Paris vs. London…What say you? (Part 1)

I ran across an infographic entitled “Reasons Why Paris is Better Than London” and it set me to thinking about my own impressions of these two cities…

Paris or London…I would be hard pressed to definitively choose a favorite!  That is primarily because—in my humble opinion—these two magnificent cities are polar opposites and, as such, make any preference of one over the other completely impossible.  I visited Paris first…and immediately fell in love with its vibrance…its beauty…its charm.  It was almost like stepping into a movie—or an enthralling book.   A little over a week later I traveled to London and—you guessed it—fell in love all over again!  Though much more fast-paced than Paris, it retains an old-world, Dickens-esque charm that is offset by the very modern hustle and bustle.  So…rather than attempting to choose a “favorite” between two of the most captivating cities in Europe and setting myself up for instant, abysmal failure, I will instead compare a few of the famous landmarks.

Eiffel Tower and London Eye

The Eiffel Tower vs. The London Eye

Both are iconic attractions, instantly recognizable on their respective cityscapes.  The Eiffel Tower literally “towers” over most buildings in the world at 1,063 feet tall.  The London Eye—though imposing it its own right—seems rather short in comparison at a mere 443 feet high.

  • To me, the Eiffel Tower is the quintessential symbol of Paris!  When I dreamed of visiting Paris, it was a vision of climbing to the top of the tower that was uppermost in my mind.  The structure itself is grand, magnificent, awe-inspiring…whether viewed from the ground or experienced from within.   (Because it is so popular with tourists from around the globe, you should plan to book your tickets well in advance of your visit.)  There are three floors that comprise the visitor areas of the tower—not counting ground level.  On the first level you can step out onto a transparent deck and look down 187 feet to the ground; the second level offers a glassed-in, circular view over Paris.  You can reach these two levels via a glass-paneled lift (elevator, for you Americans), which offers incredible views, or you can choose to climb the stairs.  The third level is comprised of an open-air area as well as an enclosed area—both providing spectacular views of Paris. Definitely—in my opinion—a “must-see” in Paris!  (For more info, visit the official web site at http://www.toureiffel.paris/.)
  • I still consider The Eye to be London’s “new” attraction. Roughly 111 years “younger” than its Parisian counterpart, this colossal observation wheel is located on the South bank of the Thames River.  Also known as the Millennium Wheel, it makes one complete rotation every half hour, offering outstanding aerial views of London.  You can take a ride every day of the week—morning, afternoon, or night.  We chose an evening time slot and the only real downside was the setting sun, which created a glare in many of my photos as it reflected off of the glass capsule. For that reason alone, I would recommend choosing either midday or night if your interest is photographic.  The thirty-two passenger capsules can hold up to twenty-five people each.  While not crowded, per se, it makes for pretty close quarters.  For more info, visit the official web site at https://www.londoneye.com/Experience/.)
View from the Eiffel Tower (left) and the London Eye (right)

View from the Eiffel Tower (left) and the London Eye (right)

My pick:  The Eiffel Tower…hands down.

Check back tomorrow for my comparison of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Notre Dame

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2 thoughts on “Paris vs. London…What say you? (Part 1)

  1. Wow…hate to hear that your Paris experience was less than ideal. What happened? (if you don’t mind sharing) We had a fabulous time and I look forward to returning as I didn’t get to see everything that I wanted to.
    Thanks…glad you are enjoying these posts. 🙂

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