It’s cold and windy. My hands feel like ice cubes. My eyes water and my mascara is running down my face. But I don’t care. Coffee cup in hand, camera in the other, I’m watching the sunrise over Paris.
There’s nothing quite like the first glint of sunlight just over the horizon, that first hint of a golden glow. The candy coloured skyline ablaze, awash with the hope of a new day. I used to think that the best time of day was sunset. Now it’s sunrise…
Sunset is pretty and there’s a pretty adequate amount of time between waking up and the actual event to not be too bleary-eyed yo ensure that you don’t miss a thing. But sunrise is like magic. You wake up with the sun.
The most amazing location from which to watch sunrise over Paris is, without a doubt, Jardins du Trocadéro (and a quick search on google for images of Parisian sunrises doesn’t completely prove me wrong). Located in the 16e arrondissement, the Jardins du Trocadéro lies across from the Eiffel Tower, on the other side of the Seine. Its predominant feature is the Fountain of Warsaw, otherwise known as the Water Mirror.
From this location, the sun quite literally rises above the horizon before shining through the lower levels of the Eiffel Tower. Like magic. And the best part about going to watch the Eiffel Tower early in the morning? Asides from one or two fashion shoots and a few camera-wielding early birds, the place was practically empty. Bonus.
Tips for photographing sunrise over Paris:
- Nearest metro: Trocadéro, Lines 6 and 9.
- If arriving by metro, allow plenty of time for arrival: my train was delayed by around ten minutes and I almost missed sunrise altogether!
- The weekend will be a lot quieter.
- Bring a coffee.
- Bring a warm jacket; it can be quite breezy at the top of the jardins!
And if none of the above has already convinced you to see the sun rise up above the Eiffel Tower: it’s free. It costs absolutely nothing.