Eiffel Tower & Montramarte







Our last day in Paris was spent going from the lowest points to the highest points of the city. We visited the Eiffel Tower and it truly was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Of course, I knew exactly what it would look like and I've seen hundreds and hundreds of pictures of it in my lifetime, but being in their person was so exciting. It's even bigger than I could have imagined and it was such a shock when I saw it for the first time- I literally let an audible gasp. We took a lovely walk from our apartment to the tower. It was really exciting to slowly get closer and closer. We didn't need a map, we just said, "Ok, we gotta go that way!" because we could see it EVERYWHERE.

We took a picnic and sat on the grounds near the tower for a few hours. The people watching was fabulous and it was really neat to just study the tower and how incredibly big it is. Wish we made more crazy things like this these days!

After the Eiffel Tower, we took the metro up to the tippy top of the city at Sacre Couer. What a walk! Luckily we took lots of breaks as we headed up. There were lots of cute little shops to wander through. And of course my patient Greg let me admire them all.

By the time we got to the top, we were a bit perturbed with all the vendors trying to sell us things at Sacre Couer. They were quite aggressive. They would get in your face and try to sell you something, so much so that it was difficult to even walk around them. It's crazy that even when you're in such a beautiful place, little things like that can really turn you off. But we fought through the crowds and got to see the most amazing views of Paris!

We slowly walked home, knowing it was probably our last day in Paris for the rest of our life. We were mostly quiet, tired from a long day, and both really intrigued by all the people. Our walk was through the less touristy parts of town, so it felt like we were getting a better vantage point of Parisian life. We walked past several bakeries, but one caught my eye and we walked up in search of a raspberry eclair. We didn't find what we were looking for, but they had just taken the baguettes out of the oven. So we bought one for practically pennies. We were planning to save it for dinner, that we were going to make when we got home, but it was so warm and inviting. It was just calling to me. It's like that quote, "The mountains are calling and I must go." But in this case, it was, "The baguette is warm and fresh and perfect, and you must eat it now."

I took a bite. It was perfection. Crusty shell, perfect, soft, warm inside. It was delicious. We shared it as we walked. I tried to just keep it in my backpack, but it was so good, I couldn't not eat it. Finally, I stopped and said, "Greg. I need a picture with this baguette. I'm pretty sure this moment has been my favorite one from our whole Paris stay."

As we kept walking, we talked about it. The views were amazing, the desserts were amazing, the architecture, the bridges, the water, the language. But mostly it was dirty and smelly and crowded. But having a quiet street to ourselves with that delicious bread made it all worth it.

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