"As we were walking up the hill to The Basilica of Sacré-Cœur, we saw a group of children getting ready to release balloons in the air. Each balloon had a note tied to it and it was precious to hear all the children saying "Au revoir!" to the balloons as they floated up into the sky."
"On one side of the Tuileries Gardens in Paris are carnival rides. For most of the day in Paris it had been rainy and cool. Thankfully by the time I stopped by the gardens the sun had come out and blue skies emerged. The pink and white of this ride against the blue sky made for an amazing sight."
"On a Paris, France boat tour, you can get a glimpse of some of the city’s most mythical spots, such as Notre Dame de Paris, which is arguably the most stunning Gothic cathedral in the world—and is undoubtedly the most famous."
"This was by far my favorite Metro sign that I saw in Paris. It was on the Champs Elysees and had such a great vintage vibe to it."
"The famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris."
"Jardin des Plantes, Paris."
"When in Paris, we rent a small studio apartment in the Montmartre neighborhood. One of the things that keeps us coming back to this particular place is the magnificent view of Sacre Coeur from the terrace, which becomes simply stunning at night."
"This picture was taken on a beautiful summer day while visiting the sites in Paris. The clouds were a perfect backdrop to highlight the beautiful architecture."
"Ahhh! Paris in springtime!!! I was lucky enough to be there this last April and these are a few of my favorite photos from that trip. Flowers were gorgeous all over the city, and I loved seeing all the food markets selling cheeses and breads."
"Some of the most beautiful sculptures in Paris reside on the sides of the Arc."
"Passengers enjoy an evening dinner cruise on the River Seine, Paris."
"Galleries Lafeyette has a great (and free) view of Paris from its roof. While you're there, you might as well head to the gourmet section and grab some delicious prepared food to enjoy from up high. This was taken in February so I opted for lunch at a nearby café."
"Eiffel at Sunset from the Louvre."
"Paris view from the south tower of Notre Dame."
"Sneaking a peak at the Eiffel Tower through a side-street in Paris."
"After a few Metro rides in Paris, my wife and I arrived at Sacre Couer. The interior of the church hides a lot of treasures of its own: marble sculptures, stained-glass windows, and mosaics. You can literally spend hours admiring every nook and cranny of the place."
"Notre Dame, Paris, Spring 2010."
"Laduree window in Paris."
"Night view on Saint Michel bridge in Paris, France."
"Sainte Chapelle, Paris. The best stained glass I've ever seen is in this small cathedral near Notre Dame. Don't miss it when you go to see Notre Dame."
"Paris landscape at sunset."
"Park behind Notre Dame Cathedral."
"Arc de Triomphe, Paris."
"View from Hôtel de Ville."
"Though not really taken at midnight, I still like the way the dome on top of the Louvre Museum looks at night."
— Courtesy photojen222/myBudgetTravel
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