Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris by River Seine

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Notre Dame Cathedral; Paris; France; uasatish;

Cathédrale de Notre Dame is an iconic landmark of Paris. This Gothic masterpiece is world-famous for its size, ancient past and fine architecture. It is located on the Ile de la Cité, in the historic centre of Paris. The Île de la Cité  is one of two natural islands on River Seine. It is a short walk from the Palais de Justice and Sainte Chapelle.

During repair work on 15 April 2019, a huge fire broke out and destroyed the spire, clock and central frame of the twelfth century Gothic landmark. Reconstruction work is in full swing and an army of craftsmen gallop towards a deadline to reopen in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The fire generated a flood of contributions, with 340,000 donors in 150 countries raising  €844 million in donations, according to the public body overseeing the restoration.

Eiffel Tower

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When I was planning our trip to Paris, I tried to book entry tickets to the top floor of Eiffel Tower. But I did not meet with success because tickets were fully booked more than a month in advance. However when we reached Eiffel Tower on a rainy evening last month, the queues were not long. As luck would have it, we could buy the tickets at the counter within 10 minutes, We got into the lift and reached the top floor.

Eiffel Tower; Paris; top floor; River Seine; uasatish;; outdoor; aerial view;
The Seine Seen from Eiffel Tower Summit

The views are magnificent. River Seine stretched out in front of us with cruise boats moving around below. On another side could be seen Jardins du Trocadero and the business districts. There was also a game of football in progress down below.

Eiffel Tower; Paris; top floor; Jardins du Trocadero; uasatish;; outdoor; aerial view;
Jardins du Trocadero

The Tower has two restaurants which we did not try out. Champagne Bar serves rose or white champagne. A glass will set you back by Euros 12 to 21.

There were notices put up warning visitors of pickpockets. It will be advisable to not carry valuables or sizeable amounts of cash.

Eiffel Tower; Paris; uasatish;; outdoor; illuminated; night sky;
Eiffel Tower

When we came down the lift, the tower was spectacularly illuminated. This presented us with more photo opportunities.

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