What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "Paris"? Most probably your answer is the Eiffel Tower. The iconic landmark is easily the go-to spot whenever you set foot in the City of Love, making it the most visited paid monument in the world. Highly sought after and located in the world's most popular cities, it goes without saying that the place is almost always packed with tourists and locals. This might pose some challenges when you're planning to do a photo session with the monument as a backdrop. But worry not! Our photographer in Paris, Tim Moore, is here to offer us an insight on the 7 spots in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower where you can get a good view of the tower while avoiding the crowd. Check them out!
As the most elegant, grandiose, and sumptuous bridge Paris, the bridge offers a spectacular view of not only the Eiffel Tower but also Seine River. It's definitely more than just a river crossing!
Although there might be a bit of people passing by during lunch time, this bridge is a vantage point to see the Eiffel Tower and the Seine River and perfect to evoke that dreamy feel in your photos. It's also guaranteed that the sun is almost always not in the way!
You might recognise this one if you happen to be a fan of films such as The Devil Wears Prada. Not only can you get a good view of the Eiffel Tower from this angle, but the famous Champs-Élysées is also only steps away!
Generally sparse, Passarelle Debilly is another option for those of you desiring a good view of both the Eiffel Tower and the Seine River. This footbridge also connects to other impressive tourist attractions in Paris, such as Quai Branly, where you will find the Musée du Quai Branly.
Located further away from the Eiffel Tower, you can get a less close-up look of the tower, but no less dreamy and majestic. In this location, you can also find the monument of Emile Fayolle, Marshal of France during the Second World War.
Another less crowded spot to capture a good view of Eiffel Tower, Seine River Docks also provides a unique backdrop of the Seine River in all its tranquil beauty.
You can't recommend a good spot to get a good view of the Eiffel Tower without mentioning Trocadero Gardens, another famous and iconic place in Paris. It gets crowded very fast, so if you want to take photos there, best to do it early in the morning.
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If you live in Hong Kong, you might have heard of Cara G. McIlroy. For this edition of SweetEscape's Travel Diary, we had a chat with this Hong Kong-based Australian supermodel, TV presenter, Asia's Next Top Model celebrity judge, and–most importantly–mother of two (and soon-to-be three!), about her latest family trip to Koh Samui, Thailand.
Our stay in Koh Samui was lovely! The hotel was especially amazing, the kids love the pool area, and it was so great because the pool was situated in the middle of the rooms so the kids can just spent the whole day enjoying the pool. The food was wonderful too! They had a good choice between Thai food and Western food, and their service was totally amazing.
We love to swim by the beautiful beaches or at the pool in the resort. That's basically all that we did when we were there: Wake up-Eat-Swim-Repeat, except for the one day that we went to Koh Samui's Elephant Sanctuary, which is a new, cruelty-free elephant sanctuary where you can see the elephants just being--well--elephants! You don't see any saddles on them or the elephants being pulled or pushed around. This is something very important we want to show to our children.
It's always kind of challenging to travel with kids. I always make sure to bring them a lot of healthy snacks because their eating habits can get a bit chaotic when we go overseas. Of course my husband and I love Thai food and to try new stuffs, and we always encourage our kids to try the food first, but they might not always like it, so we always have a backup plan with our healthy snacks to make sure that they still eat healthily.
As for toys, now that our kids have grown a little bit older we don't bring too much, just a few night-time toys and books to read at bedtime. We also bring some colouring books and colouring pencils for them to play around with during the flight. We don't want them to use tablets too much as we encourage them to be more creative and active.
Stroller is always a good idea, especially if you're travelling with really young children between 0-2 years old, so that you can just put the baby there to sleep while you relax. Bring a lightweight one that you can quickly turn into a carrier when it's impossible to push the stroller.
Most importantly, don't forget to bring bug spray when you go to tropical locations! The last thing you wan't is your kids complaining that they fell itchy or they have rashes. Sun screen is also important when you go to sunny destinations.
I think 5 days is a great time to really unwind and relax. Of course with places as beautiful as Koh Samui you'd want to spend a couple weeks, but I think 5 days is just nice for you to settle down and to really enjoy the destination. If you don't have kids, you can stay longer and try the more adventurous activities such as motorbike riding, yoga classes, etc.
I think my biggest concern would be jetlag, especially when you travel to places with such a big time difference from home. Kids can get really cranky when their sleep cycle is messed up. Also, having them eat enough and be settled. Travelling could mean losing your children's eat and sleep routine, but sometimes that's just something you have to sacrifice to create beautiful memories with your children.
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