Eiffel Tower - Musee d'Orsay

Wandering along by the Seine, on the well-known, hip Rive Gauche (left bank) of Paris, is one of the Parisians' favourites! From the Champs de Mars - which features the outstanding Tour Eiffel - to the Musée d' Orsay, you will have the chance to pass by the Invalides and the emotional place where Lady Diana tragically died - to give but a few.
The Eiffel Tower is arguably the most sought-after attraction of Paris! This outstanding 3-storey iron tower is indeed one of the top tourist destinations in France, especially due to its aesthetic appeal. In 2007, about 6.9 million visitors came to admire the major icon of France! Originally built for the World Exhibition in 1889, held for the centenary of the French Revolution, the Tour Eiffel would be soon renowned as the tallest building in the world - until 1930, when the Chrysler Building in New York stole its prize! The 300 metre-high Paris "Eiffel Tower" actually highlights Gustave Eiffel's revolutionary building techniques - which had already been used for the Statue of Liberty framework by the way. Do not hesitate to browse the official Tour Eiffel website to have further information about the various activities proposed there, from exhibitions to entertainments for kids. For those who want to satisfy both their eyes and taste buds and make the most of the French Food, do try the restaurants of the Eiffel Tower - amongst which the second-floor Jules Verne venue. A quite expensive but absolutely exceptional dining experience! The Eiffel Tower is above all a huge, breathtaking, 19th-century work of engineering that you must see when visiting the French capital but, to be honest, you can just benefit from the view of Paris at the top and carry on your trip! There are so many things to do and see around there: during sunny days, you can go for a walk or a picnic in the Champs de Mars park or, if the weather is not convenient, head for the Musee d'Orsay (19th and 20th century art museum), passing by the Invalides memorial and the National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale). The renowned Paris Orsay Museum features wonderful painting collections (covering the period 1848-1914) but also an exceptional building itself. The Musee d'Orsay was indeed created in the former Orsay railway station on the left bank of the Seine. Even if you are not a real Art connoisseur, this musée is definitely worth a visit!

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