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The Best Views of the Eiffel Tower

Translated by Lottie Davies — one year ago

Original text by Maika Cano Martínez

Trocadéro is an area comprised of some gardens, a view point square, a palace, and a large fountain. Its located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, next to the Seine, just in front of the Champ de Mars and the Eiffel Tower. The palace was demolished and recreated for the World's Fair in 1937.

The Palais du Chaillot consists of two curved structures that form a kind of arch. Within it, there are three museums: in the west wing, the 'Museé national de la Marine' (naval museum) and the 'Museé de l'Homme' (ethnology museum), and, in the east wing, the 'Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine' (Architecture and Heritage City).

The large fountain that sits in the middle of the gardens has a rectangular shape, and it is known as the Fountain of Warsaw. The best thing is seeing it when it's all turned on, as there are some jets of water that make arches, and with how big it is, it's a huge spectacle.

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The square in Trocadéro is really famous for the number of tourists that go there for the best panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower. It is the highest point in Trocadéro, and is situated just in front of the Eiffel Tower, which means that the views are really impressive. You have to go there in the morning, during sunset, and at night in order to have best memories and photos. It's full of tourists, so you have to be careful and watch out for pickpockets. The square is located in the centre of the Palais du Chaillot, but is set slightly further back, and is seen as the link between the two wings of the palace.

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I have been to Paris twice: the first time, I didn't find this place, despite searching for the typical panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower; the second time, I was better informed and I went directly there and loved it. It's important to mention that the first time you see it is the best, because you exit the metro, walk up towards the square, and suddenly you find yourself surrounded by incredible views. Of course, we took lots of photos from every angle, and, I was very lucky when I went because Paris was decorated for Christmas, so it looked like something out of a movie.

Just next to the Trocadéro square was an area filled with Christmas decorations, a man dressed as Father Christmas with whom you could sit and take a photo, a giant Christmas tree, an ice-skating rink, and below, a Christmas market; all of which coming with impressive views of the Eiffel Tower from every angle. I have a photo with Father Christmas, with the Eiffel Tower in the background and the Christmas tree, which I am going to turn into a Christmas postcard to send to all of my relatives, haha. The Father Christmas was a little unfriendly, but fortunately the photo didn't take long.

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Then, we headed down to the Jardins du Trocadéro, and we found a little Christmas market, which was really nicely decorated. The houses were made of wood, there was typical Christmas food available, and it all looked really good. There were giant candy canes as part of the market's decoration, which were really pretty. We didn't go to the ice-skating rink because my friends didn't want to, but if I go again alone, I would be the first one there. I love skating, and I think that after going ice-skating in New York, doing it in front of the Eiffel Tower is something that I have to do.

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After, we went to the Eiffel Tower, and when the sun set, we returned to Trocadéro to enjoy the views of the Tower whilst lit up.

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Obviously, the best views you will have of the Trocadéro in its entirety will be from the Eiffel Tower, if you go up to the first level. From there, I think it's the most beautiful view you will find of the surrounding area.

The metro stop is called "Trocadéro" and is accessible via lines 6 and 9. You can also get there on foot if you follow the Seine, or from the Champs de Mars, which is just in front of it.

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