Satellite image of Paris, France

Image of the month, with Sentinel-2 source imagery

Ohlala, Paris!

We don’t want to look like Parisian snobs (especially as we’re pretty far away from Paris here at PlanetObserver) but there is no better image than one of Paris to celebrate the 14th of July.

For those who don’t know, and this certainly applies to many of you, the 14th of July is the French National Day. In English-speaking countries, Bastille Day is the common name given to this celebration.

Paris is the perfect incarnation of France for a number of reasons:

  • It has been the capital of France for many centuries. We can go as far back as King Clovis who made Paris the capital of the Frankish kingdom in 508.
  • It is the largest city of the country with a population of more than 2 million people. Population density is one the highest in Europe. Just ask the Parisians packed like sardines in the Metro or stuck in traffic…
  • Paris is THE must-see destination for all foreign tourists, the emblematic city that embodies romanticism, cultural heritage, luxury and fashion, the art of living and the French cuisine. I need to point out that this list is non-exhaustive and everyone can like or even love Paris for many other reasons. Anyway, for all those reasons and certainly plenty others, Paris is ranked world’s top tourist destination in 2018 according to Ipsos “Cities index” world survey and holds the top spot of highest-rated global city in 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. What a nice bunch of awards!

Bon 14 juillet!

If you’re Paris on the 14th of July, here is the ultimate must-see: the famous fireworks launched from the Eiffel Tower. And where is the Eiffel Tower? It’s easy. Just imagine that you’re cruising down the Seine River which means that you’re heading west. Now, follow the route on our satellite image. This journey will take you to the Ile Saint-Louis and Ile de La Cité with the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, next to the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden, the Grand Palais and finally to the Gardens of the Trocadero to your right and the Eiffel Tower to your left.

Another highlight of that day is the famous 14th of July military parade, also called Bastille Day military parade. The parade passes down the Champs-Élysées from l’Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde. Let’s take a look at our satellite image again. Now that you’ve reached the Eiffel Tower, you need to get off the boat and head north. You will reach the Place Charles de Gaulle which has the shape of a star (hence it was formerly called “Square of the Star”). If you cannot find a great spot to watch the parade, just look up to admire the French Air Force’s elite Patrouille de France that will fly a unique aerial demonstration.

And let’s all just enjoy the 14th of July in Paris or elsewhere…

For France National Day, 14 July.


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