We started the day off today at a leisurely pace. We had a long “must see” list for London, but the list for Paris is much shorter. We decided to stroll at a leisure pace, checking out the sights and taking in another wonderful day. Walking for hours outdoors is not something you can do in the summer in Houston, so we are making the most of it.
We started off walking in and around Notre Dame Cathedral, after finding what a local told us was “the best” ice cream stand. I don’t know what it is about Notre Dame, but I find it breathtaking. I could spend all day there, from exploring the inside to strolling in the parks around the walls. I am completely enamoured by the gargoyles and I’m looking forward to the climb to the top of the towers to see them up close. Being a Sunday, there were a lot of crowds today – hopefully tomorrow morning will be better.
Years ago, I visited Paris. I was on a super tight budget, so we walked the steps to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, but didn’t spend the big bucks for the elevator to the top. We also didn’t spend the money to go to the top of Notre Dame.
Times have changed. I’m not even sure if you can just walk to the top now – all the kiosks I saw today were for the elevator only. Mike had promised me a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but didn’t bother to mention that he has a pretty strong fear of heights. We made it all the way to the top though, along with exploring the first and second levels too. AMAZING. Absolutely beautiful. Fabulous. Tres bon!
Then the sun set, and we got to see the tower with all the lights on, including the twinkling sparkling lights that make it look like glittery diamonds. I couldn’t capture those on film, so I made a movie using my camera of them. No matter how many photos I take, nothing can truly and completely capture the beauty of the Eiffel Tower though. I must have taken 100 photos at least, and I want to return to take more. I know it is a simple grasp at a memory though, but a memory I never want to forget.