Tour Montparnasse!!

Well , what can I say, not a good photographer for sure but coming up with sites in my eternal Paris is a nightmare. There are so many and so many photos hard to choose and worse write about them. But I got my external hard drive running and giving me back lots of photos. I need to match them with a post. Therefore, one of them is on the Tour Montparnasse.

Yes, have several posts on Montparnasse but dealing with the history side and the train station, so will tell a bit more on the neighborhood and the Tour Montparnasse.  This should be easy, after all a major monument in Paris seen by millions! However, I worked across the street and went in for eating and business meetings several times over the years, bear with me please.

Tour Montparnasse, is front of  the train station, transport hub of Montparnasse. Amazing again my office was across the street, been here ,but need to tell you more ::)

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It is located in the quartier Necker in the 15éme arrondissement., the 6éme is surrounded it as well as the 14éme fittingly call the quartier Montparnasse of which the tower takes its name. It is separated by the train station by simple place Raoul Doutry, and has many transportation lines including a TGV, regular SNCF trains, metro station Montparnasse-Bienvenue on lines 4,6;12;and 13. Many bus lines criss cross it like lines 92,94,96, and 28,58, 82 and others. parking by car is best at Maine TGV parking garage or Océane parking.

The tour Montparnasse entrance is at 33 avenue du Maine. There is also a cafe both (resto ciel de paris)  are claiming to be the highest in Europe. The 56 floor is all enclosed heated and cool yeararound convenient to see the best sights in Paris, and the view is superb! However, it is also framed by the rue de Départ , rue de l’Arrivée , boulevard du Montparnasse and the place of 18-Juin-1940. It is separated from the Gare-Montparnasse by the place Raoul-Dautry. You have all the latest information in its official webpage in English: Official Tour Montparnasse

Some numbers at you, work finally began end of 1969 and lasted until end of 1972. It took the destruction of the old train station, and foundation work took away much of the concrete around it with the construction of 56 pillars or columns of 70 meters deep ( 231 ft). All needed to support a weigh of 115K tons! The metro structures were surrounded by walls of concrete in the middle of 2,3 hectares or 5.7 acres. The tower is 209 meters high (690 ft) and has 58 floors of 2,000 m2 each. It is capped by a terrace on the 59th floor with a magnificent view of Paris. It , also, count with a shopping center of 5 floors located between the tower and rue de Rennes ; the basement has an excellent underground parking space. Right off my street Rue de Départs you go into the Montparnasse rive gauche shopping center, info here in French: Montparnasse rive gauche shopping center

The above is great shopping not to mention plenty of cinemas, museums, gardens all around this historical area wonderful walks all day. On the other side of the above on Rue de l’Arrivée you have more stores not to mention those inside the Gare Montparnasse. The whole area was undergoing new design the Maine Montparnasse area ,stay tune.

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Some observation , the best times are between opening 9h30 and before lunch or mornings to see clear, the most romantic times are just before closing by 22h-23h (10-11 pm). Try to avoid the Friday afternoons evenings as for happy hour on the tower it is very popular especially if coming with family.

As I sometime been on it, if you are on business or plan business meetings in Paris, try to get a room here for it or convince your company to hold it here, the views are superb ,very private, and great service pros to attend you, the site for that is Espace56  here : Espace56 at Tour Montparnasse

The only spaces open to the public are floor 56 and the terrace at floor 59. In the 56 floor there is a wonderful restaurant call Ciel de Paris which you entered it by 23 avenue du Maine, of course is good food but the view is better in my opinion; webpage  :   Restaurant Ciel de Paris Montparnasse

The area around has plenty of eateries, and bars, too numerous really as over the years it has been my second home. I have written on them before so just will give the names here.

The area around has plenty of eateries, and bars, too numerous really as over the years it has been my second home. I have written on them before so just will give the names here. For italian and pizzas try Pizza Pino , If you want the original breton crepes then head for Creperie de Josselin, 67 rue du Montparnasse, metro edgar quinet line 6. menus from 10€ and deco a la Breton, very popular its always full. Some exotic try a cigar and mojito ,and salsa at Cubana Cafe, 47 rue Vavin, metro Vavin, line 4. Very reasonable formules are proposed at Millesime 62, 13 place de Catalogne,For ambiance Jazz and great nights of mine for several years ; try Jazz Café Montparnasse (old Le Petit Journal) , 13, rue du Commandant Rene Mouchotte, Café Montparnasse, 8 pl du 18 juin 1940  great selection of beers for a happy hour or just chat with friends, good views of the plaza in front. Also , the well known Bouillon Chartier Montparnasse, at 59 bd de Montparnasse. All across from the train station. And right around the corner you have a wonderful marché Edgar Quinet at Bd Edgar Quinet and 36 rue du Départ

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Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The tourist office of Paris on the tour Montparnasse in English: Tourist office of Paris on Tour Montparnasse

And not to repeat but to reiterate….on the 56th floor, you can enjoy an impressive view of the city, protected by huge windows. In addition to the breathtaking view, you can also learn more about Paris through interactive multimedia installations, or immerse yourself in the city’s past by discovering the exhibition of old photos of Paris. On the 59th floor ,from the top of this observatory, it is possible to enjoy the view without any glass that would spoil the quality of your photos. the Tour Montparnasse Tower has another significant advantage: that of being able to observe the Tour Eiffel Tower from the top of its terrace on the top floor.  And not only that but wonderful views of the  Champs-de-Mars, Montmartre afar and its Sacré-Coeur,  Louvre museum, and the wonderful cupola or Dôme des Invalides, and the still memorable Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the jardin du Luxembourg, and the towers of la Défense business district with its Arche de la Défense. A visit that is a must and recommended.

And on the same program by the city of Paris, by 2024, the Tour Montparnasse promises to become lighter, greener, more open to Parisians and less energy-hungry. Stay tune.

Hope you enjoy the tour oh well, yes and do see the Tour Montparnasse a wonderful place to be in Paris. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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