Saturday, 30 January 2021

Eiffel Tower to La Defense

This is about as classic a view of Paris as there is to be had. It was taken in September 2002 from the Eiffel Tower, looking north-west across the Seine and directly down the Trocadero Gardens. Beyond them are the monumental curved buildings that house, on the right, the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (the architecture and heritage museum, which I highly recommend as a visit) and on the left, the Museum de l'Homme (the museum of mankind, which I have never visited and probably should).

View from the Eiffel Tower looking north-west, Paris, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
View from the Eiffel Tower to La Défense.

The Place du Trocadero, between the two museums, is an excellent viewing platform for the Eiffel Tower, day or night. If you cross the road there is what appears in my photo to be a park full of people. It is in fact Passy Cemetery, somewhere I have also never visited (I think). The painter Edouard Manet and the composer Claude Debussy are buried there. The street going off from Place Trocadero at 2 o'clock is the Champs Elysée. Correction from chm: "The street going off at 2 o'clock is avenue Kléber. You cannot see the Champs-Élysées on this photo."

Beyond all the white typically Parisian buildings is the Bois de Boulogne and the skyscrapers of La Défense. The residential area between the Bois de Boulogne and La Défense is Neuilly, the poshest most upscale neighbourhood in Paris.  The Seine does a big loop and turns back on itself so that it appears in both the foreground and as the just visible natural boundary between Neuilly and La Défense.


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Colin and Elizabeth said...

We like Paris and have visited many times but never up the Eiffel tower whenever we have been there the queue has been horrendous to say the least. I don't do queues (C) Great picture.

chm said...

Champs-Élysées begin at place de la Concorde not at place du Trocadéro.

Susan said...

Colin -- this photo is from 18 years ago, and September, so queue wasn't too bad.
chm -- I should never write posts like this. Scenes never look like the map. Text now corrected.

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