I waited this long in line to close my eyes!

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End Sep 20, 2012

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday night, we had dinner and then went on our Seine River cruise.  We left at 9:45pm.  I knew that the Eiffel Tower was lit at night, but only twinkled for 10 mins on each hour.  So I knew that cruise would hit the Tower at the right time.  And it did not disappoint!  IT was incredible to see it sparkle for those minutes while watching it from the water!  Between the bike tour that day and the Eiffel Tower cruise that night, Monday had to have been the highlight of the trip!

But Tuesday, we had hoped to go to a smaller museum, the L'Orangerie, but it was close on Tuesday.  Actually a lot of the museums and even so patisseries are closed on Tuesdays, including the Louvre. Why is that, I wonder?  Ahh, the French!  We went to the Orsay Museum, which had all the French impressionist paintings.  We saw paintings from Gauguin, Renoir, Van Gogh,Cezanne, and Bob was very impressed by all the paintings by Silsy.  Guess it was the name!  The museum was very crowded, with slow moving people admiring the paintings.  And with their headphones listening to the details of the artwork, they just meandered in my way the whole morning.  And they stand in front of famous paintings for minutes, come on, some of us want to see them paintings too, but did not pay the $10 for headphones. 

We had lunch by the Orsay at a cafe and then headed to the Eiffel Tower where we had reservations for the summit at 3pm.  We arrived early and had hoped they would let us ascend early, but we were denied.   So waiting with the masses at the base of the Tower.  I had wondered if it was going to be a waste of time prior to this, and I think my instincts were right!  The reserved and paid for tickets were smart as we did not have to wait in the line to get to the first lift.  But at the second lift, we waited for a half hour or so, and it was cloudy and cool and breezy.  We finally got on the lift to go all the way us.  I was stationed next to the glass door on the lift up, lucky me, and was forced to close my eyes the slow journey up.  I hate heights, you know!  Once we arrived at the summit, Bob went to the outside observatory  -- not for me with the height issue  -   and I got in line for the descent!!!  We waited for another half hour to get down, when the lift arrived and some English people pushed and crammed into the car! 

We did a little more shopping, stopped at a cafe for happy hour and returned to our hotel for a final wine and cheese from the 6th floor balcony.  Tomorrow, we take the 10am Thalys train back to Brussels.  We are not looking forward to it, as Brussels did not look that great when we flew in and trained out!
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Mom and Dad on

Looks like you both are having a great time!!-Have you made reservations to go back to to Paris in the future. You missed Romney killing himself with his big mouth. All poles show Obama pulling away.Thanks for card and pictyre of Patrick.

Chris Christie on

Those baguettes look delicious. I'd like a few with a few pounds of cheeses melted on top. When you said descent from the Tower I thought you said dessert - dessert at the Tower?! Who am I kidding, I prefer my fast food. I prefer chick-fil-a: American, Christian, and greasy.

Patti Walsh on

Well you are more brave than I - Steve could not get me on the elevator so he went alone at Eiffel Tower. It is best seen at night, don't you think?? We also went to Museum D'Orsay and did enjoy it but with Steve, you do the quick turn around a very large museum...keep moving..keep moving...keep moving - no culture in him!!!! Have fun in Belguim - that is where Ozzie comes from!!

Megan on

Love the pictures - especially of you both individually! Looks like you're getting better weather than DC - flash flood and tornado warnings!

maryellenandbob on

Love the comments. We have kept the color comnentary PG as not ot offend anyone's sensabilites. We survivied the Tower ordeal and am glad to see all the comments in the blog. The french are very much for re-electing the President...we walked into an American Dinner at 1000 this evenng and I had a milk shake name for our president, with the view of a Hope and Change poster on the wall. It's amazing who much the French keep track of American politics.

We have spent many minutes trying to figure out who Paul Ryan & Chirs Cristie is. We know who the original Mitt Romey is, but wonder on the others. All in All we are happy to have friends and family keep us in their thoughts and keep us updated on the election back home!

Really, the comments alone have made the blog fun for us! Keep it up!!!

Jim and Maria on

B & M, you both look great, and I we do thank you for letting us ride along via the blog. I am assuming M is writing most, as there are very few spelling adventures. When you get back home, look for the white chairs on the lawns of a few of the right-leaning neighbors....a tribute to the Eastwood speech I guess. I'll take a pic and post it on Facebook. Maybe a national trend will have its' roots in humble Chantilly. Keep smiling and blogging....

Hood Rat on

Lot's of stuff happening in NE, DC! I'll fill you in when you return. Love seeing the facebook and instagram pics! Especially the one about the Obama shake. I have a feeling I would love that place.
Miss you guys! Hope you have a great last day abroad. You'll come back all European, very "chi-chi darling".

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