|Paris at night - the city
of lights - what a sight! As we drove into Paris, we passed the Bastille
and The Louvre. Next, Jim spotted the Eiffel Tower. On our
way there, we passed the Champs Elysees, anchored at the opposite end by
the Arch de Triumph - like I said, Paris at night is gorgeous! Even
the city streets are brightly lit - Paris is perhaps even more beautiful
at night than in the day - and the day is phenomenal.
We made our way to the Eiffel Tower, brightly illuminated, viewing it from the opposite bank of the River Seine. It was nearly 11 PM. (Three countries and two capitals in under six hours.) There were a glorious group of buildings on a hill. In my best (but not very good) French, I asked a gentleman walking with his wife what they were - he smiled and responded in English. We chatted for a few minutes and then he took our picture with the Eiffel Tower - perhaps one of the most famous sites in the world. (This was the picture of Jim and I on the first page on this web site.)
We must have driven around for at least another hour. If you ever get to Paris, you must see it at night. Finally, we headed down the Champs Elysees, towards Versailles.
Unfortunately, we were unable to find an open hotel. At least the ones we found had locked their doors sometime earlier that evening. That night, we stayed at the Hotel Mondeo.
To the right is the Eiffel
Tower at sunset. Below left is the Champ de Mars with the Ecole Militaire
(Military Academy) at the end of the park. To the bottom right are
the night lights along the river Seine.
I did not have my 35mm camera
The photos on this page are courtesy of Don Klosterman