Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What we {loved} about Paris... Part Two

More Paris for you guys.  (I swear that by the time these posts are over, you're going to be sick of Paris... :))  We're continuing on with our {We loved} and {We didn't love} list.  I wanted to save this one for last, but I just couldn't wait. :)

{We loved} the Eiffel Tower.

Nothing screams Paris louder than the Eiffel Tower.  I just couldn't get enough.  I literally squealed the first time I saw it peeking through the skyline.  We managed to wait until the second day to go see it up close, with the thought that we'd also ride up to the top and get pictures from that perspective, as well.


Just breathtaking. 


There was something about standing there, in front of one of the most famous monuments in the world, that made me feel so incredibly small. 



I snagged this shot while standing on top of a moving double-decker tour bus, and it ended up being one of my favorites.  (We decided to take a bus tour of the city like I had done in London and loved it.  Even though we nearly froze to death...)

{We didn't love} the fact that the line was RIDICULOUSLY long to ride up the elevators to the top.  So we didn't.  Two days later, we got up at the crack of down and made it to the ticket line 30 minutes before the elevators started running so that we could be first in line.  But then it started raining.  And we had no umbrella.  And it was 35 degrees outside.

  We toughed it out for about twenty minutes, and even managed to have a little fun.

But then the rain really started coming down and we couldn't take it anymore, so we dashed for cover under the nearest building, losing our place in line.  While we stood there for about 5 or 10 minutes, trying to come up with a plan for getting to a cafe without getting soaked, the rain pretty much quit, and we felt like idiots.  So we decided to go ahead and go up and got back in line.  I whined and complained the whole time.

But then we made it up to the top (the VERY top), and all my frustration disappeared.


I took this picture with a zoom lens, so it's a little misleading.  We were way up there. 


And then I crossed off one of the things at the top of my metaphorical bucket list:

Kiss the love of my life at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Magical, y'all.  I wouldn't have traded that moment for anything in the world.

We also took a riverboat tour on the Seine river (which runs through the heart of Paris) on a different night.  After the tour was over, we grabbed dinner at a riverside restaurant with a direct view of the Eiffel Tower as the sun went down.  If it's possible, the tower was even more beautiful at night.


At the top of every hour, the lights started twinkling, and it was so incredibly gorgeous.

So there are about a billion more pictures of the Eiffel Tower than you probably ever cared to see, but I'll treasure them forever.  


Colleen said...

could not agree more with the prettiness of the Eiffel Tower at night. it's such a gorgeous scene. We also did the boat ride down the seine. I loved that too!

Emily said...

Love love love all these pictures! Esp you guys kissing at the top, so perfect! What's your Instagram name? I'd love to follow you! I'm ylimedonaldson.

Emily said...

Nevermind, I click on your IG link in the post and found you!

Elizabeth said...

Ah! You should have told the workers that you were pregnant! They would have let you skip all the lines! :(

Joy said...

Love it! Especially that view from the very top! I know you would have never forgiven yourself if you didn't make it to the top to get that kiss! Or maybe that would have led to another Paris trip! =)

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