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I spoke a bit too soon in my last post about my Sunday being uneventful.  Shortly after posting I got a call from my French friend Antoine, inviting me over to see the view from the roof deck above his new apartment, in Saint-Germaine-des-Près, in the 7ème.  He has free access to it when the owners are away, so this might have been the only chance I’d have to see it.  I snagged the bottle of champagne that Lisa and Ali had brought the first night, then headed for the métro.

The roof deck affords a 360° panorama of the Paris skyline, including nearly all of the most famous monuments, obstructed only by two nondescript modern buildings in the middle distance.  And the excellent champagne further enhanced our appreciation of the unique place and charming moment.

Antoine on his roof deck

Antoine on his roof deck

Bob on Antoine's Roof Deck

Bob on Antoine’s Roof Deck

Antoine was kind enough to narrate a video panorama, which you might enjoy even though it’s hand-held and quite  wobbly:  Paris Panorama

After sunset most of the monuments are illuminated, affording another lovely perspective on a lovely city.

The Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides from Antoine's Roof Deck

The Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides from Antoine’s Roof Deck

As one says here, pas mal !