Warning: long, waffling post 🙂
We took the fast train to Paris on the weekend. Zurich to Paris in four hours. Incredible. This board on the train kept us up to date about how fast we were travelling. 320km/hr at one stage. Again, incredible. We were in 2nd class and it was really comfortable. I am a fan.
We arrived just after lunchtime, checked into our hotel, and headed straight to the Eiffel Tower. I have to say the weather made hard work of it. Rain, wind and cold. And a lot of people….
But none of that can take away the beauty of the Eiffel Tower. It is really breath-taking. It is so much bigger than you imagine. It makes your heart skip a beat. I have seen it before but still felt the excitement of watching it come into view. Claudia was beside herself.
We decided to climb the stairs to the second level (the lines were shorter than for the lift but still took us over an hour). We climbed 300 steps to the first level. And then 760 to the second level. In the rain, wind and cold. Despite the weather, most people were in a pretty good mood. Except the women who wanted to look cute in their high heels….. Really. Wear joggers.
Paris is massive. From up high you start to get a sense of just how big it is. Over nine million people. Surprisingly it is really easy to get around and feels much smaller because of the super-efficient Metro.
We took the elevator from the second floor to the top. There was over an hour wait to get in. We were cold, exhausted and wind blown by the time we got out at the top. I would do it again in a heartbeat.