Paris Part III: Fear of heights, the firebird and the Garden of Eden
In part three of our city trip to Paris series we’ll take you up to the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffeltower and we drink cocktails near place Stravinsky with its famous fountain. If you want to catch up and read part I and II first, you can do it here and here.
Arc de Triomphe
At first we weren’t sure if we wanted to go up the Arc de Triomphe, because we were thinking about going up the Eiffel Tower too. In the end the Arc kind of ended up as the warming up for the Eiffel Tower. At least for me, as I’m afraid of heights.
The Arc itself was nice. You have an awesome view at the Eiffel Tower from there and the rest of Paris from to terrace. The inside of the Arc wasn’t that special, though. It’s mostly a lot of stairs you need to climb and up in the horizontal part of the building there’s a lot of laurel wreaths on the wall, but there’s not much else going on there. – Continued below
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The Eiffel Tower
After completing the climb of the Arc, we took things up a notch. My girlfriend really wanted to go to the top of the Eiffel tower (she’s braver than me), but I am scared of heights and I tend to get all light-headed and anxious when I’m standing on something high. So I said, alright, let’s go to the second ring first and if I feel alright, I’ll go to the top. It was not that crowded, so we barely had to wait in line. Winning!
The thing with the Eiffel tower is: You can see it a thousand times on pictures, but it really blows you away when you see it in real life. It’s one of the few things that exceeded my expectations, to be honest. The sheer size of it is just mind-boggling when you’re standing next to it, so it really helped my nerves. Not. – Continued below
Photo: Maic Oudejans
Anyway, we went into the first lift and it was pretty nice. A bit crowded, but I felt comfortable. The second ring was already pretty cool and pretty high, but I didn’t feel too bad, so after I took a piss, I decided to go all the way. I stepped in the second lift and I thought: ‘I’m just not going to look down’, but it never works that way, does it? No. FFS, it’s impressive, yes, but it’s scary as hell too.
But yeah, I did it and I was pretty stoked and proud of myself. It’s kind of magical, really, to be up there. The Arc the Triumph (a pretty impressive building in its own right) looks like a Lego building from 285 meters high. The coolest part though, is that there was a rainbow when we got up there.
Tip: Don’t let your fear get in the way. Go up there and pad yourself on the back afterwards. – Continued below
Place Igor Stravinsky and cocktails
I saw this place once on a Dutch travel TV-show, but I kind of forgot about it, until my GF said she wanted to show me something. She meant the big Salvador Dali mural, but I was more in awe with Niki de Saint-Phalle’s sculptures I recognized from a documentary about her I once saw. I love the colors, and the weird shapes of the birds, the weird skull thing and Dali overlooking all of it. The whole place was just really cool. Because it was our last night in Paris and we didn’t spend too much on food, we decided to end our trip with some cocktails near the Stravinsky Fountain, across from Centre Pompidou. I had my first Garden of Eden ever and it was quite delicious. Cheers!
Tip: Combine Place Igor Stravinsky with a visit to Centre Pompidou and/or lunch/drinks at one of the nice cafés in the neighborhood.