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The light show on the Eiffel Tower!
This morning started with an early breakfast as we prepared to leave for our trip to the Palace of Versailles.  Of course, our tour guide was late and blamed it on the tube (always everyone's excuse!).  Then, she takes us to the subway where she gets lost and also finds out the part we need has been closed since the 15th.  I'd think she'd have researched our route just a little bit... but maybe that's just me.  Took us about 3 hours and a very long train ride to finally get to the Palace.

I have to mention this: Paris smells so AWFUL!  Seriously...  It just smells like sewage everywhere.
Versailles
  And the worst part was that these were some of the hottest days of the summer so it probably made the smells that much worse.  Ick.  :/

Anyway, so we arrived at the Palace and everyone split to check it out.  David and I made our way inside to check out some of the salons and apartments.  OH MY GOD.  These people lived RIDICULOUSLY!  The most gaudy, overdone rooms you can imagine.  But it was really cool and I kept imagining myself walking through those halls, a member of the royal court living the good life.  How sweet would that have been?

We wandered out into the garden behind the Palace, which I think was the best part.  Just acres and acres of trees and flowers and lawn.  Really nice place to spend a sunny afternoon.
  Would have liked to go out on one of the rowboats but we didn't have enough time.

We made our way back to meet up with the group around 2pm.  Of course, hardly anyone was there.  Why?  Because we were meeting up to take a tour with the tourguide and hardly anyone wanted to deal with that again.  I think I heard 3 people other than the BUNAC rep actually went on the tour.  :p  David and I left with some people and made our own way back, and probably had a very similar tour.

We found our way to the Basilque de Sacre Coeur, a cathedral on the very top of wht must be one of the highest points in Paris.  The stairs were excruciating to climb but it was worth it.  The view was incredible!

After that was the original Moulin Rouge which was a bit unimpressive.
Sorry, not many pictures of the palace because my camera was dying. :(
  But I guess for the 'I've been there' factor it was worth walking by.

Stopped for lunch at an overpriced italian place but didn't really care.  It was the only real sit-down meal we'd had all weekend and we deserved it!!

Amazingly, the final day of the Tour d'France was in town while we were there!  It was ending earlier in the day, but we decided we wanted to go to the Arc de Triomphe anyway so we might as well check it out.  When we got there the race was pretty much over but they were still doing some showy things, so really, I saw the Tour d'France and no one can say otherwise! Lol!!  The Arc was pretty impressive as well.  Absolutely HUGE and we had an amazing view of it because the road was closed off for the race.

We decided to end our whirlwind day by going to the Eiffel Tower.
Sacre Coeur
  We'd made plans to go up it the next morning but figured, hey, its the only thing really open right now and we might as well since we've got the time.  Plus, it was quite a ways from our hostel and we were already in the area.

Took us about 45 min to an hour in the que, which is less than I expected.  We all decided that if we were going to go we were going to go big and all the way to the top!  There's 3 floors, and you can buy different passes that let you up to the various levels.  Plus, you can choose elevator or stairs and we went right for the elevator after all the walking we'd done.

I know this is the quinticential Paris icon anyway, but just... don't miss it!!  Go all the way to the top!  The view is outstanding.  You see buildings which were so massive when you were in front of them and then they are just specks from the Tower.  We stayed a good hour or so and watched the sun set.  :)

Another night spent sitting on the lawn as we waited for the light show so I could capture it on video (my camera was nearly dead the night before).  Then it was off to the hostel and to a well deserved rest.  I know I passed out and didn't hear any of our roommates come back, I was that tired.

Continued tomorrow----->
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The light show on the Eiffel Tower!
Versailles
Versailles
Sorry, not many pictures of the pa…
Sorry, not many pictures of the p…
Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur
View from the steps of theSacre Co…
View from the steps of theSacre C…
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3
Another view...  I like to think t…
Another view... I like to think …
The hundred-bazillion steps we wal…
The hundred-bazillion steps we wa…
Original Moulin Rouge
Original Moulin Rouge
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
End of Tour dFrance
End of Tour d'France
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3
Under the Arc
Under the Arc
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Going up the Eiffel Tower!
Going up the Eiffel Tower!
Scary!
Scary!
View from 2nd level
View from 2nd level
View from third level
View from third level
Yummy crepe!!
Yummy crepe!!
Time for bed!
Time for bed!
Paris
photo by: Sweetski