Paris: the Visual Feast
November 29, 2009
We came into Paris at night. Our cab driver was incredibly friendly and took us through some of the visual feast that is Paris at night. The Galeries Lafayette, a multi-storied, bunch of shops (I think), are decorated like stained glass windows with lights. I took this picture from the taxi!
It was so amazing and of course, I didn’t know what we were looking at
yet. Paris really is the City of Lights.
We got to our little hotel and found we had a
peek-a-boo view of the top of the Eiffel Tower so we watched the light show. There is a special light show in honor of the anniversary of the tower. Every hour on the hour, the tower
sparkles for 10 minutes. Starting at 8 p.m. there is an extended light show
involving the entire tower. It changes colors, sparkles, there are patterns of lights that run up and down the stairwells and the tower itself with huge search lights rotating at the top. What luck we were there to see this.
When we woke up, we got to see just how much of the tower is visible from our room. We also got to see that there are armed police and the military watching it from roof tops and around it, too.
We learned that a good way to get around is to hook up with one of the double decker tour buses. You buy a ticket that lasts for two days with on and off privileges. Then you can get to the major sights and if you’re tired, you can just ride the tour bus circuit. They give you free ear buds so you can plug into the bus and hear the guided tour complete with classical music.
So we went to the Eiffel Tower, our major transpo hub, every day.
I have always wanted to go to the Louvre and that’s what we did the first day. More on the Louvre later!