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Eiffel Tower - Champs-Elysées

Trocadero

Swinging Trocadéro

From the Eiffel Tower to Trocadéro, you just have to cross the River (for example, take the Iéna Bridge – Pont d'Iéna). What is called the Trocadéro is in fact the Chaillot Palace – replacing the Trocadéro Palace since 1937. The Palace dominates the Chaillot Hill, also called “Museums' Hill”. In its “Paris wing”, you'll find the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (The Architecture and Heritage Museum). It was launched in 2007, and includes the Musée des Monuments français (French Monuments' Museum), where to discover plaster scale models of the most beautiful French monuments.

You could also visit Chaillot for an evening performance: the Théâtre national de Chaillot (Chaillot National Theatre), which will be turned into a Ballet institution in 2009, welcomes big names: discover the fancy choreographies of Philippe Decouflé, or the imaginative pas de deux of Angelin Prejlocaj.
Between the two wings of the Palace, the Esplanade des Droits de l'Homme (Human Rights Esplanade) regularly plays host to humanitarian events (organized by NGO's against cluster landmines or to support hostages). It was the main meeting point for supporters of French-Colombian citizen Ingrid Bétancourt while she was imprisoned in the jungle by the FARC-EP. When no demonstration is happening, young (and older) kids gather for skateboarding with style: your little ones will love their show!

From the Gardens, you'll have acces to Cinéaqua . This complex offers giant fish tanks and a movie theatre, the Movieum, dedicated to French cinema. Don't miss the aquariums: they will allow you to discover fishes of all seas. The fish tanks are enormous and designed so that you can see the marine life from any angle. The sharks' tank is wonderfully impressive and will surely delight your kids. For a full experience, enjoy a lunch or a dinner at the inside restaurant Ozu: raw fish from your eyes to your plate!

Take avenue du Président-Wilson from Trocadéro square. It will lead you to the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (Modern Art Museum). If you're into cutting-edge creation, check the infamous Palais de Tokyo. This unconventional art centre offers an eclectic programme mixing exhibitions, performances and talks. Thus, until July 2010, the restaurant Nomiya invests the roofs of thePalais de Tokyo: A project that combines cuisine and design, led byLaurent Grasso, sculptor and video artist, in collaboration witharchitect Pascal Grasso.

The Palais de Tokyo also offers a trendy restaurant, Tokyo Eat. If you like the restaurant, you may also like to visit the neaby Costes K Hotel – it was designed by Ricardo Bofill and it's a good place to show off.

In the immediate vicinity, you may want to visit the Musée national des Arts Asiatiques, (Asian Arts Museum) also called Musée Guimet, which has been refurbished recently. The Musée Galliera (Paris Fashion Museum) is nearby. It is rarely opened but when it is, it welcomes magnificent displays.

Architecture Patrimoine

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