Day 1 - 1 Sep 2021
Content: We headed to Paris by car. It was already our 8th time in the city of Love, the second time by car. We started in the middle of the night from our hometown Salzburg, took a few coffee breaks in between and arrived at the center of Paris really easy and with far less traffic than we expected. We enjoyed the drive a lot as we drove along the Seine, crossing by some of the must-sees of Paris already. Such as Notre Dame, Ponte Alexandre III., Grand Palais, Place de la Concorde… it was simply amazing to drive along there. From the time on we crossed Notre Dame traffic got a lot more, but it was still okay to drive there.
Content: We parked our car in a car park directly under the Musée du Quai Branly, which is just a few steps away from the Eiffel Tower. We had made a reservation for a parking lot already online in advance via the App Parclick. We have had already good experiences with booking parking lots via Parclick in Venice and in Florence, ans also this time everything was easy and quick. The good thing in this parking area is, that your car will stay there for the entire stay and you will have 24h access to your car. In other parking areas you will be asked to leave the keys in the car as they change places with the cars or even drive them to a different property until your booked time slot is finished. The staff was friendly and helpful. Also the location was nice. We came out of the garage and the first thing we saw was a direct view to the Eiffel Tower. In general we want to point out the following tip regarding online bookings for your car: Pay attention to the maximum measurements given by the online platform before booking a parking lot online. Make sure you will have enough space to enter and exit the gates as not all garages are prepared for very big vehicles such as SUVs or Vans. Also read the online reviews. Pay attention when you see people writing that the parking garage is way too small or very difficult to park there and better search for a different option then.
Content: We took all our luggage with us and started our walk towards the hotel. Usually this walk would take you about 18 minutes but for us it took longer. In between we stopped by for a quick cafe and some first Paris snaps along the road.
Content: We made an early check in in our Hotel. The staff was friendly and we enjoyed our gorgeous room which was the ‘Comtesse room with balcony‘. It has a direct view to the Eiffel Tower from 3 sides: The typically Parisien style balcony, the side window, and the bathroom window.
Content: After a quick nap we went out for Lunch to a restaurant with a nice view to the Eiffel Tower, which we had come by while making our way with the luggage to the hotel.
Content: After having a late lunch we strolled around Champ de Mars and some of the streets nearby. We checked the famous and instagrammable photospots Rue de l‘Université as well as the streets nearby. We also went into a supermarket, bought Champagne and snacks as photoprops for an evening shooting we had planned for the picturesque balcony facing the Eiffel Tower.
Content: We prepared our evening shooting with fairy lights, props and lots of fun after we had nearly missed to watch the sunset from our balcony!🙊 The Eiffel Tower starts to sparkle after sunset every full hour for 5 minutes, and we were beyond happy to watch every lighting show at every full hour from our room until midnight. Taking photos and videos felt really special there.
Day 2 - 2 Sep 2021
Content: Waking up with this direct view to the illuminated Eiffel Tower in the morning really felt so special. Never ever would we have thought to wake up with a view like this one day.
Content: We ordered breakfast to the room, even though it came with some additional costs. But as we enjoyed this view from our room so much, we thought it was definately worth it. The breakfast was typically Parisien style and really delicious. It was such a special breakfast for us, even though honestly the noise of the traffic below us was a bit taking the magic away as rush hour began to start in Paris.
Content: We skipped all sightseeing plans that we had made for this morning because we just wanted to fully enjoy the vibe of this beautiful hotel room and the feeling of sitting there at this picturesque balcony. So we spent a very relaxed time there, took a long shower, read something and enjoyed ourselves while making some photos as well.
Content: After check out we left our luggage at the hotel and went straight to Champ de Mars, and walked towards the Eiffel Tower, and then straight up to Trocadéro. The area was currently closed due to Open Air Events with Public viewing of the Olympic games.
Content: Usually people mostly head directly to the Esplanade to get that most famous view of the city. But as this area was now closed, we strolled through the Gardens next to Trocadero and discovered beautiful natural corners, perfect for a picnic. A pretty pond, flowers, a little stream.
Content: We picked up our luggage and as it was really hot and we had a lot of stuff to carry with us we decided to go the easy way. We stopped a taxi to bring us to our very spontaniously booked AirBnB.
Content: We met Sanaa, the owner of our small but really charming and cute AirBnB flat. You can find it under the name ’Cocooning Place’ on the AirBnB App. This flat offered us the most jaw-dropping direct view to the Eiffel Tower we could have ever asked for. We were stoked, our mouth was left wide open and we couldn‘t help ourselves but to dance around in the apartement joyfully. We even weren‘t able to unlock our eyes from this view, so all we made was drinking one coffee after the other while sitting on the small wall in front of our window, with first row seats to Champ de Mars and the Eiffel Tower which felt so close as if we could even touch it. The rest of the apartement was super sweet decorated, tiny but cozy and with everything you need for a stay of two nights. The toilet was outside the room but that was no problem at all. And Sanaa was the most lovely host ever.
Content: After some relaxing at the apartement we decided to leave for exploring the city a little bit more. We walked towards a must see spot for a gorgeous view to the Eiffel Tower: Avenue de Camoens. Don‘t only stay at the top facing the iconic moument, also walk down the stairway to enjoy the picturesque and impressive statue of a beautiful lion, as well as some beautiful details and the beautiful shape of the stairway. Walking one street further towards Trocadero, we also discovered a little park directly next to Musée de l‘Homme, which was so beautiful, with a small pond and very quiet atmosphere. People were lying there, reading, chatting, listening to music.
Content: We headed further to the famous Bridge Bir-Hakeim, which offers iconic and amazing views to the Eiffel Tower and has already been movie locations as well, such as Inception with Leonardo di Caprio.
Content: We went for a quick dinner at the restaurant around the corner of our AirBnB. Usually we stay away from eating out in touristy places and prefer to go to hidden gems, but we ran a bit out of time and we were really hungry. Prizes were a bit higher of course as it‘s just a few steps away from the Eiffel Tower, but they had Happy hour, the food was honestly delicious and the drinks were good as well.
Content: The rest of the evening consisted only of sitting on our front row seats with that view to the Eiffel Tower that felt out of this world in every minute. Watching the sunset was so beautiful, but imagine how we felt as the Tower began to sparkle in front of us and made us feel like we were in our own Hollywood movie! One of the best evenings in our lifes.
Day 3 - 3 Sep 2021
Content: We got up early, watched the sunrise from our window and admired again the view and the sky changing colours from blue to purple to orange. Then we packed all our camera equipment and made our way towards the Louvre.
Content: We quickly stopped by for a few photos at the Caroussel and because we were already pretty late we stopped a taxi along the way to the Louvre.
Content: As we have been to the Louvre multiple times at former trips, this time we didn’t went in, but focused on catching the beautiful early morning light for some photos without people. Then we walked during the Tuileries Gardens and along the Place de la Concorde to the entry of the Grand Palais.
Content: The Grand Palais opens at 10am. If you come before you will get the chance to shoot some photos at the most beautiful portal in Paris.
Content: Then we headed to the Seine, to make some pictures at the most beautiful bridge in Paris, that is simply a piece of art. Ponte Alexandre III was built in Belle-Époche style and totally worth visiting it. You will also have a beautiful view to the Eiffel Tower.
Content: We walked through the Tuileries Gardens back again towards the Louvre and went for a snack to our most favourite and really beautiful Café in Paris. It‘s always our first Café that we visit when in Paris. Don‘t miss out trying their delicious Mont Blanc 😉 Prices are high of course, but the flair and Parisien vibes always pay off for us.
Content: Right next to Café Angelina there is a really beautiful bookshop that you should visit afterwards.
Content: We strolled through the Tuileries Gardens again, took a ride with the Caroussel and ate cotton candy.
Content: We took the Metro and headed back to our AirBnB. We took it easy, drank coffee, soaked up the sun and enjoyed our time with the view again.
Content: This evening we ticked of an activity that we had on our list for years! We had previously booked a shooting with a photographer who is licensed to go up to Parisien rooftops with clients. We came across the beautiful Carine via her Instagram profile @carina_shooting She was wonderful and made our ever first booked photoshooting an amazing and wonderful time. The view was mezmerizing and we felt a bit like in a Hollywood movie. We booked 1,5 hours shooting for 250€. The shooting results made us incredibly happy and now we are close friends with the lovable Carine. As a private person you are not allowed to enter rooftops by yourself, for safety and privacy reasons. A shooting like this is what we can totally recommend to you!
Day 4 - 4 Sep 2021
Content: This morning was already the last one for us in Paris again. We got up early, packed our stuff and brought it to our car which was still parked in the booked parking garage. We just had to walk 10 minutes, as the garage was only on the other side of Champ de Mars. We went to the famous Café Odette in 5th arrondissement near Notre Dame.
Content: Even though Notre Dame is still under construction, this place is still one of our favourites every time we come to Paris. We just strolled around there a bit.
Content: Another pretty photospot near Notre Dame is the iconic Bookstore Shakespeare and Company. Unfortunately we were running out of time. We had to head back to our AirBnB for Check out.
Content: After Check out we admired a last iconic view to the Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars, created some photos.
Content: We went for a quick lunch to a restaurant near our last Hotel La Comtesse which was incredibly delicious! Right afterwards we went to our car and started our ride to Normandy.
Day 4 - 4 Sep 2021
Content: We arrived pretty on time for sunset at Mont Saint Michel. The drive on the last minutes along the coast is really scenic and beautiful.
Day 4 - 4 Sep 2021
Content: We parked straight on one of the car park near Mont Saint Michel. As we had our mattress with us we wanted to sleep in the car instead of booking an accomodation. So we only had to pay 14€ for the 24 hours parking space, parked our car and went straight down the street leading to the Monastery of Mont Saint Michel for watching the sunset. It‘s still a long way to go, take 10-15 minutes walking into mind until you reach the view point and the beginning of the footbridge. At this time there were only few people left at the viewpoint, so we had the meadows and the gorgeous view pretty much to ourselves. I’m
Content: The colours turned crazy after sunset and we admired the pieceful atmosphere while taking lots of photos and walking towards the Monastery. We even witnessed some glowworms that made this evening even more magical! The footbridge doesn‘t seem to be that long, but plan with at least 30-45 minutes to cross the bridge. You will want to take a lot of photos as well :-)
Day 4 - 4 Sep 2021
Content: Back at the car we prepared ourselves for spending the night in the car. We were able to use the sanitary facilities of the campsite next to the car park.
Day 5 - 5 Sep 2021
Content: We got up really early to catch the first morning light. It was still pitchblack as we started walking towards the viewpoint along the main road leading to the shore. It was only us and two other people there and we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise. First we thought the fog would make it impossible to see the Monastery, but then it disappeared and the colours of the sky turned into magic and gifted us with one of the most magical sunrise of our lives.
Content: There are signs on these stones showing the height of the tides.
Day 5 - 5 Sep 2021
Content: We made our way among the footpath next to the bridge towards the monstery and we stopped every two minutes to enjoy the epic vibes and warm tones of the smooth morning light coming through the rest of the fog.
Content: Monastery is cut off from land twice a day due to the tides. This is why you can take guided walks along the wadden sea. You can also take a walk on your own, but you really must be careful and stay close to the Monastery. The water comes back very quickly at high tide and it can get dangerous when you‘re walking alone too far away from the mainland.
Content: Mont Saint Michel is a decicated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. You can cross the causeway either by shuttle bus (it‘s free and takes around 12 minutes), that runs without interruptions from 7:30 in the morning until Midnight. You also can walk by foot or ride the bike. To beat the crowds the crowds we would recommend going to the Monastery before 9 am! Keep in mind that the Cafés and restaurant open not very early, so better have breakfast and your first coffee at the mainland.
Content: Also prices are higher here and so we only went for a cappucchino there. It was pricey but to stay fair it was one of the best cappucchino we ever had so far ;-)
Content: We took the free shuttle bus back to the mainland, walked back to our car again and started our way 14 hours long drive back home.
Day 5 - 5 Sep 2021
Content: Along the way there are many sunflower fields and of course we weren‘t able to drive home without taking a break and creating some last photos.