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Around the Eiffel Tower

Making the Most of Your Time

This neighborhood is home to one of the world's great sites, the Eiffel Tower. Depending on the time of year, you can wait a long time to ascend the tower (lines are shorter at night), but even if you stay firmly on the ground, it's worth a trip to see this landmark up close. Afterward, explore Rue St-Dominique's shops, bakeries, and restaurants.

If you're up for a picnic, grab fixings on Rue Cler (between Rue de Grenelle and Avenue de La Motte Piquet), a pedestrian-only market street, and double back to the Champ de Mars, the grassy park at the foot of the tower.

If you have a day to spare, visit the Musée Rodin. If you're pressed for time, do a quick tour of the garden (€1 entry), where many of the best-known sculptures can be seen. From here it's a short walk to Napoléon's over-the-top tomb at the Hôtel des Invalides, which also houses the Musée de l'Armée, devoted to military history. Alternatively, if you're keen on art from Asia, Africa, or the Americas, devote an hour to the Musée du Quai Branly.

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