So following our time in Tours, we spent the last three days of our trip in Paris. It was a quick train ride up, but when we got there it decided to by drizzly outside. Not cool, Paris, not cool. We walked from our hotel to the Arc de Triomphe, but we decided to hold out for a sunnier day to go to the top. Rain just does not make for a good view. So then we walked down the Champs Elysees (which was longer than I remembered) to Place de la Concorde. We also bought an umbrella on the way. It was flimsy and no help at all if there was even so much as a breeze, but merely having it helped improve the weather.
|A Dreary Arc de Triomphe|
|Place de la Concorde, complete with real Egyptian obelisk|
However, as with people, it's what's on the inside that counts.
|The main room|
|The grand chandelier in the actual theater|
|I'm going to label this a small ballroom|
|View from the front balcony|
|Part of the grand staircase|
Gorgeous! I love the Palais Garnier. 'Modern' architecture just doesn't have this kind of charm and elegance.
After that we met one of my mom's old high school friends for a drink. It was one of those small-world things that you just can't resist. We went and grabbed dinner at a nearby cafe afterward and then on the way home we ran into one of my must-see sights: the Eiffel Tower at night.
|The Eiffel Tower|
|The Sparkly Eiffel Tower|