Best Views of Paris From Above

Paris is an extraordinarily beautiful city. You can argue about its people or its government but you can’t argue its exquisiteness. Walking the streets and taking in the architecture, the cafe scene, the people, and the energy of the city is one of my favorite things. As beautiful as it is from the ground, it is breathtaking from above. Seeing the rooftops and monuments from a birds-eye-view is unforgettable. It is so quiet from above and being able to see Paris for miles is something I can’t put into words, it must be experienced for yourself!

Here is my list of the Best Views of Paris From Above:

Arc de Triomphe
Best Views of Paris From Above Offers an amazing panoramic view of the twelve avenues departing from the Place de l’Étoile. Make your way up to the viewing platform for a great view over the whole Historical Axis – from the Louvre to the Grande Arche in the CBD of La Défense. I recommend heading here at dusk on a clear day to see Paris lit up in a golden light. It is everything you want, and more! If you can’t make it by dusk certainly go for nighttime. The twinkling lights below will be an unforgettable site.

Best Views of Paris From Above

Everybody goes to Montmartre to either see the church, historic Paris, or just to experience a place they have only ever heard about. Whatever the reason they make their way up the hill, they stay for the beautiful 360 degree views of Paris. The view of the Paris skyline from the top of the Montmartre Hill is one of the most famous spots in all the city. **tip: climb to the top of the Sacré Coeur for an unbelievable view of Paris and beyond

Tour Montparnasse
I must admit, this is my least favorite building in Paris. It is new and of modern design, 100% not what you want Paris to be. However, the view from the 56th floor makes up for its awkward placement and out of place design. From the 56th floor you will have a birds-eye view of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Montmartre and the Luxembourg Garden.  The open-air roof-terrace is opened to the public and is best for taking photos of Paris’ most famous monuments and landmarks.

Musée d’Orsay
Believe it or not, there are great views from the rooftop of this superb museum, and they’re included in the regular admission fee.

Galeries Lafayette
Best Views of Paris From Above
A rival to the Printemps department store, the terrace might give it a leg up. Sipping on a glass of wine while staring at views of the Grands Boulevards district, Notre-Dame and Panthéon make the Galeries Lafayette a spectacular place to spend an afternoon.

Eiffel Tower
I am so embarrassed to say that I only just experienced the third platform of the Eiffel Tower. It has some of the most incredible views of Paris, which stretch for 70 km, as far as the outskirts of the French capital, Charles de Gaulle airport and the countryside beyond its suburbs. If you want a more up close and personal view of Paris, stop at the second platform where you can view some of the city’s most famous monuments in detail.  Because the Tower is a pretty far west you will get the true experience of Paris but not as good of 360 panoramic views like the Tour Montparnasse.

Printemps Haussmannian
Although not quite as high as terraces of other monuments, the free-platform of department store Printemps on Boulevard Haussmann gives a fine view over the roofs of Paris, particularly those of Haussmannian buildings. There is a good perspective leading to the Madeleine Church and the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Notre Dame
Best Views of Paris From Above
At 69 metres high, the South tower of Notre-Dame offers magnificent view over West Paris (from the Eiffel Tower to La Défense and Sacré Cœur). You should stay as long as the guards will let you in order to fully appreciate the moment. This extraordinary view also provides a different perspective of the cathedral’s greenish roof, as well as the clocks and the gargoyles.

Institut du Monde Arabe
Best Views of Paris From Above

I was able to experience this spot with a local photographer, Mary Quincy. She shared her secret spot with me and it was so amazing! As well as being a beautiful building, with interesting architecture, there is a great view of the River Seine, Notre Dame, and Ile Saint Louis. There is a really cute cafe at the top where you can sip on tea and take in the views.

The Find
Whereabouts: Dallas, TX

at home • Neon Cactus

When it comes to color I keep in minimal, be it in my home, wardrobe or life.  However, these neon cactus might be the perfect pop my home needs! A girl from Texas needs a home full of cactus, especially ones so boisterous. shop them here

Travel • New Orleans City Guide

With Mardi Gras coming soon there will be an annual migration to the city of live music and good times – New Orleans. I had only visited New Orleans in college for Mardi Gras and from what I remembered it was a great time! Since there is so much more to the Big Easy than that one holiday the hubs and I decided to go for our two year anniversary! We ended up having an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back! It has everything you need – amazing food, happy people, great drinks, loads to do, and lots of live music! With the right person it is the ideal weekend getaway! If you plan to head there this year be sure to check out my City Guide and e-mail me with any questions! You can also take a photographic journey in my previous posts here and here.

Beauty Secrets

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Ben Nye Banana Finishing Powder – I just discovered this after learning about “baking” your make-up! It is an amazing finishing powder (I mix it with this in a cub) and makes your make-up last all day! It can be a little hard to wash off so I recommend using this as well! (be sure to watch this video and let it sit for at least 5-10 min and then brush off to see its full affects).

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance – Oh my gorgeousness! This illuminating cream is unbelievable. When you wear it you will literally look like a goddess. It is subtle but really does illuminate your skin. I will wear it by itself if I am running around town or on my cheeks and top of my forehead to add a little glow to my evening make-up.

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frank body Body Balm – I love this body balm. It took a while to get used to because it has beads that look more like an exfoliating cream but don’t worry, they do dissolve! It is the perfect balance of oil and moisturizer! I wear it every time I exfoliate my legs with this (the hubs and I swear by it) or when I see them getting overly dry.

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Benefit lash-hugging gel liner pen – If your eyeliner has ever run to the top of your eyelid, this is a game changer! I grew really frustrated after being promised an eyeliner wouldn’t run and then every time I looked in the mirror at the end of the day it was every where! I decided to give this liner pen a try and was so surprised that it actually worked! A little goes a long way so it has lasted a while too! The only negative, you do need to have eye make-up remover! This baby is tough!

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Frank Body Lip Scrub and Balm Duo – I always read about making your own exfoliating sugar lip scrub but being an anti-DIY person I knew I never would. When Frank body, who I love, came out with a lip scrub duo I was sold! I immediately ordered it and have been in love ever since! The scrub really exfoliates away dead skin but leaves your lips feeling really moisturized. I know that sounds impossible but that is how magic this stuff is! And the Balm is incredible too! I wear it It is surprisingly light for being such an intense balm! I wear it over my Laura Mercier lip liner and even to bed! It is a really versatile balm.

Laura Mercier Lip Pencil (in Natural Lips) – I love to line my lips and fill them in with the same liner to achieve the “fuller lip” look. I have been wanting a natural lip liner color but every time I buy one it ends up  being too pink. I stopped in Blue Mercury the other day and asked for a brownish lip color and ended up with this one! It is so natural and looks great paired with my Frank Body Balm.

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Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo – By far one of my favorite products! I have written about it before but I can’t help but share it again. I was told about this dry shampoo by my friend Krystal while on our Paris trip in October. I have probably used a bottle every two weeks since. It comes in dark and light tones and really soaks up any extra oil your hair may have. I also love the light tones as it helps my roots look a little lighter in-between highlights.
*use: I actually put this on my hair when it is wet. I blow dry it and then put a little bit more on when it is dry. It helps my hair last longer and also gives it that lighter look.

 Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray – I love Oribe but had never tried this Thickening spray. I really don’t like BIG TEXAS HAIR so since high school I have stayed away from thickening sprays. However, I put this in my hair on my last trip to the salon and I loved it! It gave it a little bit more texture and “oomph” to play with. Perfect for that extra pep all of our hair needs!

all photos from Mario Testino, In Your Face, book

Outfits • Emoji Intimates

I must admit, I am an emoji freak! I used to make fun of people like me, but now I have become one! Sometimes they just express what you want to say better than words! Love emojis too? Now you can wear them, or gift them! These silk emoji intimates are the perfect gift for yourself, your girlfriend, or your bestie!

at home • Love Is Art

Valentines Day is always important to me. I spend months trying to find the perfect gift! A few years ago I couldn’t afford what I really wanted to get Brice so I settled on something unique – Love Is Art! We had a romantic dinner and a little late night fun! It was unforgettable (and hilarious)! We still have the painting hanging on our wall and giggle every time someone asks who the artist is!

Outfits • The Swedish Sneaker

I am Swedish obsessed. They do minimal chic so perfectly! While the hubs and I were shopping I came across a pair of EYTYS sneakers (I swear they are the next big thing) and I fell in instant love. The hubs even said,  “I knew you were going to love those.” I didn’t end up getting them and have regretted it since. I have literally thought about them DAILY so I am going to pull the trigger on this suede pair! They will go perfectly with leather pants now, white jeans in the spring, and a dress in the summer! Ah, I can’t wait!!!!!

Framebridge for Valentines Day

FramebridgeI absolutely adore Valentines! A day dedicated to love and togetherness has always been one of my favorites. Whether I was celebrating it with a man or my girlfriends I try to make it as special as possible. Every year I take my time trying to come up with that one, special gift which will let my loved ones know how much they mean to me and this year I think I hit the jackpot!

If you follow this blog or follow me on Instagram you know that I absolutely love travel and travel photography! One of the main things my husband and I have in common is our passion for travel and seeing the world! Brice, my husband, has mentioned numerous times that we should dedicate a wall in our home to hanging a photo from each of our travels. I always thought this was a brilliant idea but I never wanted to deal with the hassle of finding someone to print the photos, paying someone to frame them, and then having to deal with picking them up. This headache has allowed me to go almost 7 years without printing out one of our many travel photos!

I had heard about printing and framing websites before but every time I went to their webpage I was overwhelmed by their process and underwhelmed by their pricing! It wasn’t until I decided to give Frambridge a try that I was completely blown away by an online printing and framing service. From the first minutes of uploading your photos to the final ordering, the entire process was so user-friendly! Their easy photo uploader and 31 framing options might be enough to impress you, but  what really sealed the deal for me was their pricing! We all know how expensive framing can be so I was blown away by their fair and competitive pricing.

After the ordering was complete I did get a little nervous at how the print quality would turn out. However, when they arrived my worries were laid to rest! The photo quality was exceptional! I couldn’t have paid someone a thousand dollars to do any better! If you are nervous about the quality – don’t be! They recommend the best size frame for your photos pixels to keep your photo at top quality!

Since I couldn’t wait to give Brice the photos, we shared Valentines a little early this year! He absolutely loved each one and was also blown away at how well they did! We have already placed our second order and can’t wait to fill our wall with all of our special travel memories!

** One of the really unique framing options they are offering this year is the Heartstagram! Take a photo from your Instagram and perfectly fit it into a heart shaped liner! This would be perfect for your best friend, mother, or significant other! Since Brice and I don’t like having photos of ourselves splashed across our home I created one little heartstagram from our past trip to Nantucket! It fits perfectly on his nightstand and is a beautiful reminder of the prettiest sunset we have ever seen!
If this is something you want to share with someone who means the world to you, hurry and order! The last day to place your order and receive before Valentines Day is 2.7.16!

Start your framing here! And use code MARYS15 at checkout for your 15% discount (valid until 4/30)!

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Get that photo you’ve been wanting to display framed! You know you have one :) Check out Framebridge here!

And don’t forget to use code MARYS15 at checkout for your 15% discount (valid until 4/30)!


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