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Private Tour: Paris Historical Walking Tour and Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum with Guide
"Meet your guide on Île de la Cité in the morning for your private walking tour. The epicenter of Paris Île de la Cité is the perfect place to start your historical tour of Paris as this is where the ancient city was founded and where the medieval city was reborn. Admire the island's most famed attraction Notre Dame Cathedral before taking a 3-hour narrated walk along the lovely River Seine.Trace Paris' fascinating history architecture art and culture throughout the centuries as you uncover the famous landmarks and bridges along the Seine. Highlights include the Pont Neuf and Pont des Arts
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Paris Highlights: Half Day Private Walking Tour
"Discover the renowned landmarks that make Paris so special. Begin your tour at the world's most visited museum the Louvre. Learn about it's history and the art inside. No trip to the Louvre is complete with a photo with your finger on the tip of the pyramid! Continue your journey through the picturesque Tuileries Gardens before arriving at Place de la Concorde.&# today being replaced by the skyscraping Luxor Obelisk. Walk along the Seine River to the Alexandre III Bridge the perfect location to discover the Hotel des Invalides Grand Palais and Petit Palais. Take a stroll down the Champs-Élysées. Window shop in the fashion capital of the world or imagine being part of the cheering crowd as the Tour de France passes by. Stop for a macaron at the famed Ladurée before continuing t looming over the busy avenue. Before standing at her feet Trocadéro provides an incredible view to take cherished photos of the Eiffel Tower. Get an up close and personal view of the Iron Lady herself and you pass below the beautiful steel and lace structure that dominates the Parisian skyline."
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Private Tour: Paris Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Eiffel Tower
"One of the best ways to discover Paris is getting around the city by foot and by car with a private guide. You will get to see Notre-Dame de Paris and Ile de la cité Montmartre and the Opera House Concorde square the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées the Invalides the Grand Palais the Marais district and the Bastille square
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La Grande Roue - The Great Wheel Tips (12)

La Grande Roue

Yes, this is a touristy thing to do but we didn't care. This large ferris wheel is a fun distraction in the middle of the city. If you don't mind heights and can take the motion, it's a easy ride to take. I have a fear of heights but kept calm by not looking directly down but out. Being so high up at this provided us great views of Paris and enjoyed the sunset.

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cjg1
Jul 18, 2016

Grande Roue - A wandering Ferris Wheel.

There was already a Grande Roue de Paris at the universal exhibition of Paris in 1900, not at the Jardin des Tuileries but near the Champ de Mars. That Ferris wheel had a diameter of 100 m and was demolished in 1937.
The Grande Roue (big wheel) of 60 m high as you can see now was built for the millennium celebrations and was supposed to stay at the Place de la Concorde for only one year. The owner Marcel Campion refused a judge’s order to have the wheel taken down so that after much controversy the wheel was dismantled only in 2002.
After that the wheel was re-erected in the UK in 2003 and 2004, and later the Netherlands and Bangkok. The Grande Roue came back in Paris in 2007 and is supposed to come back each year in Paris and illuminate the Place de la Concorde and Tuileries for the end of the year festivities.
The Grande Roue is very nicely lighted in bleu shades like all the Champs-Elysées

NEW: The Grand Roue has been sold to a Belgian and will move end of August 2015 to Waregem in Belgium.
So hurry up if you want to see the Tuileries and Le Louvre from the heights.

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breughel
Feb 28, 2015

Up in the Air on La Grande Roue

“The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

A grand way to see Paris from an elevated point other than the Eiffel Tower is la Grande Roue de Paris, a simple but magical ferris wheel.

La Grande Roue, 197 feet tall, entertains on the northern edge of Jardin de Tuileries and rue de Rivoli. Adults and kids will enjoy this different perspective on the City of Light.

We rode the Big Wheel when it was originally erected in Place de la Concorde for the millennium celebrations in 1999. It was dusk when we went spinning around in the fading light of day; the twinkling lights of the Champs Élysées were on one side and the Jardin de Tuileries were on the other. This is a sight I will always remember.

The Big Wheel has not been without controversy. It was meant to stand for only a year; but that became two years. A judge ordered the wheel dismantled and the owner Marcel Campion refused. Finally, it was taken down and it went gallivanting around the world, Birmingham and Manchester England, Amsterdam, even Bangkok! Now, it is back in Paris.

Take a spin on la Grande Roue. Enjoy!

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von.otter
Jun 17, 2009

Paris, ferris wheel ride at Place Concorde

Ferris wheel at place de la concorde. You MUST try it. Very thrilling but after 2nd round (it goes 3-4rounds, depends on the mood of worker....french eh?:) finally you can open your eyes and enjoy the view.

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mallyak
Aug 16, 2008
 
 
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Grande Roue -- the Big Wheel

Paris' "Grande Roule" -- or Big Wheel -- was built in 1999 as part of the city's Millennium Celebration. With 50,000 individuals light bulbs stretching its 200 foot height, the Wheel lit up the skyline like nothing else. Its central location on the Place de la Concorde -- between the Champs Ellysee and the Louvre -- ensured that all visitors to the city caught a glimpse, if not a ride.

It was supposed to be removed in 2000, but due to side agreements, delays, and controversy, it stayed far longer. Finally, after almost three years -- and after becoming another landmark of Paris -- the Big Wheel was removed in January 2002.

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Ewingjr98
Nov 16, 2006

The French Wheel - La Grand Roue

Take a ride on the French Ferris Wheel - La Grand Roue - at the end of the Champs Elysées. It gives you a good view of the city looking back down it's most famous avenue towards the Arc de Triomph. You can watch the locals and the tourists on the promenade shopping or eating cafes and get a birds eye view....

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Zanzibargirl
Jun 28, 2004

Ferris wheel

Photo taken from on top of the ferris wheel. View right ahead of The Louvre museum, on the left you can see Rue de Rivoli, and below the Tuileries garden..
It's a pleasant ride and a fun way to see Paris!

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Zlur
Dec 02, 2002

As big as they come ferris wheel

This is bigger than one in Vienna, but that is rather large also. Rides can be taken and been going for 100 years, or so?

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BruceDunning
Dec 30, 2007
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Nemorino

"My Paris: not only operas and bicycles . . ."
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BeatChick

"Perambulations in Paris!"
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shrimp56

"London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation."
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breughel

"PARIS POUR LA CULTURE!"
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"Paris - Over 40 years of love and hate."
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Great

Even not the biggest ferris wheel in the world, but it worth to see it and especially when on top, can see the view of Paris, especially at nite with full of lighs! amazing! And not far from Louvre.

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black_mimi99
Dec 24, 2007

Fortune Wheel. In this...

Fortune Wheel. In this attraction you can see a beautiful view of Paris.
It was made for celebrate the 2000 year. Is one of the biggest fortune wheel of the world.

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lucyguajardo
Sep 12, 2002

go on The Big Wheel (La Grande...

go on The Big Wheel (La Grande Roule) in La Place De Concorde. OK, it's not 'The London Eye', but it's OK and it's fun.
Decent views of Paris, and just a fun thing to do, if you've the time to spare.

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steventilly
Aug 24, 2002

Went on the big fairground...

Went on the big fairground wheel, for spectacular views across Paris, including down the Avenue towards the Louvre in the distance, shown in the photo (and the my main photo)

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CarolynShort
Aug 24, 2002

Things to Do Near La Grande Roue - The Great Wheel

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Place de la Concorde

This large square always gives me the same sensation: breath! The river "disappears" and we have the sensation of being in a wider area, surrounded by wonderful buildings, where the inevitable cars...
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City Free Tour - Montmartre

Montmartre is maybe the most beautiful part of Paris. I took this walk with City Free Tour and it was the best tour i ever took. Guy was great! After that i felt like i live in Montmartre. Great...
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Hôtel de Crillon

One of the most elegant hotels in the world and possessing one of the best restaurants in Paris, Les Ambassadeurs, the Hotel Crillon has become headquarters of international diplomats where many press...
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Orangerie

There are two departments in this museum on paintings of the 19-20th c: On the ground floor, in two oval rooms, are on display the eight panels of Monet's "Nympheas". The painter, when living in...
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Pont de la Concorde

again, there are about 37 bridges spanning the seine river in Paris of which it roughly cuts the city into two. One of the photographed while on a Seine River Cruise is the Pont de la Concorde, which...
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Palais Bourbon - National Assembly

Palais Bourbon is on the river gauche of the Sein in front of Pont de la Concorde. The palace, wanted by Luisa Francesca, the daughetr of Luigi XIV, was built betwen 1722 and 1728. Inside it is...
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Getting to La Grande Roue - The Great Wheel

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Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris

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