Enchanting France During The Blue Hour

Chateau Versailles Paris

The time right after the sun goes below the horizon and the sky painted in glowing deep blue is the perfect moment to see the landscapes and glittering lights in France in their most enchanting form.

This is the blue hour, or ‘le heure bleue’ as the French called it.

Visiting France in winter months means the hours of daylight gets extremely short, and as I’m not an early bird, by the time I arrived at the second or third destinations on my itinerary for the day it was already in the blue hour. Which, also meant I was lucky enough to capture some amazing blue that put a magical touch of Instagram-like effect to every shot I made.

Warning: These blue images from  my travel in France might provoke feelings of post-vacation blue, if you happen to be just like me, found yourself longing to return to the land of macaroons after a recent visit

Le Seine Paris during blue hour

Le Seine Paris during the blue hour

Le Seine Paris blue hour

Just a happy coincidence that I was strolling by the Seine with my electric blue Tony Bourch pouch & my royal blue down feather jacket in the blue hour!

Musee d'Orsay in the blue hour

The illuminated Musee d’Orsay on the left bank of Le Seine glows like a gem!

Christmas illuminations in Paris by Le Seine

Twinkling Christmas lights in city of Paris served as the perfect backdrop

Le Tour Eiffel Paris by night

Le Tour Eiffel shines and sparkles like a diamond with the deep blue curtain in the background, nothing’s more oh-so-paris than this!

Place de la concorde Paris

Place De La Concorde Paris

Palace of Versailles Paris by night blue hour

As the grand lady Palace of Versailles lights up…

Palace of Versailles blue hour

At the front gate of Palace of Versailles bidding farewell till my next visit

Monte Carlo winter carnival Christmas

The million dollar view of the skyline of Monte Carlo at the happenings of Winter Carnival

French Alps in the distance on the way to Cote d'Azur

French Alps in the distance as seen on our way to Cote d’Azur

The Promenade des Anglais Nice at Christmas

Oh Merry Christmas big fella! Mr Snowman spreading the festive cheers as we drove on to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, Cote d’Azur

The Promenade des Anglais Nice blue hour

The most precious souvenir to take home from Nice! Woke up at 5:30am for our London-bound flight from Nice, walked out to the balcony in my room at Hotel Suisse and this was how Nice took my breath away…

See the amazing fairytale-like transformation of colours in the skyline during sunset in Paris in motion! You’ll be so in love with this city of light…

Grand Marnier “Sunset Hour” from Justin Stokes on Vimeo.

Feeling inspired to create some beautiful blue hour images during your next journey? First of all you’ll need a blue hour calculator to find out the exact time to capture your favourite city through the lens in glowing blue, for this I recommend BlueHourSite.

One other little known fact is that the blue hour is a travel photographer’s most faithful friend – regardless of the weather condition, whether it’s rainy, foggy or snowy, you can always be assured that the sky will capture blue in the camera during the blue hour!

Got a few of your precious blue hour photos from your journey? Welcome to share them by tagging your photos using #lacenruffles on Instagram, or tweet your pics to me @Lacenruffles and I’ll merrily do a shout out as beautiful travel photos make me happy 🙂

Happy snapping x



  1. thank you for dropping by and liking my post! your post looks great!

    1. Thanks for stopping by my way too! You blog is delicious – reading about your wine & dine in S’pore is definitely very enjoyable 🙂

  2. Thanks for the like, and beautiful pictures of this city!:) You look beautiful, too:) greetings from Paris, Andrea

    1. Bonjour Andrea! Thanks for being so sweet 🙂 I have to say I’m envious of your life in Paris, and your artistic interpretation of this beautiful city. Looks like spring is about to blossom in Paris, enjoy this beautiful time of the year x Juliet

  3. Very enchanting! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Thank YOU for stopping by Marisa! I like what you blog about, beauty shows from within and no doubt a healthy mind & beauty go hand in hand. Stay well x

  4. DebbZie · · Reply

    Paris looks good in blue hour! I visited Paris more than 10 years ago. I can’t really remember now :p

  5. Thanks for the comment on my blog! 🙂 Really appreciate it!

    Love your photos in this post! The city looks great! xx

  6. Beautiful pictures! Glad to see you are having fun!

    1. Amazing time indeed! So glad to see you stop by again Sunish, & thanks for being the most loyal reader of my blog 🙂

  7. Wow, your photos of Paris are beautiful. I need to go back to this magical city right away- x

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  9. Exquisite. Now I have wanderlust. BTW-Thanks for the like. I am looking forward to checking in on your doings and ramblings.

    1. My pleasure to have you stopping by my blog 🙂 Look forward to sharing lots of inspirations on travel bucket list and wanderlust! Those are simply the essentials in life! x

  10. The only thing nicer than your photos and the scenery is your true love and appreciation for “life.” I love that. Thank you for stopping by my photo blog – can’t wait to see more of the world through your eyes. ~LJ

    1. Aww thank you!! Beautiful words like yours are what keep me motivated on blogging. I’m feeling very flattered indeed to be able to connect to passionate writers like yourself. x Juliet

  11. Wonderful post! and your warning was right – these beautiful images make me want to get back to France ASAP! 🙂

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