Yep… we are official tourists after today and can check numerous Paris sights off our list. The morning started early with a workout. We’re both a bit disappointed with the gym at our hotel, but then again who the heck works out while on vacation in Paris? ;) It makes us feel a little better about all the wine, croissants and Cantal cheese we are consuming.
First up on today’s agenda was the Eiffel Tower. As we were walking to the Tower we were having a discussion about why Paris is considered the most romantic city in the world. We still haven’t come to a conclusion about it. We definitely love the city, but haven’t quite felt the romanticism of it in particular. I mean, we’re in love so there’s always that.
Anyway, we stopped to snap a few photos with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop then proceeded to walk up to it. The line to take the elevator to the top was unreasonably long so we decided to take the stairs up to the 2nd floor of the Tower (it was about a 10 minute walk up the stairs – we started regretting our earlier gym visit about 5 minutes in). We learned a lot of history about the Tower and it’s architect, Gustave
Eiffel. To put the massiveness of this tower into perspective – it’s a little smaller than the Empire StateBuilding in NY. After huffing and puffing up the Tower we rewarded ourselves by having lunch in the Tower58 restaurant.
We then headed over to see the Arc de Triomphe, which is an Arc dedicated to the fallen soldiers during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. We snapped a photo and that was that.
After that we headed back to the hotel to put on some warmer clothes and return to the Eiffel Tower where we took a boat tour on the Seine River. This was my favorite part of the day by far. We boarded the boat right in front of the lit up Eiffel Tower and it started flashing like it was sparkling. The photos don’t do it justice but we definitely got a sense of the romanticism of the Tower after that moment. The tour was very informative and enjoyable – we saw Notre Dame, the Concorde, and the Louvre, among other sites.
Dinner was right outside of Notre Dame where they have a bunch of restaurants and bars off the beaten path. Getting to dinner was quite an excursion as we got lost after departing the metro and couldn’t find the exit anywhere. After quite a few twists and turns we had a little victory photo with the exit sign. The night finished quite late with an after dinner drink at a place called Hippopotamus. It was so late in fact that as we went to hop on the Metro we discovered it was closed! Oops. At least we got to experience a French Taxi ride
More pictures the day below.
Bonne nuit Paris!