Paris – City of Lights

On Wednesday, we flew to Paris as our students got a few days for a Spring Break.  We took a plane out of Pisa which is a 90 minute train ride to the east of Florence.  The train goes right to the airport, so it is very convenient.  Maria and I haven’t driven a car in six weeks!  The discount airline, EasyJet, flies out of Pisa so it is much cheaper to fly from there. 

And we didn’t see the Leaning Tower of Pisa – although we looked for it from the train and from the plane!  We are scheduled to go to Pisa with our Mount students on March 19th, so we’ll wait to see it then!

We stayed in a small hotel in Paris that was a couple of blocks from the Eiffel Tower.  Maria did an excellent job picking it!  It was our first visit to Paris – although I have watched the final day of the Tour de France for more than a decade!  So it felt very familiar!  What a beautiful city!

We got in late in the afternoon, so we decided to stay close to our hotel and walk to the Eiffel Tower.  We waited until it got dark to go up to the top, so we looked for a place to eat.  Nothing opened until 7pm, so we walked around for a while looking at menus and taking in the city.  We finally decided on a wonderful Chinese restaurant!  Yes, Paris for Chinese food – I highly recommend it!  (We tried french cuisine on Thursday!)  Thomas actually talked in his sleep Wednesday night about the chinese chicken salad he got as a first course….it was that good!

It was a beautiful night in Paris!  Although it was cold and a little windy, we braved the trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower.  Maria and Thomas were pretty nervous as the elevator got higher and higher and the objects on the ground got smaller and smaller!  When you get to the top, you are in a room enclosed by glass.  So it is not too scary.  It was actually quite beautiful – I’ve included some pictures below.   However, you can go to an upstairs level that is outside.  And although you are completely enclosed by a fence, the wind really was strong and it was a little scary up there!

Every hour, the Eiffel Tower sparkles for about five minutes.  It is really beautiful.  In my second-ever You Tube post, I share with you the sparkling Eiffel Tower (it starts sparkling in about seven seconds). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw_zGXoYuuc

The Eiffel Tower at night:

The sparkling Eiffel Tower:

The City of Lights!  The River Seine and the Louvre from the top of the Eiffel Tower:

Maria, Nicholas, and Thomas at the top of the Eiffel Tower:

More Eiffel Tower sparkle:

Close up look at the Eiffel Tower at night:

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2 Responses to “Paris – City of Lights”

  1. Mom Says:

    Neat pictures! Brings back memories…. The last time we were in Paris the days were overcast so the trip to the top of the tower was not worth the wait. You did not mention crowds – no crowds?
    M

  2. einolf Says:

    There were no crowds! We essentially walked right up to the Eiffel Tower and got in line for the elevator to the top. It wasn’t empty – the elevator was packed with people the whole way up and down. We didn’t have to wait more than 10 minutes for each elevator. Ironically, there was a tour group of students from Italy with us most of the time. So there was more Italian spoken while we were in the Eiffel Tower than French!

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