If you go to Paris, you almost have to visit the iconic building that is used to symbolize not just the city, but the country of France. For the big tourist attractions, such as The Eiffel Tower, I highly recommend purchasing tour guide tickets well ahead of time. I used Viator to look up events and tickets. With a tour guide for the Eiffel Tower, you get around the crowd and head right on up.
May 23, 2017
We started our day with the most amazing pastries and, of course, caffe. My pastry was a flaky, delicate, almond thing. It just kind of melts in your mouth. I wish I had taken a picture of what it is called. I still fondly think of this pastry. Gabriel had an eclair and something that seemed to be a doughnut cupcake.
Gabriel had injured himself the day before. Which I am sure will surprise anyone who knows him. He is allergic to band aids, so we usually use gauze and medical tape for his wounds. We stopped at the pharmacy on our way to the metro to see about getting tape and gauze. We tried to explain to the cashier what we were looking for and she was very confused. She also seemed slightly offended. In the end, she found an amazing solution for Gabriel. It is a sort of band aid spray called Urgo. It was exactly what he needed. I also figured out why the cashier seemed a little offended. The word “tape” is a little different in French.
Our transit to the Eiffel Tower was a double-decker. I thought this was pretty neat. The seats were very comfortable and it was mostly empty.
We arrived a few hours early for our tour, so we decided to explore a little. We walked across the river and wandered around an area that had some pretty little shady parks and seemed to be the home to foreign embassies.
I can not express how hard it was for me to get up these stairs. But I did it.
I find Paris graffiti beautiful.
Athena in a park.
We had a snack at the Paris Museum of Modern Art. The outside eating area was beautiful.
This was right next to the Museum of Modern Art. I believe it was part of the Palais de Tokyo.
Chichis. Which are sort of like churros.
Now we are back at the Tower. We are waiting outside for our tour (not realizing the tour starts about two blocks away). While we were waiting, some scammers tried to engage us. We pretended not to understand, but they would not leave us alone. I found out after we walked away (when I realized our meeting spot was elsewhere) that someone had attempted to get into my backpack. I had tied up it pretty good and am glad that I did so.
This is our very kind and sweet guide.
The lifts are almost like a really crowded, slow roller coaster.
When we got to the second level, the guide gave us a brief history on the Tower and explained the different colors the Tower had been. It has been repainted every 7 years. There are discussions going on now about what color the next one will be.
We went around the second level and took a few pictures.
It was incredibly crowded. We went up to the top level and took more pictures. I love the “secret office” of Monsieur Eiffel. The champagne bar was also a fun touch.
The buildings were so small at this height that Paris almost looked like a model of a city.
After our visit to la tour Eiffel, we meandered back towards our hotel. If I recall correctly, our trip back was not nearly as comfortable. It was the end of the work day and all the trains and metros were packed. I almost did not get off at our stop; I was crushed against a pole.
We ended the day eating something amazing and I had my new favorite drink.