Nearly everyone who has seen movies or pictures of Paris knows that there is an expansive grassy park like area in front of the Eiffel Tower, but under the Tower is also a great place to relax, or if you have kids let them run. We spent a ton of time people-watching and letting my one year old run the gravel area which is surrounded by benches. This is also where the gypsies like to hang out though. I was told that they are famous for mugging people, however, in all of the time I was there I never noticed anything other than them selling trinkets. The area is also fairly well policed. In the gravel, out in the grass, or walking on the nearby garden paths, this is a great place to relax, and almost feel like you are not even in a city.