Seeing Paris from a plane window 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 flight from Amsterdam, 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.
As we flew over Paris, the expansive Charles de Gaulles airport came into view. Moments later, the Stade de France stadium, with its distinctive white roof, in the Parisian suburb of St. Denis was unmistakable. At that moment, we were flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters or 33,000 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. In the photo below, you can just about see the Arc de Triomphe, Trocadero and Eiffel Tower.
On another flight from Amsterdam to Barcelona, I spotted this view of Paris from the air. I zoomed in a bit for a closer look and I could clearly see the Seine river and the Île de la Cité. The broad Champs Élysée boulevard could also easily be seen, as well as the Arc du Triomphe. Just west of the boulevard, I spotted the Eiffel Tower. Can you spot these iconic landmarks in the photo below?
The Île de la Cité is the island in the middle of the photo. Follow the line of the Seine River upwards and you can spot the grounds of the Louvre and the Champs Élysée on the right of the river. At the top of the leftward bend of the Seine, you can see the Eiffel Tower.
As the plane flew further south, Orly Airport, Paris’ second airport, came into view.
Flying over Paris on a clear day is always a treat and I love trying to spot all these world-famous landmarks!
Paris from a plane window by night
Flying over Paris at night is also an amazing experience. It quickly becomes apparent why they call it the ‘City of Lights’. The sparkling mass is an incredible sight. In the photo below, look closer and you might even be able to spot the brightly lit Eiffel Tower.
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