Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day 5 (April 7): Paris

two Americans in Paris
After a lovely Parisian-style breakfast we took the Metro to the Arc de Triomphe.  Just pictures outside this time -- no need for a hike up some more stairs.

Then a walk down the Champs-Elysees with a detour into the Grand Palais.  We ended our morning's walk at the Place de la Concorde.   Back to the hotel for a rest and a late lunch/early dinner...  and then out again to the Tour Eiffel!

it's really very huge... and is painted brown
The lines we're soooo long for the lift (only one was working) so we walked up -- no biggie really.  It's only 704 steps.   Good thing we'd skipped the trek up the Arc.

such a cool experience
We stayed up there until dark and then came down, walked across the river, and sat with a bunch of other people listening to a street musician and watching the light show until late.  It was just a really cool time and I felt so genuinely touristic in a really good way.