A comptoir in the corner of a street near Les Invalides, with the Eiffel Tower in the background
As the days are gradually shortening now that fall is coming, it is getting easier to do some photography at night without having to come back home far too late. Therefore, yesterday night, I’ve taken advantage of my dining out with my dearest one near Porte Saint-Denis to go for a stroll along the streets of Paris and take some black and white pictures of Paris at night.
Even though I’ve enjoyed summer a lot, I must confess I had missed those long, cold and rainy nights. When around 10 p.m., people begin to come back to their houses, and all that remains are the empty streets, with the rain-covered asphalt of the roads reflecting the numerous colourful lights coming from the lampposts and the traffic lights, I feel Paris suddenly exhibits all of its magic.
One of my favourite places to wander at night in Paris is Montmartre. I’ve already written some articles about this legendary district of Paris, including one called Montmartre by night. Yet, another district of Paris which I think is worth a stroll at night is Invalides.
Located near Les Invalides, this district is one of the poshest arrondissements of Paris. It is also not far from the Eiffel Tower, Concorde, l’Assemblée Nationale, and, of course, the 5th Arrondissement of Paris. To make it short, you will never run out of monuments to see in this area of Paris.
At night, it is far from being the liveliest place in Paris, and those who call themselves night birds may prefer to go for a walk near Saint-Denis street, which I hope will be the main topic of one of my upcoming articles. However, I love how quiet the nights seem to be there, while it is still downtown Paris, and, furthermore, only 5 minutes away from the Eiffel Tower.
When you come from L’Assemblé Nationale, you can only be amazed by the view that’s lingering before your eyes at night : on the right, you can admire the Pont Alexandre III, which is one of the most beautiful and monumental bridges of Paris. On the left, you have Les Invalides, with its golden dome showing all its splendour in the darkness of the night. And then, right in front of you, in the background, you can spot the Eiffel Tower with its elegant light robe.
As Notre-Dame’s district is the romantic district of Paris, Montmartre the religious and popular one, Les Invalides certainly is the district of Paris that incarnates the elegance of the capital city of France at its best. A lovely walk at night, to be sure.
The Eiffel Tower at night