Notre Dame, Eifel Tower and Croissants
Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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The Eifel tower was initally built in 1889 as a monument to the World Fair but risked demolition in 1909 due to local dissatisfaction. Thankfully, it has survied for it gives an unbelievable view of all of Paris... a beautiful city by any stretch of the imagination. Major sights such as the Arc can be viewed quite well from this vantage point... but the crowds mean pushing yourself to the front so you can get some decent pics. At 10.00pm, the lights came on and flickered away for 15 minutes just as I was taking my photos which was unbelievable timing for me. I enjoyed admiring this terrific tower but was equally glad to escape the throngs of people once I had accomplished it.
During the day I also visited Notre Dam cathedral on the Seine River which rates up there as being one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals I've visited in Europe. As it turned out, there was a service in place as I visited so I decided to sit in the 4th row and join in in what was a most memorable experience, sitting in a church service at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. The organ playing and female singer was truly amazing.
Staying in a hotel is boring for I've met noone here in Paris (I gave up on the complex and over rated nightlife) but I have still nevertheless enjoyed the space and croissants for breakfast. I eagerly await what should be another Berlin in Barcelona for I'm staying in a 12 bed dorm in Barcelona... it is the only way to travel if alone in Europe for staying in hotels by yourself is terribly boring and lonely. I was starting to feel the effects of being alone again!