Views from the Eiffel Tower

I love to look down on cities.

It’s not that I am a condescending type.  No, not at all – I just have an appreciation of layout and maps and the smug satisfaction of orienting myself in unknown terrain.

As much as I love bird-watching and animal-spotting in nature – I do enjoy a good landmark-spotting, too.

What can you see?

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39 thoughts on “Views from the Eiffel Tower

    1. Hope you do too – are you going there soon? We were lucky to have a lovely clear day.
      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment 🙂

  1. Love the post and photos! Its really spectacular! I love Paris, its my favourite city I have ever been too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. I think we were really lucky with the weather – and the queues! Had the queue been any longer it would have been too late to go up, and we had precious little time for queues 😉

    1. Thanks Meanderer – It is a fantastic city to view from up high. I could look at it for hours and hours and not get bored for one second 🙂

    1. Thank you adinparadise – It is amazing how easy it is to pick out of all the other street patterns and buildings. Truly an inspirational monument & landmark!
      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

  2. Eu também tenho o costume de querer ver de cima, toda cidade que visito.
    E Paris tem uma das vistas mais bonitas do mundo.

    ” I also have the habit of wanting to see from above, every city I visit.
    And Paris has one of the most beautiful views of the world. “

  3. I know what you mean about the view from above providing the insiders guide to the geography of a city – and what better place than Paris, with Haussman’s bold geometric shapes and grand vistas!

    1. I love Haussman’s architecture. All those beautiful balconies. How lucky Paris was to have had his influence for such a great proportion of the city centre 🙂

      1. Probably not quite so lucky for those whose homes were torn down to make way for the Grand Plan, Lu, but for those who moved into the new schemes, it must have been miraculous – light, bright, well ventilated, sewered and drained – a marvel really:)

      2. I’m afraid my knowledge of what went on for the Grand Plan to take place is incredibly limited (as in, nothing at all), but yes – I can only imagine that being a terrible thing to endure for those who lost their homes.
        That being said, I really loved the Art Deco panelling that has been rescued from these Haussman apartments (I think??) that were on display in the Musée d’Orsay. Glorious stuff.

      3. I don’t remember seeing Art Deco panelling in the Musee d’Orsay. If it’s Art Deco, it can’t be from the original Haussman apartments – maybe there was another building boom in the 1920s – or a flurry of renovations? – coinciding with the building of the Metro? I should know this – I’d better look it up!

      4. I could, of course, be horribly wrong in my assertions. I’ll bow to your superior knowledge, and be glad of learning something new of Haussman & Art Deco, both of which I admire greatly 🙂

      5. I have no superior knowledge, Lu, believe me! I’m just going on dates, because I can’t find my Museum booklet (perhaps it never made it here to Sri Lanka). From memory the museum is the national house for the decorative arts of the second half of the 19th century – which certainly covers the Hausmann years. Works of artists and craftsmen of the Art Nuveau schools will be included here, as they straddle the end of the 19th century – the Metro iron work, for instance. But Art Deco? I don’t have any recollection of seeing any panelling from the 1920s-30s but I am notoriously blind to many things and they could well have been right in front of my nose if I was distracted by something else!

      6. Ah. This may be the crux of my ignorance. I don’t think I realised that there was a difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco. How shameless am I? 😉

      7. Shameless? Na! Maybe a tad forgetful? I wish I knew about the panels though – one day the pieces will pop into place or maybe one us us will be there, standing in front of them and can give the other a full report;)

      8. Nope – not forgetful. One can’t forget what one does not know in the first place!
        I look forward to the day when the puzzle is resolved, one way or the other 🙂

      9. Trouble is, I don’t think we were allowed to take photos inside Musée d’Orsay – otherwise you could be sure I’d be posting about them already!

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