the night came and went, and before our eyes was the sun soaring through the sky. and we, the 100+ Rotary exchange students, still occupied France. it was a sad day in our lives. we all knew it in our minds, but would not speak a word about leaving. we had our breakfast, packed our things and loaded the bus. we said our good byes to the hotel, and got on the bus.
(for this part, imagine a fireside chat. (the fireside chat setting- me, in a big comfy chair next to a roaring fire with a mantel piece strewn with random items, and filled book shelves in the background.) (oh and i'm probably drinking something out of a wine glass))
hi. i'm Mr. Exchange Student. and the mood that i just set in that last paragraph was dull, sad, not optimistic. well, i hope you don't take that seriously, because it was joke. thank you for your time reading this nonsense that i decided to put into this blog.
we were on our way to spend a good portion of our last day with the Eiffel Tower!
we approached the complex the same as we did the night before. they again gave us the "don't do stupid things" lecture. then, we were free to go as we please. first thing i obviously wanted to do, was to climb to the top of the Tower. i went with other people who had the same state of mind as i did. thankfully we had one of the two french exchange students with us. instead of spending 45 min to an hour in line, we asked one of the security guys where a better entrance would be. and we got a great answer. he told us to go to the south gate i think. when you are underneath, which is very cool by the way, and you are looking to the park beyond, it is the far left pillar. i'm still not sure. but we only waited 20 min in line, and the ticket was in the vicinity of 15 euros. i will next show pictures instead of describing the way up in words.
|Making our way toward the Tower|
|View from the bottom up|
|The way to the top, and yes|
that man is plastic
|View from inside the elevator|
|They definitely used Google Translate|
|We have that much left|
after our roundabout tour, we boarded another elevator that brought us the the third floor!
|TO THE TOP|
it was even better than the second floor! (more pictures!!!)
|I give you, the city of Paris|
|A loooooooong way|
down (river side)
|Even more Pairs|
|A loooooooong way down|
|It keeps going, and going, and going|
|If you look really closely, you|
can see the statue of liberty
after we reached ground level, we made our way to the park where we were going to meet the rest of our group.
|Shot from the park (one of my best)|
when we all grouped back together, we went on our way toward Notre Dame.
(next post. i would like to incorporate Notre Dame with this post, but its too late, and i want to post this one now.)
here is one of my favorite pictures i took from the top.
|Telescope lens Notre Dame shot. Oh yeah, that|
just went down
(to be continued..................)