Here are still more photos from the top of the Tour Montparnasse. If you read this blog often, you'll get tired of hearing me introduce the photos every day. Remember, though, that some other reader might just drop into the blog through a Google search and not have seen earlier posts.
The tightest shot is the one above. As you can see, restoration and renovation work is going on and is hidden by huge decorative tarps. There must be scaffolding behind them. The U.S. Embassy is just barely visible on the left. In the middle of the place is an obelisk that was given to the French king Charles X as a gift by Egypt nearly 200 years ago.
The scariest part of the Place de la Concorde for Americans is driving around it. There are almost no lanes marked on the pavements, and cars, trucks, and buses seem to fly around the place in a wild free-for-all. Actually there are rules for the traffic flow. The main one is priorité à droite — you are expected to yield to vehicles on your right. And there are traffic lights all around the place.
In this last photo, you can see the U.S. Embassy building on the far left, the Hôtel de Crillon in the middle (being restored and renovated by new Saudi Arabian owners, evidently), and the colonnade of the (identical) Ministère de la Marine building farther to the right. In this view, you can see the long narrow buildings that are the Galerie du Jeu de Paume (farther back) and the Musée de l'Orangerie (more in the foreground). Both are in the Jardin des Tuileries, which is part of the Louvre complex. The Eglise de la Madeleine is on the upper right, linked to the Place de la Concorde by the Rue Royale.