There are certainly existing guide books, websites, and blogs that tell where you can get great views of Paris like the top of the Eiffel Tower, the terrace in front of Sacre Ceour, the tower of Notre Dame, and rooftops of a few department stores. It is definitely worth it to seek out one of these views as they are spectacular, but recently I experienced another view that strangely came as a surprise to me.
When my husband and I were in Paris this summer, he wanted to do something we haven’t done in maybe 15 years. He wanted to ride the Ferris wheel in the Tuileries Garden. We had done this many years ago. And, in fact had not been there together since. I was not convinced this was the best use of our time in the city, and we had done this before. I would almost always chose to do something new rather than something we’ve done before, no matter how fun.
After an afternoon or walking around exploring, a drink in a cafe, and a visit to the nearby Musee des Arts Decoratifs, we exited out into the heat of the day, and across the street to the park of the Tuileries. We could take refuge under the leafy trees when the sun seems hottest in the late afternoon.
After a rest, the sun a dropped slightly, making the temperature a bit more comfortable. I needed a gulp or two of water, and headed to the nearest concessionaire. It happened to be among the carnivalesque atmosphere near the Louvre, with its games and rides. It was then and there I was persuaded to ride the Ferris Wheel again.
Fortunately, there was no line at the moment. We only had to wait for the next time the wheel stopped. We took our spots in the carriage and began our ascent. It was a much more beautiful ride than I had expected. The position of the sun in sky created a golden hue over many of the buildings and, as it was our last full day in the Paris, I felt I could take in every last monument and neighborhood,and say good-bye… until next time.
I would highly recommend a ride on the Ferris Wheel. I can only speak to the one in the Tuileries. There are two. The other one, in Place de la Concorde, is larger, but faces a different direction. Enjoy the views.