Sunday, October 31, 2010

Paris: Day Two

Day two began with sleeping in after a long day and a hard time sleeping.  Then, a pleasant surprise: we had gained an hour of sleep thanks to day light savings.  We wandered outside to find a place to eat breakfast and on the way, passed by the Ecole de Militaire and the Eiffel Tower.  Spectacular!  I have about 250 pictures just from today (and a few from yesterday), and I'm pretty sure half of them are of the Eiffel Tower from slightly different angles.

After breakfast, we were off to the Eiffel Tower.  We bought a ticket for a hop on, hop off tour and we were off on a whirl wind tour de Paris.  We didn't hop off the bus this time, and it was a fast paced tour.  Unlike London, Paris streets weren't packed with traffic, so we barely stopped in front of any of the sights.  I took dozens of photos, hoping a few might turn out.  Fortunately, for just 24 euro, we got a pass that is good for two days instead of just one.  So, we'll be hitting the tour again tomorrow and getting off at a few choice locations.  We're hoping too that the lines for the museums might be a little shorter on a Monday morning as opposed to a Sunday afternoon.  Fingers crossed.

Along the tour, we saw, among others: Champ de Mars (we actually walked up this to get to the Eiffel Tower and buy our tour tickets), Ecole Militaire, Musee de L'Armee, Hotel des Invalides, Musee d'Orsay, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Opera, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triumph, and the Grand Palais.  Tomorrow, we're hoping to hit the Louvre, maybe stop at Notre Dame, and see what we can see!

We picked up souvenirs today too; just one less thing to try and squeeze in tomorrow.  Soon, we'll be off to find some wine and dessert to substitute for a real dinner.  Then, the Eiffel Tower at night!  Loving it here.

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