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Seeing Paris from the air is always a treat. Not only is it easy to recognise some of the city’s most famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, it’s also a great way to truly appreciate the beauty of Baron Haussmann‘s stunning design of the city’s wide boulevards, epicentres and parks.

On a recent plane trip from Amsterdam to Valencia, the flight path took us directly over the heart of Paris. It was a partially cloudy day but the views between the clouds were astounding. I often find myself in row ‘A’ on many regional European flights – I must’ve mentioned a preference for this row some time ago. Sitting in row ‘A’ on a flight from Amsterdam to Spain provides passengers with gorgeous views of, among others, the Millau Viaduct. However, on this particular flight, I was allocated a seat in row ‘F’ (the right side of the plane) and the views were equally stupendous.

As we flew over Paris, the expansive Charles de Gaulles airport came into view. Moments later, the massive Stade de France stadium in the Parisian suburb of St. Denis was unmistakable. At that moment, we were flying at an altitude of 12,000 meters or 40,000 feet. I zoomed in and took a series of pictures. It was easy to recognise the Arc de Triomphe and the network of boulevards, including the Champs-Elysée leading up to it. It was only later, when I got the chance to closely study the pictures I took, that I discovered the presence of other famous Parisian landmarks in the photos. Can you see the Palais de Chaillot (Trocadero) and the Eiffel Tower in the photo below?

Note: my flight to Valencia was sponsored by Dutch regional airline, Transavia.

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