into the Jeu de Paume for a quick look at their photography gallery. If you’re into photography they have featured photographer exhibitions with both still photography and video, and there’s a great bookshop with a large range of photography books.

Paris Metro Sign
Paris Metro Sign

Not much time left so jumped back on the metro to the airport to get my flight to Geneva and a well deserved rest for the legs.

If you have the time flights with stopovers are a great way of exploring somewhere new with very little extra cost. If you haven’t read my other blog post on 24 hours in Madrid, have a read now.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Roof
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

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