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Paris: The Eiffel Tower

December 10, 2017

Paris: The Eiffel Tower

I’m finally getting around to posting about my trip to Europe from September/October. I took SO many photos, and had SO many amazing experiences that it felt overwhelming to narrow them down to just the highlights, so I decided to break it down and do a blog post per landmark. I could probably do a post just about crepes, or just about champagne, but I’ll spare you.

The first time I went to Paris, I somehow missed going to the Trocadero. I’m really not sure how that happened, because it’s one of the best places to snap a photo with the full tower. This time around, I was really

I was in Paris during the Las Vegas shooting on October 1st. It was a really surreal experience, having your hometown attacked, and being in a different country in a different timezone. The Eiffel Tower lights were dimmed one of the nights we were there to commemorate the shooting victims of Vegas, and it made home feel a lot closer. This photo was from earlier that night, when the lights were bright and sparkly and perfect.

The first time I went to Paris, I was more or less dragged to the top level, which was honestly one of the most terrifying experiences ever. I HATE heights, and I vividly recall clinging to the railing with one hand, my mom with another, white knuckling it the entire time I was up there. This time around, I only went up to the first floor, which was MUCH more manageable.

The reason we went to the first floor was actually to have dinner at the 55 Tour Eiffel restaurant. This was a bucket list item of mine, and I was really excited to be able to dine there. The food is definitely underwhelming, with very small portions and not a ton of food options. But you’re not really there for the food, you’re there for the view, and the 4 glasses of wine and 2 glasses of champagne that made the heights MUCH less scary.

The Eiffel tower really is part of what makes Paris magical. Paris is plenty magical on its own, but it’s always special to have something tall and iconic (like the Space Needle or the Stratosphere) in the skyline to mark where you’re at.

Until next time, Paris.


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