Today I would like to talk about those things that seem to bee in first place when you think about Paris. And those are the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, the most visited sightseeings of the city. And I must say that those were the monuments we have liked and enjoyed the most. There is just something really truly romantic about being next to the feet of the Eiffel Tower, maybe its all about the hype, but we have found it very satisfying to visit.
One thing is that we really thought that it would be few times larger and when we got there we were surprised to see how tiny it actually was. That did not exclude any charm out of it, but you know, when you go to Paris, you expect to see the top of the Tower out of every corner of the city, but in reality you barely see its top even when you are in the streets of the surrounding area.
The best view of the Eiffel Tower you would get from Trocadéro, where you find a military themed fountain created in honour of a battle of the same name. But be aware of the thimbleriggers, they have invaded the park, the square and every corner of Trocadéro. That is what I have never ever seen in any of the cities I visited before, but as much as it feels slightly unsafe it reminded me of middle age times somehow. Some things never change about certain places and I am sure there were such people in the same spot like 400-500 years ago as well.
We haven't gone up to the Tower because there is not much point in doing that in my opinion as we came to see the monument itself, not climb it. And there is also another place in the city where you can actually get a great view of the city which would include the tower in it. And that is the Tour Montparnasse, 210 metre high structure which is located in an area, where most buildings don’t rise above 30 metres. That one building does really stand out from the Parisian landscape and only two years after it was complete a new law came of that banned constructions of any skyscrapers within the city. But well, at least you get a decent panoramic view there!
Speaking about the Triumphal Arch, that is in my opinion, the most beautiful monument made out of stone that I have ever seen. I am really not sure what I am comparing to right now, but it left such a deep impression on me due to its majesty and scale which truly represents the great victory of a greatest rulers of al times.
It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. This place is always crowded and in demand as it is one of the most famous shopping areas of Paris. There on Champs-Élysées you will find all the major brands with their huge and glamorous boutiques stanging next to each other. The glorious Louis Vuitton store, the magical Guerlain boutique, the amazing Disney palace and many many more.
So if you feel like you are "not the one of those tourists" who rushes to see the most visited attractions of all times, think it twice. You can always dive into the streets of the city any time and explore all the hidden corners later on, but if you have time, I really advice you to actually visit those monuments as they are located quite near to each other, so you can definitely do it in one day. And you will have a really set impression of your visit, I guarantee this. This is just a must and it truly does not disappoint in any matter!