Thursday, 31 January 2013

City With A View

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This particular picture is pleasing for one very good reason: you can't see the enormous bland panelled structure they've build on the square in front of Notre Dame to celebrate its 850th anniversary. It's hiding behind the buildings on the left.

It's a bit like the reason pictures of the Eiffel Tower taken from the top of the Montparnasse Tower are great because you can't see the Montparnasse Tower in them.

Talking of high-up view points, these are my favourites: the top of the nearest tower we can see in this picture, the top of the steps at Sacré Coeur, the roof of Galeries Lafayette (and in the past La Samaritaine), the top of the staircases of the Pompidou Centre, and the belvedere in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont.

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And what about low-down views, I think to myself. Well, I'm particularly fond of the ups and downs of the Père Lachaise cemetery, as well as the ups and downs of the Parc Montsouris. It seems like I have a certain something for ups and downs, doesn't it?

And for completely flat, I suppose I'd have to say the banks of the Seine around the islands, cliché that it is. And the Luxembourg and Tuileries gardens with their iconic chairs are always a pleasure, as is the much quieter Palais Royal garden. Not forgetting the classic Parc Monceau.

But perhaps my favourite thing of all is wandering around aimlessly between these places, keeping a look out for the odd new sculpture or statue or happening of some sort or another. Is your favourite place given above or somewhere completely different? Maybe you favour a lesser-known more local park to your neighbourhood like the Parc André Citroen, the Parc Kellerman, the Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge, the Parc Georges Brassens or the mouthful of the Parc Clichy-Batignolles-Martin Luther King. Or perhaps you prefer one of the more modest squares or places too numerous to mention.

Then again, if you're one of the 0.1% of the population who consider the Montparnasse Tower one of the shining architectural Parisian accomplishments of the 20th century you'll undoubtedly appreciate the Jardin Atlantique, affording a splendid view over said edifice. Over to you!

And why not...
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