And then we went and actually saw the Eiffel Tower! It’s exactly as beautiful as you think it is. And also weirdly accessible? With iconic NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building or the World Trade towers, you can be right underneath them, and they look like any other building. And then you have to keep moving, anyway, because you’re on a New York City street. But people were picnicking in front of the Eiffel Tower, enjoying the park around it, pouring wine and taking selfies without mean New Yorkers telling them to move along. (Still love you, NYC!)
Walking through the Esplanade des Invalides park, we looked off to our right and saw our first hint of the Eiffel Tower. Imagine having that in your backyard.
Pont Alexandre III, leading to the gorgeous Grand Palais with its glass roof.
Jack and I walked to the Musée d’Orsay, which everyone back in the U.S. told me we HAD to see. So we looked at the cool animal sculptures out in the entrance area and then promptly didn’t go into the museum. We had a really good reason, though! I had forgotten my allergy pills at home, and we needed to find a pharmacy. A lovely pharmacist who spoke perfect English knew what loratadine was and helped me out with a French version of Claritin. I also saw the French hair conditioner I buy there for, like, $1. 😭
The view across the Pont Royal, the third-oldest bridge in Paris. (Quite the distinction, am I right?)