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Day 14 – Montparnasse Tower, Paris, France

April 2015

The last attraction on the final day in Paris is a visit to Montparnasse Tower which is situated above the vicinity of Gare Montparnasse (Train Station). Taking the metro, we got-off at the Montparnasse–Bienvenue metro station within the station complex. A short walk out of the station will take you to the tower. It’s easy to find …. its the 2nd tallest building in Paris.

The tower consists of a 210m office skyscraper, and access to the viewing decks is via a dedicated lift through a separate side entrance. A high speed lift will take you up to the 56th floor in 38 seconds. As this tower is a lesser known attraction, there is almost no waiting time for the lift if you have made advanced ticket purchase.

There are two floors of viewing deck. The Panoramic floor (56th) is a fully enclised viewing floor with a restaurant. The other is an open air Rooftop Terrace (59th) accessible via staircase. From the rooftop, you’ll get unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower as well as a 360° view of Paris. By line of sight, both towers are ±3.5km apart. Tickets for the rooftop can be purchased online here.

Montparnasse Tower.

Montparnasse Tower.

Montparnasse Tower.

Side entrance for the lift to the viewing deck.

Montparnasse Tower

The Panoramic floor with a small cafe.

Montparnasse Tower

The Terrace where you can soak up the warmth.

Montparnasse Tower

The rooftop viewing deck.

Montparnasse Tower

Eiffel Tower as seen from Montparnasse Tower.

Montparnasse Tower

Un-obstructive view of the Eiffel Tower.

Montparnasse Tower

Downtown Paris.

Montparnasse Tower

Paris as far as you can see.

Montparnasse Tower

The army museum in the centre.

Montparnasse Tower

The rail lines converging into Montparnasse – Bienvenue Paris station.

Grand Mosque, Paris

Day 14 – Grand Mosque, Paris, France

Our next place of visit is the Grand Mosque of Paris. You’ll need to take the metro to Place Monge. April 2015

As you exit the stop via the escalator, to your right is the morning market and straight ahead is a pharmacy. Cross the street to the pharmacy, walk to the end of the block (about 5 shop lots or so) until you reach a junction. Turn left and upon crossing the street, you be able to notice the minaret of the mosque.

This area has a few halal restaurants if you care to walk around. There is a Moroccan restaurant at one corner of the mosque but is pack during lunch time. Be warned, the menu prices is a little steep.

Grand Mosque, Paris

The escalator exit from Place Monge metro stop. The morning market is to your right. The pharmacy is straight ahead.

The pharmacy is right ahead.

The mosque minaret as seen from Rue du Puits de l’Ermite.

Grand Mosque, Paris

Frontage of the Grand Mosque.

Grand Mosque, Paris

One of the entrances into the prayer hall.

Grand Mosque, Paris

Entrance to the prayer hall from the courtyard.

Grand Mosque, Paris

Courtyard of the Grand Mosque.

Grand Mosque, Paris

Moroccan inspired fountain in the mosque courtyard.

Grand Mosque, Paris

The trees and shrubs in the courtyard.

The beautiful courtyard of the Grand Mosque, Paris.

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Grand Mosque, Paris

Route map from Place Monge to the Grand Mosque & The Grillades Cafe.

The Grillades Cafe as marked on the map above serves halal food. It was surprising to see a note on the glass in our national language – ‘Selamat Datang, Makanan Halal’ – Welcome, halal food.

Grand Mosque, Paris

The Grillades Cafe with a note in our national language, ‘Selamat Datang, Makanan Halal’.

Grand Mosque, Paris

The corner cafe of The Grillades.

Centre Pompidou

Day 14 – Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

April 2015

Today is our final day in Paris and first on our itinerary is a visit to the Centre Pompidou. It is a multicultural complex, bringing together in one place different forms of art and literature. It has a vast library, houses the Museum of Modern Art and is a centre for music and acoustic research.

We reached Centre Pompidou by getting-off at the Rambuteau metro stop. I’m attracted to this building for it looks which is more like an oil refinery and is painted in multi colors. Anything with many colors attract me.

Centre Pompidou

As you exit Rambuteau metro stop, you’ll see this sign.

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou.

Centre Pompidou

The multi colored ‘Oil Refinery’ sort of structure of the Centre Pompidou.

Centre Pompidou

Could also have been an alien space ship with 3 exhaust protruding.

Centre Pompidou

The colorful Centre Pompidou.

Pipes of peace ?

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Centre Pompidou

sampaisudah.com been to Centre Pompidou.