Parc du Champ
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This large rectangular park stretches east from the Eiffel Tower on the pathway to the Invalides.
The Parc, which is centered on the Place Jacques Rueff, is a good location for viewing the Eiffel Tower.
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1887-1889 by Gustav Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is a world landmark known for its graceful structure
and wonderful views. Access to the viewing floors is possible by elevators, for
a fee that escalates as you aspire to see Paris from greater heights (a second
elevator will take you to the top viewing floor).
A look at
the Eiffel Tower from the Jardins du Trocadero (below the Palais de Chaillot) is
a delight for the first-timer. The Eiffel tower is even more impressive at night
when it is illuminated. Just looking at it resplendent in the night sky is an
uplifting experience and assures you that you are not in Kansas (or Las Vegas) anymore.
The official website for the Eiffel Tower can be accessed
- The Eiffel Tower has two restaurants. On the first floor
is the more casual 58 Tour Eiffel that converts to a brasserie in
the evening from a family and group restaurant during the day. The
famous Le Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor has earned a Michelin
Star (Chef Alain Ducasse) and has the prices to prove it. The Jules Verne is accessible
by its private elevator. Reservations are required for the Jules
Verne and suggested for 58 Tour Eiffel. Information on contact
numbers for reservations can be found
- A recent survey of travelers in Britain ranked a visit to the
Eiffel Tower as one of the most disappointing tourist traps ever.
Our advice is to disregard the report as sour grapes. We can't
imagine visiting Paris for the first time and missing the incredible
journey to the top viewing platform of the Eiffel Tower. Paris
surrounds you and the views of the city are spectacular. The
elevator ride is a thrill and, at least for us, ascending the Eiffel
Tower is a signal that you have finally arrived in Paris.
- The Eiffel Tower is a popular attraction. On an average day,
slightly over 18,000 visitors are admitted. Individual tickets
cannot be reserved, but large groups must reserve their tickets in
advance. Guided tours are available from several local
Palais de Chaillot
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Located on the top of the Trocadero hill facing
the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, the Palais offers great views. Constructed in
the 1930s for the World Exhibition, it is also known for its excellent Musée de l'Homme,
as well as the Musée de la Marine, and the new and impressive Cité de
l'Architecture et du Patrimone, which is focused on the art and
architecture of Paris.
- The website of the Cité can be found
Regardless of its impressive museums (there are
several others in addition to those described above), the Palais De Chaillot
is not on the list of major attractions in Paris because of its museums, but for
its view of the Eiffel Tower. The gardens and fountains of the Jardins du Trocadero,
below the Palais, provide a wonderful background for a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower.
The museums are closed on Tuesdays.
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Marmottan is a small museum located in another of the upscale neighborhoods of
Paris, near the La Muette Metro station. The Museum possesses the world's
largest collection of works by Claude Monet but, arguably, only a small portion
of his best works (it does include his keynote painting “Sunrise”). The Marmottan has arranged Monet’s works in stages
that follow the development of his techniques. The Marmottan is a must see if
you are a fan of Monet. Visit the museum's
web site for details on visiting.
The Museé Marmottan Monet is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
and tuesday evenings until 9 p.m.
Musée du quai Branly
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Opened to the public on June 23rd, 2006, the Musée du quai Branly,
near the Eiffel Tower, celebrates the tribal-indigenous cultures of
Africa, Oceania, Asia and America. The museum's architecture is splashy
but symbolic. The museum's collections are extremely interesting
and worth a short visit.
For more information on this new museum, visit the