Are you someone like me who would love to have a little climb for a scenic view of the urban landscape instead of a hike up a mountain?
There are amazing things about climbing a city’s structure that would cause nature lovers to frown upon. We avoid the dirt and dust from the sandy slopes as the the concrete/stone steps would be way safer and bearable to the non adventurous. As nature lovers enjoy nature, we also could enjoy the beautiful architecture of the cities as we admire from a bird’s eye view. You might probably spot your favorite fast food joint from the point you are standing! Not only that, you would not be able to argue that the resting points within a building/structure could be way more comfortable!
Pardon my non-nature loving argument that I have tried imposing on you and let’s get down to the 3 places in Paris which I had climbed as I had excluded the Eiffel Tower from my list. I could climb that if I had wanted to!
1) Arc de Triomphe
Standing at around 60m tall, Arc de Triomphe is considered one of the most famous monuments in Paris, France. With around 280 steps that takes you all the way to the top and panting, you get to enjoy a panoramic view of Paris! Within the Arc de Triomphe itself, there are plenty of historic facts for the history lovers which obviously exclude myself, as well as a gift shop to purchase souvenirs to take home.
Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
2) Chateau De Vinvennes
Once a royal residence from the 12th to the 18th century to a place where one should visit for a beautiful photo at ”bridge” of the castle. The perimeter of the castle is said to be more than 330m x 150m, with towers originally up to 42m high. If I remember correctly, you would not be able to climb all the way to the top of the tower but at least climbing up midway would still gives you a perfect view across the castle grounds.
Address: Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
3) Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris
Instead of climbing up this place of worship structure, you could already be panting midway to reach it. The Basilica stands tall at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Skip the counting of those irregular steps as reaching the Basilica of the Scared Heart of Paris offers a view that is definitely worth the climb. Thankfully I was climbing in the midst of winter and not during summer.
Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
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