Monday, 7 February 2011
A Gargoyle's Perspective
There are several places you can go to get a great view of Paris.
The Eiffel Tower is the obvious one as the tallest and most iconic building in Paris, if you don't mind waiting patiently in a long queue for the lifts to the top, or braving the stairs.
Another popular choice is the monolithic Tour Montparnasse. The featureless tower sticks out like a sore thumb in the skyline so it's popular partly because, to paraphrase Maupassant, it's the only place in Paris where you can't see the damn thing from.
For location though it's hard to beat Notre Dame. Slap bang in the middle of the city on the Ile de la Cité, it offers a spectacular panorama of the entire city.
I climbed up its 387 steps with two friends the other day, and this photo is from a gargoyle's perspective at the top balcony connecting the two bell towers, looking north towards the Sacré-Coeur.