Yesterday was the final day I spent with Christine and Shaun. We met at Père Lachaise in the morning and walked around a bit. Then we went to the catacombs, which we didn’t have time to see. Then we went to find a market by my apartment, which was no longer open. With 2 disappointments in a row we decided to have coffee and strategize! We ended up splitting up for a few hours and decided to meet at the Eiffel Tower at 8:30 that evening, they went to Notre Dame and I went home watched cartoons and decided that I was going to walk to the tower. Now, if you look at a map of Paris, I am about as far away from the Eiffel Tower as one can be and still be in the city proper. So I gave myself 2 hours to walk the 5ish miles and take pictures along the way. Here are some of them.
This is the Pont de l’Archevêché behind Notre Dame. It is covered by “Locks of Love,” which are thousands of padlocks with couples’ names on them. Very sweet, I think. This is half of the bridge. Behind the camera are the same number.
Here we have the National Assembly building and Invalides.
Finally I made it to the Eiffel Tower and met with Christine and Shaun. We went up to the ticket counter and were told that the elevator to the upper level was closed. When we asked why, she got on the phone and informed us that it was now open. YAY! So we bought our tickets and went in. So the way the Eiffel Tower works is that there are 3 “floors” (I would call them levels). On the way up, by elevator, you bypass the first floor and head to the second. From there, you wait in line for a good bot for the elevator to the third “floor,” which is the very top. Luckily, on the second “floor” there are excellent views.
The left hand picture above shows the dome of Invalides and the one on the Right is Sacre Coeur in the background.
The picture on the left is the grassy area in front of the Tower and the one on the right is the view to the third “floor” from where we were standing.
Finally, we made it to the top of the tower. We went up at the perfect time. It was dusk so there was enough light that we were able to see the buildings from the second “floor” but by the time we got to the top it was dark so we could see the city lit up (except Sacre Coeur, for whatever reason). Here are the pictures from the top floor ending with a couple of the tower lit up from the ground. It was lovely.
The left is the lit up Arc de Triumph and the right in the middle is the lit up Notre Dame.
Yesterday: 8ish miles
Total: 56.5 miles