From our hotel in the St. Germain district, we caught a cab over to the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is easily one of the most crowded places that we visited. Similar to our Milan experience with the Last Supper tickets, the Eiffel Tower tickets sold out on the day that we wanted more than 5 months in advance. I’d hoped for a sunset trip up, but was happy to find any that worked. We were able to get tickets by purchasing a front of the line tour. It was more expensive but it saved us a huge amount of time. Everyone with regular tickets still had to wait in lines that went on farther than I could see. Even with our front of the line passes, it still took 45 minutes to get to the top due to the masses of people on the elevators! We held our bags tight as we watched videos the whole time about pick pocketers in the area. I consider us so incredibly lucky that we were able to still have our experience. Only two weeks after we were there, the Eiffel Tower shut down due to protests over the intense & aggressive crime rates in the area, leaving many visitors simply out of luck!
The crowded trip to the top of the Eiffel tower was totally worth it once we arrived at the top! The views were incredible! We celebrated with a glass of Alain Ducasse champagne.
From the Eiffel Tower we walked over to the Arc de Triomphe and climbed the many stairs to the top. I wish I’d gotten a photo to show you the stairs, but you can see them in the video below. I thought they’d never end! The stairs twisted around and around and around so many times that it became comical. Ben and I laughed more than half of the way up the stairs. Every time you thought you were there, another twist would appear!
From the Arc de Triomphe, we walked the glitzy Champs Elysee. We peeked inside the flagship high end stores, but really enjoyed the unique car showrooms. Getting to see the Puegot showroom was especially fun because we don’t have anything like it in the US!