"Trocadero/Eiffel Tower" France Things to Do Tip by Alis
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Most tourists in Paris will see the Eiffel Tower however, they usually view it from beneath the Tower itself. It is immense, to be sure, and seeing it from beneath is a good start! On a clear day, it's lovely to have lunch in one of the restaurants within the Eiffel Tower. The one in the 1ere etage (that's the second level to Americans) is 'Altitude 95' and it's reasonably enough priced to be do-able. The restaurant on the higher level, 'Jules Verne' is the sort that you might consider taking out a mortgage on your house before making reservations...and reservations should be made a several months ahead of time to ensure seating in 'Jules Verne' while only a few months for 'Altitude 95'. Don't even HOPE to be seated without reservations at either one. A bonus to eating in one of these restaurants is the view of Paris. If your budget is smaller, plan to have a picnic lunch near the base of the Eiffel Tower at Champ de Mars which is in the picture. As nice as this is, one must ALSO see the Tower at night. The far better way to get perspective on the sheer size of the Eiffel Tower is to take the Metro to the Trocadero station. The Eiffel Tower is on the other side of the Trocadero as you exit the metro and there is a large 'balcony' with a splendid view of the Tower and seating along the walls. Plan to arrive at Trocadero just at sunset and sit and admire the view...it's a real photo op so make sure you have plenty of film in your camera. Once the sun has set, then walk across the Seine River to the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero and allow yourself to be overtaken by the romance of Paris at night. At night, the Eiffel Tower is beautifully lit and appears to be made of a million golden toothpicks. Trust me...I say go for the view...but stay for the romance!
Directions: Trocadero is in the 16th arrondissement. The Eiffel Tower is in the 7th arrondissement directly across the Seine River from Trocadero. Trocadero metro station is on the 6 line. See metro map at: http:
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