Invalides & Eiffel Tower

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Here you will find undeniably, the main attraction of Paris, the  symbolic Eiffel Tower, situated near the Seines southern bank.
Its elegant ironwork is most alluring at night, when it is lit up every five minutes by 20,000 shimmering light bulbs. This is also the best time to climb the tower, because the queues are at their shortest.

In front of the Eiffel Tower is the sprawling grounds of the Hôtel des Invalides, the 17th-century war veteran´s residence which includes a military museum and Napoleon´s tomb. You will also find here the private mansion housing the Musée Rodin and its tranquil rose gardens filled with Rodin´s sculptures including The Thinker.

The area has beautiful houses and broad boulevards, just perfect for long, delightful walks.

MAIN ATTRACTIONS
ballon-de-parisBallon Eutelsat
Hellion filled ballon that takes you up but not away. Gaining up to 150 meters in elevation during the tour, the 30 meter high and 20 meter wide hot-air balloon filled with helium, provides passengers with a spectacular view of Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to the Sein and Tour Montparnasse.
Parc André Citroenwww.ballondeparis.com
   
 
 
 
 
 
champ-de-marsChamp de Mars
The park in front of the Eiffel Tower is one of the largest parks in Paris and its perfect for a picnic. In the 16th century it was used for growing vineyards and vegetables, then it turn to battle field training in the 18th century and after that its been used for grand celebrations and horse-racing.
 
 
eiffel_tower-150pxEiffel Tower
It´s standing there proud, it´s beautiful, it´s amazing and it´s so Paris.
After 700 steps you have reach the second floor. Its the same as the 41st floor on a building. If you don´t want to climb there is always the elevators but the queue are much longer. Try to come early in the morning or late afternoon.
Champ de Mars - www.tour-eiffel.fr

musee-de-armeHôtel des Invalides & Musée de l´Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er
The remains of Napoleon is buried here. You will find a lot of weaponry, flags and medals on display in the museum.
Esplanade des Invalideswww.invalides.org
   
 
 
Musee-des-egoutsMusée des Égouts de Paris
A museum dedicated to sewage. You will see the development of Paris waste-water disposal system and it’s a “must see” destination for any visitor who’s interested in engineering, public works, rats or unusual tourist attractions–and for fans of Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables and the musical that it inspired.
93 Quai d´Orsaywww.paris.org/Musees/Egouts/info.html

musee-de-orsayMusée d´Orsay
The museum is housed in a former railway stations it´s filled with impressionist, postimpressionist and art nouveau works. It is one of Paris most beloved museums. Don´t miss the grandiose Café des Hauteurs which looks out over Paris through the former railwaystations glass clockface. The Café has also a rooftop section with panoramic views.
62 Rue de Lillewww.musee-orsay.fr

museum-de-quai-branlyMusée de Quai Branly
The museum features indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Don´t miss the “living wall” (200m long by 12m tall) on part of the exterior which is full of green plants.  You get a nice view of the Eiffel Tower from the cafe and the roof top restaurant.
37 Quai de Branlywww.quaibranly.fr

musee-rodinMusée Rodin
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) brought monumental public sculpture into the modern era. There is a lovely Salon de The under the trees in the gardens which is also full of sculptures.
The Metro stop, Varenne, features also some of Rodin’s sculptures on the platform
77 Rue de Varennewww.musee-rodin.fr

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