Zeppelin offers stunning Paris views
RAW VISION: A Zeppelin takes to the skies above Paris, launching a new way for visitors to view the French capital.PT1M3S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2r88i 620 349 August 5, 2013
Tourists seeking an original way to take in France's famed countryside have a new way to do it - in a helium-filled Zeppelin.
Airship Paris' 76-metre-long, five-storey airship has begun flights over the forests and villages northwest of Paris.
The company says it's received "lots" of reservations for flights for the first commercial airship in the Paris region for 30 years.
A ground crew member waves as a semi-rigid and helium-filled Zeppelin NT departs from a field at an airport outside Cergy-Pointoise, near Paris. Photo: Reuters
The Zeppelin has room for 12 passengers, who can move about the large-windowed cabin during the flight.
On clear days the Eiffel Tower is visible in the distance, while the Seine river and the Chateau de Versailles can also be seen from 300 metres up.