View from the Eiffel Tower
The view from the platforms
is superb. From the top one can see 50 miles when the air is clear.
In this view from the middle platform one looks Northwest over
the River Seine toward (in the foreground), the Trocadero area,
made up of the Place du Trocadero and terraced gardens
and dominated by the much maligned neo classical Palais de
Chaillot built in 1937 for the Exposition Universalle.
The vast building houses the radical Theatre National de Chaillot
and four museums.
In the middle ground (the dark horizontal strip in front of the
high rise buildings) lies the Bois (wood) de Boulogne,
a park which was created under Napoleon III in the second part
of the 19th century through the design of Baron Haussman, an admirer
of the large and central London Parks.
At the top of the picture is the modern La Defense, Europe's
largest business center where 140,000 people work in corporate
headquarters of such companies as Cegetel, IBM, Societe Generale,
Elf, Total, Rhone-Poulenc, and Usinor.
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