French Chocolates at Bedime!
Trip Start May 22, 2011
13Trip End Jun 03, 2011
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After a quick return to the hotel (and the movie set!) to get sweaters because the weather turned a bit chilly, Madison and I jumped on another Metro to the Eiffel Tower. Her eyes lit up as she saw it for the first time up close! I had purchased e-tickets before we left home so we did not have to stand in line and were able to go straight to the elevator. Once on top you can walk all around, much like the Empire State Building. And on one side it was very blustery cold, with the wind whipping around you. Back on the not-so-windy side, Madison just gazed out at the city, dreaming of her return trip here. As you look out at the city it is very noticeable how all the buildings are made of the same color of limestone ~ a pale white, and they all have varying details of the same French architecture.
After finally descending from Tour Eiffel, we had dinner at a sidewalk café, and then jumped onto the Metro again, this time heading to the Champs Elysses. When you walk up to street level from the subway, you are literally at the Arc de Triomphe, another photographic monument. We had already planned to walk the entire length of the Champs Elysses back to our hotel
Speaking of special treated groups, we've noticed there is a large influx of Islamic influence here in Paris. A second Louvre is being built in Abu Dahbi, and next year there will be an "Islamic Art" exhibit. The growing number of Islamic people is very noticeable. Come on, Frenchies, where is your backbone??? Didn't you acquire one in 1945? I'm sensing a de ja vu, except it's not with Germans this time.
Since we were unsuccessful at finding a glace’ (French ice cream) shop, we returned to our hotel (and movie scene still in progress) and decided to enjoy some of the French chocolates we purchased earlier. Oh, how I wish I could bring a case full back, but they wouldn’t make it past two days!