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!