Our second day in Paris was all I could ask for it to be.
We started out day with a bus sight seeing tour of the city. Here we passed by many sites, including the Arc De Triomphe. I wish I had the chance to get out and take in the Arc De Triomphe. Yet, that is what you give up in a European trip such as this. The faster you see the world, the less you see of each place.
We then past by the Place de la Concorde. There was crates set up around the fountain. While it slightly obstructed the view, it also added to a level of intrigue. It seemed that they were setting up for the Tour De France.
We the drove past Madeleine Church as well as Les Invalides. I took a blurry photo. Luckily we were able to stop and see Les Invalides up close. We saw many interesting things during our drive through Paris. I’m not sure what everything was, yet we are in Paris. The specifics of every site does not matter.
Our first time getting off the bus that day was to see Les Invalides. The building is full of so much history and stands in draw dropping beauty.
We got out and stopped at the Eiffel Tower. This was the moment I have been waiting for my entire life, the moment that solidified my first trip to Europe. The Eiffel Tower was much larger and much more impressive than I anticipated.
We were now on foot in Paris. We were in the Beaubourg district. There were a lot of vintage stores here. We also wandered into quite a few boutiques. My tour guide suggested a department store to go into, which he said was cheap. On the contrary, it was very expensive. Apparently we have a different idea of what cheap is.
Leaving the department store we found ourselves outside Hôtel de Ville, which is Paris’ City Hall. Here there was a series of free concerts, Festival FNAC Live. We stopped for a short while to enjoy the French music.
In the evening, we walked back towards the Eiffel Tower. We started at the Champ de Mars, the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower. The view was amazing. Almost equally beautiful was the people on the lawn: Men selling champagne and wine to couples strolling across the lawn, first time tourists gazing up at the the tower and loved ones gazing into each others eyes.
We were going on a river cruise shortly after our arrival at the Eiffel Tower. We decided to get ice cream during our wait. It was just so amazing to casually enjoy ice cream while looking at one of the greatest structures in the world.
We got on the boat at the perfect time. As soon as we walked on the dock, the tower began flickering and shimmering. It was the most magical thing I have ever seen. The beauty was incredible, it was all I hoped it to be. The city is truly the city of lights. During the cruise on the Seine River, we went under the ‘lovers’ bridge. All the couples on the boat kissed as we went under. Paris is the city of love and I have fallen in love with the city.