Day 8: A Tower Called Eiffel.

Today we head to Paris (again). We woke up, packed, showered, and ate. This time our train ride was not so panicked. We got our seats and rode soundly to Paris. In Paris we met up with Madame Pion’s daughter, dropped our bags off, and made a plan for our time in Paris.

We wandered into some square that we couldn’t even see on the map.

It’s strange how easy it was for us to navigate through London but not through Paris. On the way to Basilique du Sacre Coeur (a huge cathedral) we wandered into some square that we couldn’t even see on the map. There we discovered the “I Love You” Wall (not sure if that is a real thing), which is a wall covered with the phrase “I love you” in all different languages. We finally found our way to the Cathedral which over looked the city! Next we followed the canal through the city till we came to a huge park. The park surrounded a lake and had an overlook that showed more of the city.

At one point in the day we walked passed some young men who proceeded to yell that they loved the U.K. When we told them we were from the States they suddenly loved them too (funny how that works huh). We chatted with them a bit (don’t worry we were careful) and as we said our goodbyes they asked to buy us a drink (we declined). There were more young men who would holler at us and try to talk to us (most we ignored). It was frustrating not being able to understand them (with some it may have been better that we didn’t) and have more of a conversation with them.

I don’t know what you expect will happen when you see something you’ve only ever dreamed you would see.

My first time riding the metro was over to see the Eiffel Tower (don’t hear that every day). We arrived as the sun was lowering in the sky. We stayed and watched the sunset then saw it light up after dark (we took a ton of pictures!). I don’t know what you expect will happen when you see something you’ve only ever dreamed you would see. Are you supposed to jump up and scream with joy? Does your tummy get butterflies like when riding a roller coaster? Do angels start singing and the royal symphony start playing while a light from heaven shines all around you? If these are all questions you’ve ever asked I can answer them for you right now. No. None of that happens. At least for Becca and I it didn’t. We saw it and were like “Oh, cool the Eiffel Tower (no biggie!), it looks different than in pictures.”

Behind on time, we rushed over to Tour Montparnasse (some tall building) and rode to the very top to see the city at night. We rode the metro home and ate bread and cheese outside Justine’s apartment.


The “I Love You” Wall.
Basilique du Sacre Coeur.
The view from the Cathedral.
Our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.
The Canal.
The view from the park. That far away building is the cathedral we were at earlier in the day.
The Dome des Invalides. Which is part of the Hotel des Invalides (The Residence of the Invalids)
The Eiffel Tower.




The Eiffel Tower from the top of Tour Montparnasse.



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