Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe

Paris is one of the most wonderful cities on Earth.
It is absolutely breathtaking.
The architecture, the history, the beauty.
It is a very luxurious city, so rich in culture.
It is our new favorite city.

The Eiffel Tower is without a doubt, spectacular.
One of the most recognized, interesting and special landmarks.
It is a must-see for those of you who like to travel.

I recommend buying your tickets online.
We did and bypassed waiting in line for 3 hours.
The first & second levels offer gorgeous views of the city.
And the elevator ride isn't bad at all.
We walked down the ~700 stairs and our legs were wobbly by the end.

There are restaurants, cafes, an ice cream shop.
Boutiques selling overpriced souvenirs.
(Which of course we bought!)
We didn't make it to the third floor this time.
I was sweating & a little nauseous from the height on the 2nd floor.
And the line to the top was crazy long.
But maybe next time.

We started our Parisian tour at the Arc de Triomphe.
It is a gorgeous site to see.
Almost like a gateway to another world.
The carvings and inscriptions are mesmerizing.
An eternal flame burns bright
for the solider that never returned.
It reminded me of Washington D.C.
A memorial to another soldier
in another land.

The Arc stands in the middle of an enormous intersection.
The largest that I have ever seen with
TWELVE different exits.
There are no marked lanes,
so it's sort of like a free for all when driving around it.
We had the pleasure (or misfortune) to
drive inside this crazy circle.
Our exit was number seven.
We made it.


hmb said...

such pretty pics!!

courtney.kempe said...

soo beautiful!!! and i too am asucker for the overpriced souvies!

ALW said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to visit Paris!

Maranda said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us!

Just_Megs said...

AWEsome pics!! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm wicked jealous <3 A-mazing!

Becca said...

So so pretty! It looks like you guys picked a perfect day to visit, it looks gorgeous outside!

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong said...

what an adventure!! your eiffel towers are gorgeous, looks like such fun!

Mimi said...

If anybody wants to enjoy the leisure of paris then Paris hop on hop off bus tour is one of the best.