Our first stop was the airport where we picked up Brigette's boyfriend, Austin. Then we checked into our hotel (so nice!) and then drove into the city. Traffic was AWFUL and it took us almost three hours to get to the heart of the city, but we were very excited when the Eiffel Tower suddenly came into view. We eventually found a place to park and made our way to the park around the tower.
After a few pictures and some fun people watching, we decided to get dinner and found a cute cafe a few blocks away.
Now come on people, what kind of Paris trip would be complete without trying escargot?
Which actually turned out to be pretty darn good. I was worried about slimey-ness and texture, but it wasn't an issue at all. It was kind of weird to have to dig it out of the shell though...
After dinner we went back to the Eiffel Tower and got in line to go up to the top. We waited. And waited. And waited. And people started getting out of line. And then more people left. And finally when we were right near the front of the line because so many people had given up, an official came out and told us that the tower was closed because they had found an abandoned backpack and had declared it a bomb threat. It would probably be a couple of hours before it was clear to send people back up. Boo.
So instead we took a few more pictures and then strolled up the Seine River. It was a beautiful night and the city was gorgeous all lit up.
Our last stop for the night was Notre Dame. Now usually you would go during the day and the stained glass would be all lit up, but we went at night. The halls were shadowy and dark, and it was so hauntingly beautiful and kind of creepy all at the same time. And I loved it.
After we walked around inside we walked around the entire perimeter. If you ever go, make sure you walk around to the back side of the cathedral (I think it's even more beautiful than the front).
Also, the famous "Love Lock" bridge is behind the cathedral. I didn't know it was there, otherwise I would have brought a lock, but I may have slipped a bobby pin in there somewhere just for kicks and giggles. Can you think of a better way to symbolize your eternal love than with a bobby pin?
Before getting back in the car we stopped for some crepes de citron (crepes with yummy lemon sauce) and then it was back to the hotel. What a beautiful day in Paris!
Pear-eee holds the key to your heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeart!