Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Paris, the City of Lights

We had just returned yesterday from cold and snowy Paris, very fortunate that our flight was not cancelled when most of Europe is now under siege by snow. This is a reminder to myself not to make travel plans in winter again. But despite all these challenging weather conditions, we did have fun freezing ourselves going sightseeing in the snow-covered attractions of Paris. Having read Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, it was kind of exciting to see in real life the places featured in the book.

But first and foremost, the icon of Paris that never fails to attract tourists from the world over; the Eiffel Tower. We took the metro to Trocadero station to get a faraway view of the tower. The place was full of tourists and peddlers were trying to sell Eiffel Tower souvenirs at every corner that we turned to. The tower looked quite small from where we were. I had to zoom in to get a bigger snapshot of the tower.

And more zoom.

Then we took the metro to Bir-Hakeim station to get to the tower itself. As we walked along the pathways, we could see the tower from behind the shops. It was a fantastic view to see the tower peeking from behind those shops.

And then we got nearer.

And nearer.

And before we knew it, we were standing right beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The feeling is indescribable :-)

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