For some b-roll (alternate footage of the city), we visited La Basilique du Sacr� Coeur de Montmartre, a beautiful Roman-Byzantine-style church built in 1875. If you need the exercise (and we did), walk up the steps. If you don't want to, or have health problems, take a funicular (1.40�). The views from the church entrance are amazing, but the best are from the dome 200 meters (656 feet) above sea level. It's the second highest point in Paris (after the Eiffel Tower), and costs only 5 euros. For a bird's-eye view, climb the 290 steps to the top (at a normal pace it takes only eight minutes). The panoramic views of Paris are so worth it. Don't worry � it's not claustrophobic. Little windows provide light, and traffic goes only one way. La Basilique du Sacr� Coeur de Montmartre.
For first-timers, no visit to Paris is complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. I've been up there so many times that I chose to hang back with my brother and Edison (one of our cameramen), and relax at a sidewalk caf�. However, Jeff (the director) and Ben (another cameraman) went to the top. The Eiffel Tower has three stages; each has a different fee. The first stage is 57 meters high (189 feet), and costs 4.20 �. The second, 115 meters (377 feet) high, costs 7.70�. The top is 324 meters (1,063 feet), but the viewing platform is at 276 meters (905 feet). The first and second stages can be accessed by the same elevator, or by stairs, but the third requires a separate elevator located on the second floor, at a cost of 11 �. If you walk up (which is allowed only to the first and second stages), the wait is much quicker, and the price cheaper (3.80 �). Tour Eiffel, Champ de Mars, 75007 Paris.