Monday, May 12, 2014

    La Tour Eiffel ( or: Our last Day in Paris )

    We planned our last day carefully as we wanted to keep the boys out late and not wear
    them down running about the city and walking vast kilometers, as we are wont to do.

    We carefully packed up our little apartment and the boys watched "Ratatouille" on DVD. 
    We don't take restful holidays, so this felt a little odd.  But our eye was on the prize -
    the afternoon and evening at the Eiffel Tower!

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    At last the hour did fall and we set off out into the late afternoon for our last walk
    around the city.

    We browsed street stalls and breathed in the atmosphere as we made our way to the
    batobus ( rivertaxi ) to take us to our destination.

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    As to be expected, the lines were huge and one of the lifts was out of order.
    We've been up before and to be honest, the boys didn't care .. after a quiet day,
    they were content to run around on the grass underneath and play tiggy.

    Neither AB or I wanted to contend with meltdowns or demands for piggybacks climbing a tower.
    We try to keep our vacations full of good memories, not of tantrums.

    See also: not silly :p

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    So we just chilled on the grass along with everybody else. 
    People watching..

    Enterprising young men would come by with cold champagne in their backpacks,
    bought from some local boozer for €5 and would sell them for €20. 

    To be honest, it was a good little earner, and although we declined, we wished them well :)

    After the kids had got grass stains all over themselves and we got bored of sitting,
    we moved on to the carousel.

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    The kids were having a blast :)

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    Eventually it started to get darker.  It was a beautiful balmy evening -
    it really couldn't have been more perfect for our last night.

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    As it got darker, brides started arriving on the scene to be photographed with the
    Eiffel backgroup, or to be photographed riding on the carousel.  Some had hired
    professional photographers, but one couple I watched, although dressed beautifully,
    seemed to be capturing their wedding day on his smartphone? 

    Which of course meant he really wasn't in the pictures. 
    They both seemed very happy though, and who knows, maybe it was a fashion/
    photography assignment for Uni .. but still, it amused me a little :)

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    All good things must come to an end, however, and by now the boys were getting tired.

    We started walking back to the train station and admired the moon and the tower
    by night - so very gorgeous:

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    And then we went home to bed, full of mixed emotion.
    We had the countryside ahead of us, but such an amazing time in the city we were leaving behind.
    We'd done so much!  We'd done so little!

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    Goodnight Paris! x

    More Paris/France posts from our holiday here:
    i-phone montage
    The Arts et Métiers Train Station
    Les Marchés de la France
    The Cafe de la Prominade
    Our Paris Apartment
    Les Averries :: Our Country House in France
    Paris Daily

    I Heart Versailles


    Fairlie said...

    What a fabulous last night! And, as usual, stunningly fabulous pics! I'm very envious of your talent. :)

    Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART said...

    Your photography is simply stunning. So pretty!

    h+b said...

    thanks ladies! :D

    Tracey - Life Changing Year said...

    Gorgeous pics. I wish mine of the Eiffel tower were as nice! We did the same thing though our kids are older. Skipped the trip to the top and waited for the lights to come on. Ours had a swim in the fountain too which was pretty great!

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