The best thing about this trip is the people. Not just the new people, but the ‘old’ people you haven’t seen in years.
The Eiffel Tower is the quintessential landmark in Paris. You CAN’T come here and not see it. People would think you are crazy.
Combine those two elements and you get:
My trip to the Eiffel Tower was spent with Tracy, a person I had not seen since we went to college together waaaaay back when. Thru the magic of the Internet we reconnected and it just so happens that Tracy is working on her degree and doing a semester abroad. She just got here LAST WEEK. Isn’t that convenient? So I contacted Tracy and we made plans to go see the Eiffel Tower at night.
Every hour after sundown the whole tower lights up and there are huge lights beams that project out from the tower’s top, almost like a light house beacon, or the Star Wars Death Star. It can be seen from miles around, and I actually saw it first from the Basilica when taking the Montmarte tour with Phillip..
We went straight to the top of the tower and while one side of the open deck tower is serene with no wind, the other side feels like you’ve stepped into tropical storm winds. Tracy and I had a hard time taking pictures. Tracy’s career as a brain surgeon is not going to fly since she could not keep her hands steady! At least I got one good shot of her…
After the tower we went to a local cafe and shared a crepe. A crepe is a thin pancake, similar to the injera of Ethiopia.
Before she dug into it, she realized that I take pictures of everything and stopped herself before destroying this French culinary masterpiece. All I remember was that it had ice cream, coconut and chocolate.
Thanks Tracy for making this part of my trip that much more fun!