One Of The Best Views In Paris

Corinna B's World Paris

I love seeing beautiful cities from up high. Paris is one of those cities that you need to learn by walking endlessly, but you also need to see it across the rooftops.

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Eiffel tower view

Normally I like to go to the rooftop cafe at Printemps and look out over Paris with a cafe au lait or a sancerre, depending on the time of day, but this time I got to Printemps and the roof cafe was closed. I think they told me it would be closed for 2 years, but my French sadly is not what it used to be, so who knows?

Anyway, I decided to take another elevated option, one I hadn’t done before, and go up to the top of the Pantheon.

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Truth be told I had never been to the Pantheon in Paris before. Even though I have been to Paris about a million times. The Pantheon is in my favorite part of town, the left bank.


Paris fruit shop

Paris Street

A gorgeous amble up Rue St Jacques or Rue des Carmes onto Rue Valette, past flower shops and coffee shops, beautiful Parisian streets that keep you dawdling forever, and you’re there. 

Pantheon Paris

The Pantheon is a neo classical building modeled on the Pantheon in Rome. It is well worth visiting in and of itself, but for an extra €12 you can climb 206 stairs to the roof and one of the most fabulous panoramic views of this endlessly gorgeous city.

Pantheon Paris

The view from the interior balcony of the Pantheon

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There are a couple of points to stop at along the way, so you don’t have to do it all in one go. 

Pantheon Paris

From up high

Then you get to the top and walk outside to a view that will take your breath away.

Paris pantheon

Eiffel Tower view

I don’t know if I lucked out with a low tourist day or if it’s just not a huge draw, but it was delightfully empty when I was there. No lines, no crowds, not even 50 people inside.


Next time you are in Paris, take the time to go to the Pantheon. You won’t be disappointed.

Air France

I flew Air France from Los Angeles to Paris. I used to fly them all the time, and I had forgotten what a wonderful airline they are! I was upgraded to Premium Economy and really had a tremendous experience. Air France doesn’t sponsor this blog and I paid for my flight – they didn’t give it to me.

The flight attendants looked so stunning and put together throughout the flight, the food was great, the plane was in good shape. I will fly them again for sure.

Shakespeare and Company ~ A Literary Must See In Paris

I love Paris.

I love Paris any time of year, but especially on a sunny late-spring day. This year my first Glam Italia Tour actually started in Paris. I had forgotten just how much I love this amazing city!

I flew Air France from Los Angeles, and as always was really impressed with the service. How do their flight attendants always look so glamorous??

Shakespeare and Company Paris

One of the first stops I always make in Paris is at Shakespeare and Company, one of the most unique and infamous bookstores in the world.

Shakespeare and Company Paris

Since 1951, Shakespeare and Company has inhabited some of the most prime real estate in all of Paris. It takes up a half block of the Latin Quarter on Rue de la Bucherie, across from the Seine, a stone’s throw from Notre Dame.

Shakespeare and Company Paris

The bookstore is legendary. Writers have gathered there since the beginning, and it has been described as the focal point of literary culture in bohemian Paris.

Shakespeare and Company Paris

Cots for aspiring writers, in among the books

Cots are secreted away between bookshelves and aspiring writers are invited to sleep for free in exchange for helping out around the store. They are supposed to read a book per day and leave a one page autobiography for the store’s archives.

Shakespeare and Company Paris

Cats wander around the store

Cats wander around at home with the books.

Shakespeare and Company Paris

What I have always loved about Shakespeare’s is that it invites you to take your time, wander around, pick up books and look through them.

Shakespeare and Company Paris

There is a piano upstairs, and if you’re lucky, a wonderful pianist tinkling the ivories while you shop

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Shakespeare and Company Paris

The view of Paris from the upstairs window

The shop is owned by a human, not a conglomerate, no marketing department has laid the experience out for you, it is as organic of a literary experience as you can get.

Shakespeare and Company Paris

There are both new and used books at Shakespeare’s, so everyone can get books.

Shakespeare and Company Paris

The books are in English, and I like to drop in at the beginning of my trip and stock up on my holiday reading.

Shakespeare and Company cafe Paris

I had time up my sleeve this time, so I bought some books and then wandered next door to the Shakespeare and Company cafe, and sat outside in the sunshine with a cafe au lait and my new Jonathan Kellerman.

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