Friday, 17 November 2017
Looking outside the weather is not very promising, it is raining! However, the plan was, and is, to go to Paris, so we get our umbrellas and walk to the nearest station where we, according to Bénédicte, can catch the train to most of the stops in Paris. For us this is Champ de Mars, closest to the Eiffel Tower.
This is a whole new ball game for us: obtaining tickets from a vending machine, finding the right train and platform, etc., but we get there. As the machine offers a 'round trip' to Paris, consisting of two tickets, we go for that, so we know we will make our way back from the same station in Paris! Yeah, right! Like that works. But I will get to that story later.
We get on the train. The correct one, I may add. :-) And when we get off at Champ de Mars we walk to the Eiffel Tower. I had been telling Patricia about how I never made it to any other levels than ground level, because there was always something going on when I was in Paris. Next thing we see this great fenced off area round the tower, and I think: "Here we go again!" However, it wasn't as bad as it seemed. A large area has been fenced off, but an equally large area is set aside for security, because, as we now know, all the major tourist attractions nowadays are secured. Very unfortunate, but it's a sign of the times we live in.
|My first thought: There we go. |
That's all we get to see of the Eiffel Tower.... ;-)
Further down we look up and are so impressed (again!). It makes Patricia take her first selfie!!! ;-)
Of course, I couldn't stay behind and took mine as well:
After we had our fun we bought tickets to go up to the second floor. We've seen enough stairs to last us a lifetime (and there are even more to come) so we took the easy way out with the lift.
Once there we took our pictures of the sights all around. The weather wasn't optimal, but we didn't care.
|Pont d'Iéna and Place du Trocadéro|
|Champ de Mars|
|Champ de Mars|
|Looking down from the inner walkway|
|Impressive. All of its 324m.|
It's been my fourth or fifth visit to Paris, and I like to do a few things that I have never been able to do before. 'Climbing' la Tour Eiffel was one of them and a boat tour on the river Seine is the next. Frank never really wanted to do a boat trip, but Patricia does, so here we go. We walk to the Bateaux Mouches ticket office and buy tickets for the next boat. As it will be a little while we walk along the Seine till it's time and take some more pictures. As you do! ;-)
|Le Pont Alexandre III|
|Five years ago Frank, Wim, Gerrie and I walked here and took similar photos.|
|Every big city 'needs' to have an Eye I believe....|
|Part of the Musée du Louvre|
|La Tour Eiffel again...|
|Enjoying our coffee and watching the world go by....|