Sunrise over Paris

Sunset behind the Eiffel Tower

Every time I see a sunset, I make a vow to become a morning person. There’s something so calming and hopeful about watching a new day break, and it’s somehow even better when you get to watch the sunrise behind the Eiffel Tower.

On our first morning in Paris, I had every intention of getting up early to watch the sunrise behind the Eiffel Tower, but I slept through my alarm. Luckily for me, I’d forgotten about the one hour time difference between Paris and England so when I rolled out of bed at 08:20, pink was just beginning to creep into the sky.

I nudged Tom and got a response that didn’t really sound like words, so I got dressed quickly, grabbed my stuff and raced out of the hotel.

We stayed in the Mercure Tour Eiffel, which is about a 2 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. As soon as you exit the hotel, you can see it imposing on the skyline, dominating everything around it.

Pink sunrise by the Eiffel Tower from Champ De Mars

Unlike the night before, Champ de Mars was free of men selling tacky light up statues and probably stolen bottles of wine. Instead, the odd tourist milled around, faces full of joy as they watched the sky change colours behind  the Eiffel Tower. On the grass, birds picked at the bits of hot dog and churros left on the floor by people who had been enjoying the market the night before.

On the other side of the road, at the Jardins du Trocadero, was where the photographers were out to play. Everyone there had tri-pods and DSLRs; I was pretty sure that if you were to turn up with a compact camera you would have been stared at until you burst into flames.

Sunrise behind the Eiffel Tower

I’ve seen so many photos taken from the same place and I don’t think I will ever get enough of them. Seeing the Eiffel Tower standing strong against a flaming sky was one of those moments that filled me with bliss; I felt privileged to be watching the sunrise while around me, locals were too preoccupied with getting to work on time. 

Christmas tree sunrise in front of Eiffel Tower

Sunrise Paris

That’s one of those things that I always think about whenever I visit somewhere. All around you, the locals are hurriedly getting on with their lives; maybe they’re running late for work and haven’t had time for breakfast, are thinking about what they’ve got to do today, or perhaps they’re excited about seeing that guy / girl they like when they get to school. Meanwhile, you’re taking in every inch of their town or city with hungry eyes and you just can’t possibly understand how they can go about their everyday life and not stop to stare at the beauty that surrounds them.

Are you a morning person?

  • What a lovely sunrise. It is true that once we live somewhere and get used to it, we tend not to see the beauty of it anymore. This is something I try to remind myself everyday. I’d always dreamt of moving to England, and now that I’ve been living here for two years, I’ve become “that” local who gets on with her life and forgets she’s living her dream. I used to live in Paris and I must admit the Eiffel Tower wasn’t something I cared about. Most Parisians don’t. I only used to go and see it when I had friends or family over. Now, when I see photos of it (and of Paris in general), I can’t help but think I took it all too much for granted.

    • You’re completely right; it’s so easy to take tomorrow for granted and assume something will always be there.

  • It’s true that you get that sense of complacency wherever you live because these amazing structures and sights become just the backdrop of your everyday life.

    I’ve found that now when I go home to Scotland I’m genuinely awed by the scenery and landscape, despite the fact I grew up surrounded by it for 23 years. Now, going back to it for a holiday, I see how special it really is.

    It’s nice to see something familiar with fresh eyes.

    • It’s strange isn’t it, how that can happen? Scotland is so ridiculously beautiful, if I could move there right now and live in a cabin on the edge of a loch, I’d do it.

  • Sarah Albertson

    What a beautiful experience to have! I really love the second photo with the birds in flight. I do love early mornings, when the sun first peeks over the horizon, and everything feels so peaceful. But it’s definitely way too easy to get caught up in the rush of things and forget to enjoy the small beautiful moments each day has.

    • I really like the birds too. It was nice to get to take it in feeling like I was alone in a normally packed place.

  • These are such lovely photos. The one with the snowy tree is my fave! Whenever I go into Cardiff city centre I try to appreciate the beauty of it, especially the castle, as it’s so unusual. I am not a morning person though so I rely on others’ photos of that early in the day!

    • I’m not a morning person either, despite my best efforts. I’ve always been a night owl, but I’m trying to change that.

  • I saw your photo on instagram and loved it! I am forced to say that I am a morning person… And liking it? After I started my new school I was stunned when I realized that I had gotten used to waking up early and actually looked forward to seeing the sun rise and all the wonderful colors that comes with it. Although, I have to admit, my view is never as beautiful as these photos! When I am taking pictures I try to tell myself to view everything as if I were a tourist. Sometimes these are my best photos!

    • I wish I was a morning person, even when I was at school I would get up at the very last minute. I’m up early this morning because I have an exam, and it feels good to be up early.
      I think that’s some great advice about viewing everything as if you were a tourist.

  • These photos are really beautiful! I absolutely love the sunrise. I see it every morning on my way to work and it always makes me happy. My body has always woken up pretty early all on it’s own. With an alarm I wake up at 5am, but without an alarm on the weekends I am awake at 8am. I’ve just always been a morning person, I love to start my day early and get as much done as I can!