Postcard from a Paris sunset

June 28, 2012 in Europe,France,Places

When I think of my favorite sunsets, I usually think of beaches: the sky swirling into an endless variety of colors over Gili Trawangan or the beaches of Maui. Cities usually block out all the good sky, and concrete isn’t nearly as brilliantly reflective as saltwater.

Orange skies over Ile de la Cite in Paris, France

But on my last trip to Paris, Nevin and I were awe-struck by the gorgeous skies at dusk: from vividly orange to sunshine streaming through the clouds to perfectly clear blue skies, the City of Lights puts on a good show right before the street lights flip on.

Clouds and rays of sun during sunset on the Seine in Paris, France via instagram

Head down to the banks of Île Saint-Louis with a bottle of champagne to watch the sunshine peek through the clouds over Île de la Cité.

Sunset over Paris from the Centre Pompidou Museum, France

Pop up to the top floor of the Centre Pompidou–it’s free–to see the sun set over the whole city. There’s a restaurant as well for the ultimate sunset drink in Paris.

Orange and purple sunset over the Seine River in Paris, France

As close to a beach sunset as you’re going to get: orange and yellow reflecting brilliantly in the Seine.

Hotel de Ville at sunset in Paris, France

Even though you can’t see the actual sun set, I still love the light reflecting on Hôtel de Ville at dusk: it completely changes the iconic facade.

Sunset over Notre Dame in Paris, France

On a clear day, the sky maintains its brilliant blue even as the sun sets: just the outline of Notre-Dame obscures the endless sky.

Note: As you gaze over the city, indulge yourself with a glass of champagne and soak up the wonderful architecture. Food and drink don’t come much better than in Paris, and visitors can discover a wealth of bars and restaurants around each corner.

What’s your favorite Paris sunset photo? 

  • What beautiful shots!!

  • Wow – the sky in that second one looks like a Renaissance painting!

  • Yes France has been blessed with gorgeous sunsets for the past two weeks (and a heat wave!). Great shots 🙂

  • stunning photography, per usual! 

  • Riz

    As always I’m blown away of your shots! 🙂 Hope to see my dream City someday
     

  • Gorgeous! I love sunsets — in Singapore we saw beautiful ones from our flat every day; wish I lived closer to the river here in Paris so I could catch them every day!

  • camorose

    Thanks! Paris made it pretty easy to do so 🙂

  • camorose

    So gorgeous–I was in awe the whole time!

  • camorose

    I’ll take the sunsets, maybe not the heat wave 🙂

  • camorose

    Merci ma cherie 🙂

  • camorose

    Awww thanks lady 🙂

  • Paris has some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. Couldn’t help but capture many of them myself:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.574278579094.2118057.13300552&type=3&l=e5dad985e5 

  • camorose

    And not a bad view to capture them 🙂

  • These are incredible! I can’t wait to see these with my own eyes.

  • The sky looks insane in these! Love the intensity of the colours, and the glow of Hotel de Ville!

  • camorose

    Hope that Paris turns it on while you’re there–so amazing when it does!

  • camorose

    Thanks–that Hotel de Ville one is one of my favorites, a bit different perspective of the sunset 🙂

  • Choco_mademoiselle

    wow, it’s beautiful!! I miss miss miss Paris and I can’t wait for September to go there! 🙂 

  • camorose

    Ahhh you’re so lucky you’re close–September is the perfect month to visit!

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  • LostInCheeseland

    Yep, it’s the city of sublime sunsets!

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