Paris : Tour Montparnasse et la Tour Eiffel

Or, if you like a bit of JRR Tolkien, The Two Towers.  And the Tour Montparnasse is a bit dark, now I come to think about it…

Anyway, we arrived in Paris at the Gare du Nord from the Eurostar on the Saturday morning, and took the Metro to Montparnasse as we would be travelling from there down to Le Croisic by train later in the afternoon.  We left our luggage in the lockers and headed off to get some breakfast at Le Paris Montparnasse, which appeared very art deco and served simple, delicious food.  Properly refreshed, we went for a little wander down Avenue du Maine, then Rue Chateau, across Place de Catalogne, and on to Boulevard Pasteur, where we caught sight of la Tour Eiffel.  That would come later, though, because we had to take a right on to Boulevard de Vaugirard to get to Galeries Lafayette to buy some shoes for Debbie.  And then it was up to the top of the Tour Montparnasse, first of all by elevator to the 56th floor,

We did not get the cool shades for our trip in the elevator

We did not get the cool shades for our trip in the elevator

where we could take in a view of all of Paris through the windows,

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and then a short walk up to the 59th floor to take us from 207 metres to 210 metres and a 360 degree terrace, with gaps in the safety surrounds so that photographs could be taken without anything in the way.

Palais du Luxembourg

Palais du Luxembourg

The views from both levels were stunning

La Tour Eiffel et Les Invalides

La Tour Eiffel et Les Invalides

and as it was a lovely sunny day we could literally see for miles – they suggest it is up to 40 kilometres visibility and I would suggest we could see all that on this day.

Le Louvre at Sacre Coeur

Le Louvre at Sacre Coeur

We could certainly see all the famous sites, Notre Dame, Le Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Les Invalides and the Tour Eiffel, and they all looked so tiny from up here while still dominating their own landscapes.

La Tour Eiffel, looking as though it is part of a model village

La Tour Eiffel, looking as though it is part of a model village

The way down was again by elevator, the fastest in Europe, covering the 56 floors in 38 seconds, and we emerged into the sunshine determined to visit the second Tour.

You can see more of my photos from the Tour Montparnasse here.

We took a very quick lunch at Gare Montparnasse and then took the Metro to Bir-Hakeim, renamed in 1949 to commemorate the battle of the same name from 1942, turning right out of there and following Quai Branly to the side of the Tour Eiffel facing the Seine.

Too stunning for words

Too stunning for words

Debbie took a rest in the shade as I conducted a full tour around the base of La Tour,

Gustave

Gustave

taking a walk out across the Champ de Mars to get a better look at the Ecole Militaire, then coming back to cross the Seine by the Pont d’Iena, where they had some mobile salespoints for Le Tour de France in its 100th edition,

Le Tour at la Tour

Le Tour at la Tour

to take a photo of the Palais de Chaillot, before returning to Debbie.  By crossing the Seine I had now been in the 7th, 10th, 14th, 15th and 16th arrondissements today – one more than on Wednesday, which you can read about here.  We bought ice creams and walked back to the station along the Seine, then returned to Gare Montparnasse, ready to take our evening train to Le Croisic and another adventure.

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You can see more of my photos from the Tour Eiffel here.

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