A sunny way to start the weekend
Not only was the sun shining brightly on this Friday at the Eiffel Tower, two rays of sunshine from San Jose, California, graced me with their presence! The uber cute married couple Jackie and his wife Cindy! They were brimming with friendliness and happiness and I learned it was their very first trip to Paris!
Paris for beginners
Sometimes as a photographer, I wonder how much should I share about Paris? After all, people are paying me to capture their beautiful images with the Eiffel Tower, do they want to hear all the other things to know about Paris? Or maybe, they just want me to create images.
But I just can’t help myself, I’ve been coming to Paris since I was 17 years old…a LONG time ago, and I’ve learned so much living here in the past five years full-time and coming here for many years before that.
I usually try to share some information about the Eiffel Tower itself, where to watch the sparkling lights show, sometimes I give advice on restaurants (although I rarely eat out living here) and also fun things to do or advice on what to skip.
Skip the Eiffel Tower or go up in it? That’s an entirely personal question. For some people, just seeing the Eiffel Tower from outside is good enough. Others really want to go up in the structure, which was built for the 1889 World’s Fair. It was constructed to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution and to demonstrate France’s industrial prowess to the world, and it celebrates its 130th birthday this year!
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world, with more than 7 million visitors a year? That number is just staggering! If you want to visit the Eiffel Tower, it’s best to buy tickets ahead of time as it can sell out. Head here to buy your tickets in advance >> https://www.toureiffel.paris/en/rates-opening-times
The other advice I give visitors is to take a river boat cruise, it’s super fun! There are several lines I like in Paris, but the grand daddy of them all is the Bateaux Mouches. You can see a whole different side to the city on the boat and learn a lot too, as they’re all narrated.
Eiffel Tower and a café
When Jackie booked his Picture Me Paris photo session with me, he requested we spend some time in a café for a quintessential Parisian experience. We began our Eiffel Tower session at Trocadero, exploring lots of different spots, and while the spring bloom is nearly done, there are a few purple trees blooming, the jacaranda tree is stunning. So me being the flower lover, I had to incorporate it into the session. Thankfully Jackie and Cindy are kind and were up for anything!
We had such a nice, sunny morning and saved some time at the end for a visit to a charming café. The cafe we selected was called Carette, and it’s near Trocadero. This café has a history of its own. Per their web site:
Depuis ce jour de 1927 où Jean Carette et sa femme Madeleine s’installèrent place du Trocadéro, la pâtisserie qui porte leur nom a su rester elle-même, par-delà les années : simplicité de l’accueil, chaleur des lieux, service attentif, saveur de l’assiette.
Basically this says that Jean (John) Carette and his wife Madeleine created this patisserie (bakery/sweet shop) that carries their name with attentive service and warmth. 1927! Love that, Paris has so much history.
Jackie and Cindy each had a coffee, served in delicate, pretty china. It was the perfect place to end their romantic Eiffel Tower photo session!
I hope to see Jackie and Cindy again some day, and thank them for choosing me to capture their very first trip to Paris!
Would you like to have your very own Parisian photo shoot? I’d love to welcome you! You can see more information here.