Thursday, 24 October 2013

{Montparnasse}

When visiting Paris, you may read/hear that the best view in town is from the top of the Eiffel Tower. So, you'll queue for hours in the cold with all the other tourists, only to finally make it to the top and look out at the beautiful view... which is seriously lacking in the most incredible piece of architecture in Paris (the tower itself). 


Or you'll head to the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre. You'll brave your way through the sea of street-hawkers who try to force extortionately priced bracelets on you. You'll climb the never-ending stairs and stand panting at the top, trying to admire the view/not to pass out. 


Ignore the guidebooks and avoid this assault course. I'll let you in on a secret instead - the BEST views in Paris are from the Montparnasse Tower (see above). It's even cheaper than the Eiffel Tower, and you get to see it in all its glory - plus the Montparnasse Tower itself is super ugly so it's a blessing not to see it itself. Check out this bird's eye view of the Jardin du Luxembourg... 


And the Montparnasse cemetery (cemeteries in Paris can be quite beautiful - see my post on Père-Lachaise here)..


Below are the sprawling buildings of Les Invalides in all its golden speldor (more on that here)...


And of course, our favourite - the Eiffel Tower. If you only have a day or two to spare in Paris, the Montparnasse Tower is the perfect way to tick off all the sights in one go! 


Top tip: Make sure you head right to the top (58th floor), don't linger on the 56th with the rest of the world.

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