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Everyone knows the towers of Notre Dame are classic, and the view they provide is even more so.
But if you’ve walked around Ile-de-la-Cité on a summer afternoon, you’ll also be aware that Paris can be very hot and her landmarks anxiety-inducingly crowded. Like… masses of humanity crowded.
So, instead of waiting for two hours just to get in to Notre Dame (with several hundred of your closest friends), take a ride off the beaten path. Hop a metro across town to Montparnasse Tower, pay a couple bucks more, and see all the loveliest landmarks in Paris from a one-of-a-kind perspective.
Boyfriend Perspective: If you like even an inch of elbow room – hell, shoulder room – you will want to skip Notre Dame. Even its courtyard and plaza were standing room only at midday. While amazing to look at, it’s better to view from afar.
The Montparnasse Tower experience
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After you hop off the metro, walk outside the station and follow signs for Montparnasse Tower’s observation deck.
Once you get inside the lobby, you can order your tickets (if you haven’t ordered online already) and get a brochure about the experience. From there, you’ll get in line to get your bags x-rayed and go through a metal detector. Luckily, it wasn’t terribly busy, so we didn’t have to wait TOO long.
At that point, it’s on to the elevator which, in 38 seconds, catapults you to the 56th story of the skyscraper. This looks a whole lot like the touristy part of the Empire State Building, or the Space Needle in Seattle. Skip it, and hoof the additional 3 floors up on foot.
Then, emerge out onto the observation deck. It’s breezy, bright, and enclosed in glass. There are binoculars on all sides, and you get a no-holds-barred view of this fantastic city.
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