While visiting our son in London late last month, we figured — why not take the train over to Paris? Jacob had already gone to France, and since he had classes that he couldn't miss, it gave John, Hannah and I something to do for a couple of days.
Without a lot of time, we chose to visit Paris's major tourist attractions. First stop: The Eiffel Tower. Having only seen it in pictures, I found it even more lovely in person.
We decided to forgo the line for the elevator and take the stairs . . . all 704 of them! Once we reached the top, we were treated to spectacular views of the city and beyond.
I was very impressed with The Paris Metro — quick, clean, and easy!
The Arc de Triomphe is a symbol of the French nation. It links old and new Paris.
Of course, a visit to Musée du Louvre would not be complete without viewing dear old Mona Lisa. Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait from the 1500s is smaller than I expected, measuring just 30 inches high.
That's Paris in a nutshell. I loved every minute of it!