Well I had a wonderful opportunity to go to Paris. A friend of mine had access to an apartment and offered me a chance to stay there. I planned it a year ahead of time but was reluctant to go when the time came around because of my parents being unwell. But who can resist? I marched off to Paris on May 1 with a new friend, Sally Senior. It was to be her first time in Paris. For me it was the third. I stayed in this same apartment in 1979. Then I took my grouchy teenagers to Europe in 2008. It would however be my first trip to the Eiffel Tower.
I will be posting photos. This first batch is the touristiest one: the Eiffel Tower. Bear with me.
To start our touristy tour we fortified ourselves in the shadow of the tower.
Sally had the beer and I the espresso. The waiter almost bit my head off when I asked for warm milk for it! But he also chuckled. I like the light of the beer on the coffee.
We were enjoying the beautiful base of the tower but were hesitant to wait in the amazingly long line to get to the top. It was supposed to be a 2-3 hour wait. Then I realized that we might be up there at sunset so we decided to go ahead.
I liked how this cloud tucked itself under the arch so nicely.
A pigeon and his fine shadow.
I like the tiny tree in the lower left hand corner.
This may be my favorite of this series.
More show-off clouds.
Finally after two hours of waiting we take the old elevator up the curving height of the tower to the first viewing station.
Look at that! I held the moon.
After another wait we took the elevator up to the highest viewing station.
At this level there was a diorama of Mr. Eiffel, his daughter and Thomas Edison - a visitor to Mr. Eiffel's private apartment at the top viewing level.
I like the shadows in the the glass.
The lock is a common souvenir of love left at a lot of sights around Paris. I've also started to see them in NYC on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Speaking of love...do you see this sweet couple? He has just proposed and they are looking at her engagement ring!
The city going to bed...
Arc de Triomphe
Then back to the ground.
The moon keeping up with the electric lights, yet so far away.