On to Paris
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From Lucerne we traveled across the Swiss border near Basle and enjoyed a comfortable ride on the modern highways skirting the vineyards of Burgundy and Fontainebleau Forest towards Paris. The trip down out of the mountains was quite quick and we were into the low foothills and rolling plains of France for much of the day.
The tagging as you come into Paris is horrible. Once into Paris proper there is less but it is still quite noticable. Our hotel, Mercure Paris Porte De, is the worst hotel of all on the tour. I don't know how they manage to get a decent rating for tours.
Our evening was one of the most special nights of the trip.
After that fine meal we were bused to see the lights of Paris at night. It was truely a sight to behold. But the cap of the evening was at the Eiffel Tower. Paris was in the running to host the Olympics for 2012 and so they had cleaned up and painted and done everything they could to show their finest side. Well, the Eiffel tower had been rigged with thousands of flashing lights from the bottom, all the way to the tip top. It was spectacular! Unfortunately, I had yet to learn how to take good pictures at night, so no good shots of that.
That was a late night and we didn't get back to the hotel until nearly midnight.