The river Seine divides this grandly-scaled part of Paris, featuring the imposing 18th century buildings of Les Invalides and the Art Nouveau Avenues surrounding the Eiffel Tower.
In fact, two of Paris's most impressive thoroughfares dominate the neighborhood to the north of the Seine: the ultra chic Champs Elysees, and the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. St. Honoré is where you'll find the well-guarded Palais de l'Elysee. It's hard to believe this classy part of Paris was once a village (Chaillot), albeit a posh one, absorbed into the city in the 19th century. Not surprisingly, many of its opulent Second Empire mansions are now embassies or multi-national corporate headquarters.
Palais de Chaillot and Trocadero:
This immense Palais was built for the international exhibition of 1937 and is now home to four very different museums; among them are areas devoted to French monuments, the history of cinema, ethnology, anthropology and human biology, and to marine and naval history.
The complex also contains the Cinematheque repertory cinema and the huge Theatre National de Chaillot.
The fountains and statues in the Trocadero gardens below line up with the Eiffel Tower across the river and together form a gorgeous panorama when impressively lit up at night.
Musee des Monuments: phone 01 44 05 39 10. Open Mon, Wed-Sun 10am-6pm.
Musee de la Marine: phone 45 53 31 70. Open same days and hours.
Musee de l'Homme: phone 44 05 72 72. Open Mon, Wed-Sun 9.45am-5pm.
Musee du Cinema Henri Langlois: Phone 01 45 53 74 39 Open Wed-Fri 10am-5pm; guided tours only, every hour.
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