When I was planning for our trip to Europe, I gushed to my boyfriend how we should find a time just before sunset to walk up to Eiffel Tower. That way we would get to see the changing color over Paris skyline. My boyfriend couldn’t understand my eagerness. “It’s just an iron tower. What’s so special about it?”
But as it turned out, we had a very special evening at Eiffel Tower.
On our second day in Paris, we took the metro to Champs de Mar and lined up for the hike. We only waited for 15 minutes before it was our turn.
Having spent an entire day in Versailles, I would be lying if I say all those steps were a breeze. But it wasn’t that bad either. Before long, we were on the first level. The view was breathtaking.
Even my previously skeptical boyfriend concurred.
After a short break, we continued up to the second level. By then, the lights below were all lit up. It was such a glorious feeling to be above all the Parisian rooftops.
All of a sudden, we heard people clapping. The tower was glittering for the first time that night. It was very magical!
We strolled across Pont d’Iena to Trocadero for a view of the tower. We found a spot to sit down. There were groups of people like us, just sitting and staring out at the night view, but there were plenty of room and it didn’t feel crowded. Occasionally, a vendor would come over to sell us trinkets, but we brushed them off easily.
At the start of an hour, Eiffel tower glittered again like a Christmas tree.
It was one of those magical moment that made me feel so lucky to be in Paris.
Sacred Coeur and Montmartre
The next evening, we went to Montmartre to see Sacred Coeur. We didn’t realize there was a cable car, so we hiked up freights of stairs to reach the church.
Despite the rain, the view was gorgeous and worth the hike. I actually don’t mind the rain. It makes the view all the more mysterious.
Afterwards, we walked down the stairs to Montmartre for some window-shopping. At a chocolatier, we found an entire Notre Dame made of chocolate! Their macaroons were also delicious to look at.
Arc de Triomphe
From Monmartre, we took the metro to Arc de Triomphe. Here is a picture I took before we hiked up:
The rooftop on Arc de Triomphe was a little crowded. We had to wait a little to see the view, but the skyline looked gorgeous under evening glow. Champs Elysee looked so glamorous with all the lights. We could even see Eiffel Tower from a distance.
Then, we checked out the exhibition which details the history of Arc de Triomphe, and took a closer look of the architecture at the bottom of the Arc. Arc de Triomphe was so much more impressive than what we had seen in picture before!
This is one of my posts for our four days in Paris. For other posts, Please see:
- Glamor and History: Versailles
- Louvre to the Untrained Eyes
- Romantic skyline: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Sacred Coeur
- Last Day in Paris: Museum Hopping
- Vintage Paris: Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel
- Paris to Athens: Our Whirlwind Itineary