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We went downstairs this morning to see the dining room table covered in food. The Europeans really like breakfast. Five kinds of bread (croissants, baguette, muffins, pound cake, little eclairs) cereal, fruit, yogurt, sliced meats, hard boiled eggs (still warm), dried apricots, orange juice, grapefruit juice, and coffee were displayed on an 8 foot …
... down was definitely a lot easier than going up!
After a quick cafe breakfast across from the Notre Dame - had the best hot chocolat - we went across the square in front (Place du Parvis Notre Dame) to the archeological crypts which lay beneath. These revealed the layers of 'Ile de La Cites' history from the Gallo Roman town of Lutetia - a bunch of rock remnants really but you could see the walls & rooms of days gone; there were computer ...
... and her ashes put in the river Seine. Then I just took a walk around and enjoyed the day. I eventually made my way back to the Luxembourg Gardens where there happened to be a concert going on - a small orchestra from Lyon was playing under a gazebo like structure. It was wonderful to sit and listen to the music with others enjoying the day.
As I was walking back to my hotel, I noticed all the traffic and the streets that were blocked ...
Today's plan is to see the Eiffel Tower...the sun was shining making it a perfect day.
We headed off to the Eiffel Tower first, as we didn't have pre booked tickets. The queue at 10:30 am wasn't that bad. Now the decision - go to the top of just the second level? Draz was definitely not going to the top - Isla was a bit iffy...
The second level was pretty high up anyway, too high for Draz and ...
... nice to look at.
One thing we have noticed though, all the older tall
buildings in Paris taper slightly. This is based on an ancient Greek
principal. When Greeks built their temples, they always built the columns
sloping in slightly. This creates an impression of grace, space and light and uplifts
the individual. If walls are built straight up, the eye tends to see them as