La Défense / by Damien Looney

Visiting Paris in September 2017 (to see the incredible Irving Penn Exhibition at the Grand Palais), I took some time to visit the ‘La Défense’ region, located on the western side of the city.

The region is the largest purpose built business area in Europe (building began in the 1950’s, with the more modern looking skyscrapers appearing from the late 1970’s onwards) and is worth exploring on foot.

If you are going to visit, do so on the weekend. As with any business district, anywhere in the world, it is packed full of people during the working week. On the weekend though it’s a ghost town, and this will allow you walk and explore at your own pace.