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La Defense: Not Worth the Bother
The huge 35 storey office building complex in the 15th district is-in my opinion-not worth a visit. From the Champs Elysees you can see it in the distance at one end. It's a tremendously large square-shaped building. You take a high-speed elevator up and come down and that's about it. That's what we did as part of our sightseeing tour a few years after it was built (1985).
Unique Suggestions: Don't even bother to visit. It's not worth the 7 euro admission.
Fun Alternatives: Visit the other more typical and scenic sights.
Be defensive about a trip to La Defense
It is a big square and a bunch of office buildings. Other than a small shopping mall below ground it is just not worth the effort to go and visit. We were pretty dissapointed in it.
Unique Suggestions: Turn around and go back down into the Metro and go someplace else.
Fun Alternatives: Stop at Arc de Triomphe. At least you have some sights to see, brasseries to drink at and world class shopping.
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La Grande Arche
The view from the top of the big arch (La Grande Arche) is disappointing, very limited. .
Unique Suggestions: On the other hand, there are always cool expositions on the top floor: last summer there was one with photographs of NY and 9/11.
Fun Alternatives: Great shopping-centers at the La Défense complex.
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