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Pleasant Perches from which to Ponder Paris?

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In my travels to cities I know really well I have come up with some favorite perches - often park benches - from which to ponder the Parisian scene - this often involves a picnic with a view or it may just be a nice place to sit as a respite from the rigors of sightseeing.

Do you have any favorite personal Parisian pondering perches?

Here's My Favroites:

PLACE DE LA CONCORDE - at the end of the Tuileries garden where they from up high overlook the always busy hectic Place de la Concorde. I love th see Parisian drivers noisily navigate the maze of traffic constantly flowing thru this - my imagination sees the guillotine in places here now marked by large statues. And the views up toward the Champs-Elysees are appetizing as well.

THE TUILERIES GARDENS PROPER - I love to sit in one of those arm chairs (which at one time you had to pay to sit in but now seems free) overlooking the fountain where kids have fun renting and operating small wooden sail boats - so quintessentially Parisian!

LUXEMBOURG GARDENS - Ah at noon - the long Parisian noon hour where locals flock here to picnique - a favorite French activity on a nice day - I love to see the incessant joggers circling this lovely park.

THE BANKS OF THE SEINE - Near Notre-Dame Cathedral - plop down on the old quays and watch the boats, both tourist and commercial barges, ply the river - if you go to the outdoor statue park on the Left Bank just upstream from Notre-Dame you can see the river traffic and the rear of Notre-Dame with all its flying buttresses.

MONMARTRE - In front of the Sacre Couer on the steps that overlook much of Paris spread out far below - though this area can get a little too crowded at times.

TROCADERO - The wonderful fountains and terrraces smack opposite the Eiffel Tower - plop down in one of the iron arm chairs and gaze at the Eiffel Tower as well as catching the river traffic. I enjoy the many local skateboarders and skaters or break dancers that often congregate here.

WELL THOSE ARE SOME OF MY PARISIAN POWER PONDERING POINTS - DO YOU HAVE ANY?

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