** Three viewpoints of the Paris cityscape **
The houses in Paris are covered with matching blue color rooftops that are so recognizable to the world. Strolling in the city alleys and streets, I always admire the buildings and wondering how they are so ‘unusually’ coherent. I looked it up on-line and then I found out this architectural style was invented by a French architect in the 17th century and became popular during that period.
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* The Eiffel Tower *
I think the Eiffel Tower doesn’t require any introduction. It is crowded, it has a long queue, we fight and we line up to go up … and yet it is still a tourist’s ultimate goal to go up the tower for all the sentimental reasons. For a place like this, you’d better be prepared because you won’t know what may happen to you if you simply make a decision to go there in the morning. Looking into the forum, someone showed off that they were ‘lucky’, someone complained the queue was 4 hours… The truth is, things are different every day, and it is a gamble whether or not you could go up to the tower with ease (if, again, you are free spirited and you are not prepared). We kind of skipped the line (there was a line for the securities) for the elevator to the first and second floor, while when we reached the second floor, there is immediately another line for the elevators to the summit! The Eiffel tower basically has three levels - The first floor of the Eiffel tower is spacious. it has a café, restaurants, washrooms and souvenir stores. Some might even walk the stair to go up the first floor, not that hard and it’s good exercise – even if anyone chooses to go up the first floor with elevator, I would recommend going back down with stairs because there are some exhibit along the wall of the stairs, and the view through the lace-like iron fences is very nice.
* Montmartre *
The giant Basilica du Sacré-Coeur is standing right in the top of the hill and the silhouette of the basilica could be seen everywhere in Paris. Since the hill is only 130 meters in height, it is easily accessible for tourists to reach the open space in front of the Basilica and overlook the city. Plus, the Basilica is reachable by foot, by vehicles, or by a short ride in funicular. Due to the direction of where the church is facing, we didn’t see the Eiffel tower at the parvis du Sacré-Coeur. The good thing about Montmartre is that it is a historic, romantic, and artistic district in town while we wandered around and enjoyed the view for FREE. However, the district is filled with tourists, as well as questionable con-artists and pickpockets that we could fill we were surrounded by them. It was a bit annoying.
Lastly, we went to the Tour Montparnasse. It’s not on a hill but Tour Montparnasse is one of the very rare (if not only) skyscrapers in the city center of Paris. Plus, the building is actually facing the Eiffel tower which gives visitors a perfect view of the modern architectural wonder, as well as a panoramic experience of the entire Paris from 200 meters above. What amazed me is that for such an exclusive location the tower was not crowded (nor expensive) at all. Luckily the weather was fine during the summer day, the view was clear without violent sunlight hitting our face, just grabbed coffee @ the café of the open-air roof-top. I totally recommend this place for visitors if the enjoy viewing the cityscape like me. Outside the building, we explored the Montparnasse district area. The area was actually quite vibrant with lots of exotic restaurants – Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese… and entertainment facilities.
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** Three viewpoints of the Paris cityscape **