Place Du Trocadero│ The Trocadero, site of the Palais de Chaillot (pictured above, source of image), is an area of Paris, France, in the 16th arrondissement, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. This place was named in honour of the Battle of Trocadero, in which the fortified Isla del Trocadero, in southern Spain, was captured by French forces led by the Duc d’Angoulême, son of the future king, Charles X, on August 31, 1823. Today the square is officially named Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, although it is usually simply called the Place du Trocadéro.
We found ourselves here after a morning of great adventure! We started the day off on the L’Open Bus Tour, followed by a walk around the Louvre, through the Jardin des Tuileries, passed the Ponte de la Concorde, along the Champs-Élysées, and then up the Arc de Triomphe. Justin was slowly but surely leading us towards the Eiffel Tower, and although we had caught a quick glimpse of it here, we still hadn’t gotten close enough to it yet.
The palais de Chaillot features two independent wings shaped to form a wide arc, with a wide esplanade which leaves an open view from the place du Trocadéro to the Eiffel Tower and beyond. Below is the view of the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero. Check out this, and some amazing other Paris Panoramic pictures here.
Oh the sweetest memories… It was here, right by the Eiffel Tower that we discovered these 7 Up’s in Mojito flavor. You’ll have to excuse us if this is a well-known flavor “at home”. We have VERY few choices when it comes to brands and variations in China. In fact, the only diet soda is Coke Zero, and that’s if you’re even lucky enough to find the diet version. The two main options are regular Coke and Sprite! As you can imagine, this was therefore pretty darn exciting for us…
French crepes…. every day, everywhere!
I loved watching this African lady – she reminded me of the friendly mamas in South Africa.
We were momentarily side-tracked by our mock-mojito 7 Up…
And then, all of a sudden, we looked up and realized that the Eiffel Tower was down below!
I’ll have to get back to this later, because “The Eiffel Tower” definitely deserves it’s own blog post. I should, however, mention one thing – just in case you are currently in Paris, or planning on going to Paris in the near future. Below, This (source of image) is what the view of the Eiffel Tower should look like from Place du Trocadero. However the area is currently under massive construction and a lot this view is blocked off.
I did a quick search online and found that this has been the case for quite some time now. This was rather disappointing for us, because I really did imagine a different kind of view of the Eiffel Tower, but that is not currently possible from this side of the tower. More on that in future posts – only on the last night of our epic two month Europe trip did a get my awe-inspiring view of the Eiffel Tower!