Everyone wants to go up the Eiffel tower to see Paris. They should; however, every time I return to Paris I look for new areas and ways to see the city.
Yesterday I did the “Paris Walking Tour–The French Revolution”, booked through Viator and run by Classic Walks (owned by Fat Tire Tours). Bravo to Gil, our tour guide who gave great insight into the history of France as we passed by key monuments. It was nice having only 6 in our group and Gil was very attentive to our questions and interests. It was a new way to see Paris and understand French culture ( and the right to protest!). Next time you are in Tuilleries gardens, look for the reminder of the guillotine. Never knew it was there!
Monuments With Views
So there’s the “ground view” and the “ariel view” of Paris. You can get great views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower. Best to order your tickets online so you can avoid the lines. Today wasn’t bad…granted it was 4:30 pm. You can get great veiws of Paris not only from the Eiffel Tower, but also from the Arc de Triomphe and Tour Montparnasse; however, this week I revisited Notre Dame (387 steps to climb to the top–my exercise for today) and the Arabe Institute. The views are wonderful. Hints:
Go in the morning so the sun is behind you. You line up at the side of the church and it opens at 10:00. I got there at 9:45 and had to wait about 45 minutes.
Go to the terrace for the best views. It is free and not crowded.
While many will ask, “What more is there to see after 24X to France?”
I say: “I keep discovering new places, streets, stores, etc. Paris is big. Paris is full of interesting sites and just sitting at a cafe is a wonderful thing.”