Le Quai des Orfèvres in the early morning
When I first arrived in Paris about a year ago, one of my favourite places to take pictures was the bridge between Châtelet and L’Île de la Cité. There, I could admire the massive and yet magnificient towers of Le Palais de la Cité reflecting in the Seine river. This place, along with Le Marais district, is a legacy from the medieval times in Paris : it gives you glance at what Paris used to be before Napoléon III asked Haussmann to rebuild most of the districts of Paris in order to make the capital city of France one of the first modern cities of Europe, able to compete with London, the eternal rival of Paris.
However, these days, when I go to L’Île de la Cité in order to take some pictures, most of the time, I will go to the opposite banks of the island, the famous Quai des Orfèvres, which host the Préfecture de Police of Paris. I first didn’t like these banks that much, mainly because the tower of La Préfecture de Police was under restoration, which prevented me from taking pictures of this otherwise beautiful place.
I’ve found that in the early morning, the Seine river is rather calm there, and when the sky is cloudy, the pink shades the rising sun creates in the clouds perfectly reflect in the still waters of the river, along with the medieval buildings and the bridges crossing the Seine river. Maybe the most romantic place in Paris, provided your loved one doesn’t mind waking up around 6 a.m to come with you and take a walk on the banks of the Seine river.
The tower in the pink clouds
A minute before sunrise