On a sunny July day there is sure to be a long queue to buy tickets to the Eiffel Tower and nobody moves anywhere fast.
If you want to get to the third floor viewing platform quickly the elevator is the way to go. But if you prefer to take your time, you can enjoy the views and the cooling breezes while climbing the 706 steps to the second floor. It may take longer but the achievement will make a great travel story when you’re home again.
And if you’re very lucky the rehearsals for Bastille Day festivities will include a fly past by three jets, just as you exit the tower at the end of the day.
When we arrived in Paris the sky was blue. It was the perfect summer day. By mid-afternoon the clouds were looking ominous and in the early evening a mighty storm passed through. We sheltered in a shop doorway on the Avenue des Champs Élysée – if we had to hide from a storm what a marvellous place to do it. This foreshadowed an amazing week enjoying all things Parisian.
I am fascinated each time I view a city from on high. I like to seek out the well known places we’ve visited and follow the roads we’ve taken. Looking straight down adds another perspective – it’s always much higher up there than it looks from the ground.