Iconic Paris

Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

As first time visitors to Paris, we knew exactly what to do (when we weren’t just making out, that is).

We had to hit all the big sights: see the tower, cruise the river, stand under the Arc. Yes, we were “those” tourists.

But tourist-y places are tourist-y for a reason…because they are awesome. And yes, we were crawling over hundreds of other people to get the shot we wanted, but without cursing or faulting any single one of them.

It’s Paris! It deserves to be fully adored…

Sacre Coeur Paris
Bridge Iron Work
Notre Dame by Night
Seine at Night
The Louvre - Paris
Louvre Corridors
Arc de Triomphe
Champs de Elysee
La Station Rambuteau
Tour Eiffel
Eiffel Tower by Night

It is difficult to put words to the romance that Paris inspires. Perhaps we just need one.


21 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • November 4 2013

    Your pictures are amazing! I visited years ago with my P&S. I hope to get back there someday and retrace my steps with my boyfriend next time.

  • November 4 2013

    These pics are magnificent! Some of the best I’ve ever seen of Paris.

    • November 5 2013

      Wow, thanks so much Andi!

  • Cam
    November 4 2013

    Great shots guys!
    We were there last summer with the wee man, so it was super hard to get out at night and play with the camera. I love the Notre Dame photo at night

    • November 5 2013

      Thanks Cam! That is one of my faves too. The wee man needs a later bedtime! 🙂

  • EuroTripTIps
    November 4 2013

    I’m so glad you loved Paris! I have been in a post-Europe funk lately and seeing these photos makes me all mushy on the inside. I miss Paris!

    • November 5 2013

      I feel the same way (in the same funk)! I miss it too!

  • Solo Traveller
    November 5 2013

    Your pictures reminded me of my time in Paris. I loved it. It’s true that you just have to adore Paris. You just can’t help it.

  • November 5 2013

    Brilliant photos, as usual. Particularly love the askew Eiffel Tower and “Amour”, which reminded me of the wonderful homonymous film. I’ll always adore Paris, both its lights and its darkness. I’m very glad you guys enjoyed it.
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  • November 6 2013

    Posts like this make me wonder why I ever moved away. Man I miss this place. Love that shot of Pont de la Tournelle! Spent many summer nights picnicking there while staring at Notre Dame and the statue of Genevieve.
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  • November 6 2013

    Ah, Paris. Lovely photos, as usual – especially the night shots!!
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  • Mariella (Bridgekeeping Traveller)
    November 6 2013

    I especially adore the bridges, of course! Beautiful shots. I need to go to Paris if only for the bridges!

  • Ssmeder
    November 7 2013

    My favorite place on earth and your photos capture it so perfectly! They are beautiful.

    Susan Smeder (AgelessGlobeTravels)

  • November 7 2013

    Wonderful photos – they really capture the essence of Paris! And there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying being a tourist. Like you say, some places are touristy because they are awesome!
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  • November 8 2013

    All of these photos are stunning but the one of the Notre Dame from the boat is my favorite!

    Happy travels 🙂
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  • November 14 2013

    Paris is for lovers! I adore your incredibly romantic posts and stunningly beautiful images!

  • November 14 2013

    Beautiful. No other word to describe Paris. What you provided for us, Pete is really incredible. Makes me want to go there for a vacation. The Louvre looks really stunning, though. Paris is perfect!

  • Laura
    December 5 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous pics. The second pic has such an amazing perspective. Love it!

  • December 21 2013

    Amazing photos of Paris! I love them all but I must say your photo of Notre Dame lit at night is really stunning!
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  • August 10 2014

    Your Paris pictures are awesome, loved those!
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  • January 28 2015

    Luscious photos! Especially the night pics. Yes, Paris is a romantic city all right…
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