Secret views of Paris

Paris, city of lights and romance, art and culture, is home to a number of world famous landmarks including the Mona Lisa’s residence – the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and of course, standing proudly in the Parisian skyline, The Eiffel Tower.  But before you scramble up its 324m to feverishly snap the panoramic view, consider this: if you are on the Eiffel Tower, you cannot see it and what is a picture postcard photograph of Gay Paris without La Tour Eiffel?  You can enjoy different vistas of the city from these alternative points of view.

Sacré-Cœur Basilica
It pays to explore the arty neighbourhood of Montmartre whose higgledy piggledy streets climb steeply up the ‘butte’ to its crowning glory, and the highest point of the city, the catholic Sacré-Cœur Basilica. From the viewing platform with the edifice at your back, the city is spread out below you.

Montparnasse Tower
One of Paris’s only skyscrapers, standing at an impressive 210m, the Montparnasse Tower is the second tallest building in France.  Predominantly used for office space, Floor 59 at the very top offers a viewing terrace for the general public to enjoy 360 degree views of Paris – without the Tower itself which provides little aesthetic pleasure.

Centre Georges Pompidou

A ticket to the National Museum of Modern Art, located in the Pompidou Centre, will allow you into the lift that sweeps you up to the rooftop for views of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and Notre Dame Cathedral.  Alternatively, you can opt for dinner in Georges Restaurant on the top floor for a panoramic dining experience.

Parc de Belleville

To the north east of the city, in a hilly suburb, lies the Parc de Belleville.  Directly translated, this means ‘beautiful town’ and proves aptly named as a romantic stroll to the top is rewarded with superb views of Paris in all its glory.

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