We arrived in Paris later in the evening, and instead of rushing out to sightsee, we decided to explore the neighborhood where we were staying. We found a little Arab restaurant, picked up some falafel and shawarma, and headed back to our apartment to make a plan for the following day.
We both agreed the Eiffel Tower had to be our first stop. It’s easily the most recognizable landmark in Paris, drawing in millions of tourists from around the world. So we woke up the next morning, stopped at a café for a coffee and croissant and were on our way.
The Eiffel Tower is as majestic as you’d imagine it to be. I first spotted the tip, peering above a line of trees, and it validated for me that I was definitely in Paris. We finally turned a corner, and there she was in full glory, rising above the city. I could have stared at her for hours.
Below the Eiffel Tower lies the Champ de Mars, a large public green space. We joined the other visitors, lounging in the grass, taking in the view. Luckily it was a beautiful day, perfect for relaxing in the sun. I loved watching other people as they took touristy pictures, conducted impromptu picnics and enjoyed the Paris scenery. As we were lying in the grass, a street performer nearby started playing his accordion, and it all felt oh so French.
After an hour or so, we walked northwest toward the Eiffel Tower to take it in up close. It’s a unique structure, one of both elegant beauty and magnificent strength. We made our way under, and then crossed the Pont d’Iéna bridge over the Seine river to see it from the Esplanade du Trocadéro. No matter which angle you view, the tower is stunning. I loved that during our time in Paris, I always caught glimpses of her from different places in the city.
Up next: Some of the churches we visited in Paris.