We enjoyed our last Irish breakfast at our hotel before making our way to Victoria Station for our EuroStar ride to Paris!
We were seated with a lovely older couple from San Diego. Both of them had been to Paris many times so they had so much to share with us. The husband was particularly fond of chocolate and recommended a few places to get some.
I dozed on and off throughout the trip – but caught glimpses of the English countryside, the Chunnel and the French countryside. Before we knew it we were at Gare Du Nord, then jumped on the metro to take us to our hotel.
Within 5 minutes of being on the Metro we encountered some performers – these were the first of many on our trip, but they may have been the best haha.
We checked into the Etoile Trocadéro and went up to drop off our luggage. I think the elevator was the smallest I’ve ever been in..just me and my luggage haha. The room was pretty tiny and in need of a little TLC but wasn’t too bad.
The location was awesome so it made up for it. We were about a block away from the Trocadéro – which meant a hop, skip and a jump away from the Eiffel Tower. And it was really close to multiple metro stops.
The bathroom was by far the most interesting part. The entire thing was covered in wall to wall tile – I am assuming this was to account for the fact that there was no shower curtain. And the shower head was all hand held…needless to say the bathroom covered in water after my first shower haha.
But we can’t forget the best blow dryer ever! Well, “best” if you don’t mind it taking 30 minutes for your hair to dry or smelling like someone blew smoke into it. I honestly wouldn’t have even bothered with it if it wasn’t freezing outside. The last thing I wanted was to catch pneumonia on my vacation ;)
We grabbed our umbrella and faced the rain to get a late lunch before heading to the Eiffel Tower. I ordered a big bowl of onion soup (well, French onion soup, but I feel weird calling it that since I was IN France haha). It was quite delicious and warmed me right up.
Now I was ready to see the Eiffel Tower!
The line to get in was actually really short, but once we passed the security checkpoint the weather took a turn for the worst. It started hailing on us! It hailed for about 10-15 minutes right up until we got to the first elevator. I think the crappy weather worked in our favor a little since the crowds weren’t too awful.
When we got to the first floor we headed straight for the line to the top floor. They had the most ridiculous announcements about pickpockets (something along the lines of “Pickpockets are activated”) so that kept us amused as we tried to stay warm during out wait.
The view from the top was completely amazing. I got a little teary eyed – I couldn’t believe I was actually standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower! It was everything I had always dreamed about.
After a quick walk around we went to the snack counter and ordered a couple cups of vin chaud (hot mulled wine). We managed to find an unoccupied bench and sipped our drinks while gazing out the window.
Once we warmed up a little we went out and snapped a few more photos. The rain had magically stopped the whole time we were on the tower – talk about incredible timing. Not only that, but we also got to see the most amazing rainbow over all of Paris. It was nothing short of breathtaking.
We walked around a little, snapping more pictures and taking the the views. This rainy cloudy day turned out to work in our favor – the sky was gorgeous!
We (eventually) took the elevator back down to the second floor and walked around a little to get a few more pictures.
Once we got to the bottom we took a few more pictures – it really is such a cool monument! Just as amazing as I’ve always imagined it.
Lance took this photo of me where I look like a giant in front of Tower haha. I think you can tell I was pretty excited to be in Paris, standing in front of the Eiffel Tower..
The sunset Eiffel Tower pictures are probably some of my favorites from the whole trip. Lance practically had to drag me away for dinner ;)
I didn’t have a food stops picked out for Paris so we just picked one from the Frommers guide. We ended up at Chartier.
We ended up waiting for about 40 minutes to get in and the place was packed. We ended up sharing a table with this older French couple. I greeted them with a “bonjour” when we sat down and the man started speaking to me in French – yikes! I had to politely tell him (in my not so good French) that we didn’t speak French and that we were American. That 1 year of high school French already came in handy.
Interpreting the menu was a tad challenging, so I ordered whatever I could read haha. I ended up with duck and potatoes and Lance had pasta.
We also split a small bottle of rosé – however after taking only one sip I spilled my glass on the table next to us. In my defense, there was an uneven edge and I had accidentally set my glass on it. Luckily they were very nice and didn’t seem to mind at all. Regardless, I was mortified.
After dinner we headed back to the hotel for some much needed sleep after a day of traveling!