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top 10 places to watch the sun rise or set in Paris

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top 10 places to watch the sun rise or set in Paris

I'd love to hear your suggestions. =)

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1. Re: top 10 places to watch the sun rise or set in Paris

I'm not found of Arc de Triomphe, but there is a nice sun set.

You are not "too hight", so there is a nice sun set with a view on Parisian building around. It is nice.

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On top of buildings such as Montparnasse, Galerie LaFayette or Printemps. Also, the George Restaurant on top of the Pompidou Museum. The Eiffel Tower area can be good. So can Concorde or most of the bridges spanning the Seine. Sometimes it is hard to see a span of sky in Paris as there are so many buildings so you have to find some open space or a high building.

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3. Re: top 10 places to watch the sun rise or set in Paris

From any of the bridges over the SEine, notably the Pont des Arts which is a pedestrian bridge.

From Sacre Coeur

From a bateau mouche

From the top of NOtre Dame's towers

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4. Re: top 10 places to watch the sun rise or set in Paris

A sunrise seen from the kitchen window in "my" out-of-this-world-gorgeous apartment, sipping a hairraisingly strong coffee and munching on a warm croissant straight from the baker's oven (well, make that 2 croissants......+ plus one escargot aux raisins):

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GitteK, what a view! My jaw is absolutely on my desk right now. What luck you've had! Alas, I suspect that is not the view I'll have from my upcoming rental - I apparently have a nice little terrace, but on the ground level. =)

Wonderful suggestions, all -- please keep them coming!

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6. Re: top 10 places to watch the sun rise or set in Paris

zuzupetals - only 2 months and 6 days to go...... I CAN'T WAIT !!!!!

I am looking at my map. Another place I guess would be breathtaking around 05:30 - before Paris wakes up - would be on Quai d'Orléans on Ile St.Louis looking over on the rear side of Notre Dame, which looks almost precisely to the east.

This is one of the things I have promised myself to do this summer.

To get up very early and walk through Paris in the cool summer morning, sun shining already, the "green men" washing the pavement, to greet them with a "Bonjour, Monsieur !", listening to the water from Montmartre gushing all the way down through the city gutters, garbage vans making their usual noise, inhaling the intoxicating smells from the bakeries. Can you feel this midsummer-sun rising over Paris ??

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7. Re: top 10 places to watch the sun rise or set in Paris

......and zuzupetals - just FYI... my apartment is in a neighbourhood that some people describe as:

>>I would think that most families finding themselves in the Moulin Rouge area would find the quickest way out<<

Too bad for them........ they will never know what they are missing !!

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8. Re: top 10 places to watch the sun rise or set in Paris

GitteK - Is your place in Montmarte or Pigalle? I've heard only good things about Montmarte (except the con artists with the string). Pigalle, on the other hand - I've heard some stories...

Well, the view is stunning, in any regard!

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9. Re: top 10 places to watch the sun rise or set in Paris

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89 Rue des Martyrs // Paris // 75018

and you can locate it on the map. Montmartre (the 18th arrondissement) is centrated around the hill.

The southern borders below the hill are Boulevard de Clichy (where the Moulin Rouge is located) and Boulevard de Rochechouart (Place Pigalle is at the western beginning of this boulevard). Then there is Boulevard de la Chapelle to the far east, but as a regular tourist you are not very likely to get out there.

Yes, there are some s*ex-shops on the boulevards, but they are quite harmless. Just ignore them - the doormen won't jump at you and drag you inside ! I am from Denmark, so to me the "redlight" district in Paris looks more like a Sunday-school. Who in 2007 would turn his/her head to stare at a naked bum, really ???

Both Moulin Rouge and Place Pigalle are at the foot of the hill, so in my world, these places do not belong to the "real" Montmartre.

"My" Montmartre is uphill, e.g. from Place Blanche up Rue Lepic to Rue des Abbesses. All the quaint, cobbledstoned, romantic streets and squares of "turn-of-the-century-Montmartre" are to the west and north of Sacré Coeur: Place Émile Goudeau (where Picasso painted his first revolutionary "modern" paintings) , Place du Calvaire, Avenue Junot, Rue Lepic (where the brothers Van Gogh lived), Rue de l'Abreuvoir, the Montmartre vineyards, Rue Cortot (where Utrillo lived with his mother) - with the small Montmartre museum......

If at all in doubt, just watch the first 3 episodes of "Mistral's Daughter" - Montmartre hasn't changed all that much in the last 100 years.

And you know what: (just between me and you - don't tell anyone) - I clap my fat little hands every time I read a post from some American who have decided that Montmartre is "seedy" and not suitable for children..... Hooray, let them stay down in the 5th, 6th and 7th - not to mention Le-F*king-Fantastic-Marais - so we can keep the uphill secret to ourselves.....

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10. Re: top 10 places to watch the sun rise or set in Paris

I think some people tend to pass off neighborhoods or even entire cities with...a sense of character that maybe they're not familiar with...as being seedy. I live in New York so maybe my idea of seedy is a little different than, say, someone who lives in Kansas. It's all relative to experience. (Not like I'm all worldly - this is, after all, my first trip to Paris and I want to see some sunsets and sunrises while I'm there!)

A little place in Montmarte doesn't sound bad to me at all. But we'll keep that between us. =)