Ballon de Paris

The “Ballon de Paris” is a hot air balloon located in the Parc André Citroën, near the Seine in southwest Paris. It has sensors for monitoring pollution but also takes passengers: The balloon goes up to 150m and stays there for a few minutes before going down. The view is quite nice even if it is not centrally located.

Above, landing.

Above, the balloon stays tethered to the ground.

Above, Prefecture d’Ile-de-France on the way up.

Above, Parc André Citroën.

Above, Tour Montparnasse in the background.

Above, skyscrapers of La Défense.

Above, looking north, with the Seine, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Coeur-de-Montmartre.

Above, looking west to the Bois de Boulogne.

Above, looking south to Issy-les-Moulineaux and Boulogne-Billancourt.

Above, Hexagone Balard (offices of the French ministry of defense).

Above, looking down on the Prefecture of Ile-de-France.

Above, going down.

Observatory of Tour Montparnasse

The Tour Montparnasse is a 210-meter office tower in Paris. It was the tallest building in France until 2011. Its roof is open to the public and provides a great view on the city.

Above, the observation deck.

Above, Jardin du Luxembourg, senate, Panthéon, Notre Dame.

Above, Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries.

Above, looking east.

Above, looking south.

Above, Beaugrenelle.

Above, Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars, with La Défense in the background.

Above, Les Invalides.

Above, Concorde.

Above, Montparnasse cemetery in the foreground.

Above, Saint-Sulpice church.

Above, Panthéon.

Above, 56th floor.

Above, view of Tour Montparnasse and Tour CIT.

Tower of Oude Kerk

The Oude Kerk (Old Church) is the oldest building in Amsterdam. It is located in the Red Light District. Its tower can be visited (guided tour only).

Above, temporary Taturo Atzu installation.

Above, Oudekerksplein.

Above, Beurs van Berlage.

Above, the dome of the Round Lutherian Church.

Above, looking towards Centraal Station.

Above, looking up.

“The Garden Which is the Nearest to God” by Taturo Atzu at the Oude Kerk

“The Garden Which is the Nearest to God” is the title of the temporary platform installed by artist Taturo Atzu on the roof of the Oudekerk, in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. It is gone now, but the tower of the church provides a similar view every year from April to September.

Above, view of the platform and the church from the canal.

Above, view of the platform from the tower of Oudekerk.

Above, the stairs to reach the platform.

Above, on the platform.

Above, the tower of Oudekerk.

Above, Centraal Station.

Above, the crane of NDSM.


Above, Oosterdok Island.

Above, Oudekerk from below.