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Paris as seen from the Saint-Jacques Tower

Paris Tour Saint Jacques Eiffel Tower

When in Paris, you may have noticed this ancient, lone tower erected in the center of the city. The Saint-Jacques Tower had long been under renovation and it would intrigue me whenever I passed by. Now the monument is {almost} as new and I had the chance to climb up the 300 steps of its narrow staircase to enjoy a view of Paris that literally took my breath away.

Si vous connaissez Paris, vous aurez sans doute remarqué cette tour ancienne et solitaire érigée au centre de la capitale. La Tour Saint Jacques a longtemps été en rénovation et elle m’intriguait à chaque fois que je passais dans le quartier du Châtelet. A présent que ce monument est {presque} comme neuf, j’ai eu la chance de grimper ses 300 marches pour admirer une vue de Paris qui m’a laissée bouche bée.

Paris Plages Saint Jacques

Paris Tour Saint Jacques

The hour-long visit takes you through the eventful history of the Saint-Jacques Tower. The last remains of a church demolished through the French Revolution, it became a bullet factory and then a meteorological laboratory during the 19th century. Obviously, the best part is getting to the top and enjoying one of the most glorious views of Paris you can get.

La visite d’une heure {très intéressante} nous mène à travers les péripéties de l’histoire de la Tour. Dernier vestige d’une église dédiée aux bouchers détruite à la Révolution Française, le clocher est devenu une fabrique de plomb puis une station de météorologie au 19ème siècle. Evidemment, le meilleur moment est l’arrivée au sommet et les minutes passées à contempler l’une des plus magnifiques vues de Paris.

Paris Eiffel Tower view Tour Saint JacquesLa Conciergerie, Saint-Sulpice, Théâtre du Châtelet and the Eiffel Tower

Notre Dame Paris Saint JacquesNotre-Dame-de-Paris

Les Halles Tour Saint JacquesLes Halles

Tour Saint Jacques gargoyles

Paris Tour Saint Jacques ConciergerieAngel overlooking La Conciergerie, where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned

Paris Sebastopol Sacré Coeur Tour Saint JacquesBoulevard Sébastopol, Les Halles, Le Sacré-Cœur

Paris Pompidou Tour Saint JacquesCentre Georges Pompidou

Paris Hôtel de Ville Tour Saint JacquesHôtel de Ville, Ile Saint-Louis

Tour Saint Jacques gargoyles Les HallesLes Halles

Paris Saint Jacques angelEiffel Tower

Tour Saint Jacques detail view

The Saint-Jacques Tower can only be visited in the summertime on weekends, with bookings available until September 27th this year through Des Mots et Des Arts (10€ for 1-hour visit). Note that this company created by 2 young women also organizes tours throughout Paris all year long.

La Tour Saint-Jacques se visite uniquement les week-ends en été (jusqu’au 27 septembre). Le nombre de places est limité alors mieux vaut réserver via Des Mots et Des Arts (10€). A noter que cette entreprise créée par 2 jeunes femmes organise des visites guidées thématiques à travers Paris toute l’année.

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Avril in pictures

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May in Paris started off with winter-like temperatures. Looking back at my Instagram pictures of April makes me want to weep at the sight of a sunny city. The arrival of spring made me re-discover the Palais-Royal gardens and Ile Saint-Louis under a different light. It’s a time of the year when rhythms change. People linger in parks and on the banks of the Seine. A general sense of lightness settles in.

Saint-Germain was no exception to the trend and I had a lovely Easter Monday stroll in the Luxembourg gardens, which I blogged on here.

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The month wouldn’t have been complete without a few cultural events. The highlights were attending rehearsals of the ballet Paquita which premieres at Palais Garnier tonight. The public work session hosted by the choreographer Pierre Lacotte and Etoile dancer Agnès Letestu was fascinating. I also got to see a dress rehearsal at the Opera and visit backstage thanks to a lovely lady who works there – a dream come true!

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