Archives For Paris Sights

There’s a neat new feature in Apple’s MAPS app under iOS – Flyover. It’s available for several major cities, but of course I think the Paris one is the neatest.

Open Maps on the iPhone or iPad and search for Paris. Under the city name you’ll see a line saying “3D Flyover Tour of Paris.” Press “Start” to the right and enjoy. The screenshots I’ve posted below will give you an idea of what to expect.

I enjoyed watching as the (virtual) overhead camera took me from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Seine islands, the Grand Palais and the Arc de Triomphe. It’s virtual reality with the emphasis on real, other than the missing throngs around the glass pyramid at the Louvre and the chaotic traffic bustling around Place Charles de Gaulle.

It’s a nice way to spend a few minutes.

H/t to OSX Daily

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THE STAIRWELLS and elevators of Paris apartment buildings are notoriously cramped, so the city’s movers have developed their own conveyor system to get furniture out through a window. This one, just off the busy Rue Froidevaux in the Montparnasse district, is just across the street from Montparnasse Cemetery, final resting place for many artists and publishers, as well as policemen and firefighters killed in the line of duty and not a few foreigners.

A mover's conveyor near Montparnasse Cemetery

A mover’s conveyor near Montparnasse Cemetery

Montparnasse is one of the most interesting cemeteries in Paris (which has many).

Montparnasse Cemetery wall along Rue Froidevaux

The rear wall of Montparnasse Cemetery along Rue Froidevaux. In the foreground is a station for the popular Vélib rental bicycles. Photos by John Pearce

Links worth visiting

See the City of Paris’s web site (English):

Some tourist reviews are here (Tripadvisor):

The Treasures of Montparnasse Cemetery (UntappedCities.com).

From AViewOnCities.com.