Paris from the sky: a photographer captures extraordinary aerial shots of the French capital

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Paris is one of the most recognizable places on the planet. From appearances in movies, TV series, and countless holiday Instagram posts, it’s hard to imagine there could be an angle we haven’t all seen before.

The historic French city is home to so many iconic places associated with history and romance, that it is difficult to represent Paris without falling into the clichés.

However, a new book titled “ Paris from the Air ” by award-winning photographer, architect and pilot Jeffrey Milstein manages just that by showing the city of love from an “ unimaginable ” new angle.

Capturing the quintessential Parisian landmarks and views from above, Milstein intends to show the home of Coco Chanel and Marie Antoinette to readers in a completely new and breathtaking light.

Based on the “ extraordinary ” quality of his work, Milstein was given rare permission to photograph the city from above to create his collection of unique and stylized bird’s-eye images.

Milstein, who has been featured in The New York Times, Paris Match, and Vanity Fair, flew in a doorless helicopter to capture some of Paris’ most iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, La Défense and the gardens of Versailles. His photos bring together modern and ancient Paris, in scenes of day and night.

The editors say the book will be an “endlessly fascinating” way for lovers of Paris to study the city.

Although currently less due to COVID-19, Paris typically has 30 million visitors each year who go on family vacations, city breaks or honeymoons.

Most tourists to Paris are European, but France saw a 7.4% increase Asian tourists in 2019.

The tourism industry in France is huge and the country hopes to target 100 million tourists in the future, Paris has 40 million vacationers in 2018.

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