Day two of our trip to Paris started with a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Seeing it from far away the night before was amazing but up close it’s truly breathtaking. It seems to go on forever. That’s something you really don’t understand when looking at photos. After a quick stop for coffee, we made our way up the tower-thank goodness for the lift! I highly recommend pre-booking your tickets. We did this so that we had a specific arrival time. This saved us HOURS. The line to get in was insanely long. The view was stunning. If you are afraid of heights then this definitely isn’t for you. Make sure you bundle up if you are visiting during the winter time. It gets colder the higher you go due the wind.
My husband loved that we could see a soccer game going on from the Eiffel Tower. So cool!
I have a really funny story about the photo below. When we finished our tour of the tower, I noticed many people standing around taking photos of the ground. I didn’t understand why until I hit the selfie button. My husband got a really good laugh at me! The visitors weren’t taking photos of the ground. They were taking photos of the inside of the Eiffel Tower. Thank goodness I didn’t ask someone about this or I would have been embarrassed. ha!
After our tour we decided to purchase tickets for the double decker hop-on hop-off bus. Great idea! This gave us a chance to see even more of the city and to give our legs a rest from all of the walking we had been doing.
While walking around, we witnessed a proposal! It was so romantic. I snapped a few photos of their moment for them. I eventually approached them, introduced myself, and emailed them the photos. My husband called me creepy but they were so appreciative. In an email to me they said they were grateful their future children would have this to look back on. I’d love to share the photos but I think that is meant to be just for them.
Notre-Dame de Paris is a must visit. It’s a medieval Catholic cathedral that is among the largest and best-known church buildings in the world. It has quite the history with construction beginning in 1163 during the reign of Louis VII. Make sure you visit as the sun is going down. The lights around the church are so beautiful at night.
After visiting the Cathedral, we got back on the bus where we ended up passing a red carpet event. My husband immediately rolled his eyes as he knew exactly what I was thinking. We hopped off the bus at the next stop and made our way through the crowd. I was determined to find out what was going on. It turned out it was the premiere of the movie The Post also known as The Pentagon Papers with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep! So, of course we had to wait and see if we could get a glimpse of two of the biggest stars in the world. It’s funny because I worked in the Entertainment business for many many years as a talent agent. I have met some pretty major celebrities and I’ve never really been a ‘fan girl’. This was different. I think it had more to do with the experience vs who we were waiting to see. The crowd was really pumped and snapped photos of every car that drove up and every person who walked the carpet. There were cameras and security everywhere. It was exciting-for me anyway. We did see Tom, Meryl, AND Steven Spielberg. It wasn’t really that big of a deal but it was fun to say we did it. They got out of the cars, walked the red carpet, and then it was over. However, we can now share the story of how we came upon a movie premiere in Paris. Of course, after this, I owed my poor husband a beer (or 3).
Each day in Paris was special in it’s own way but day three was REALLY amazing. We had dinner in the Eiffel Tower and danced the night away at Le Caveau de la Huchette. To be continued…