Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

We took the Metro over to the Victor Hugo stop, where they had an ad with a coughing cat I fancied. A short walk and we arrived at the Trocadéro, the hill on the opposite side of the Seine overlooking the Eiffel Tower. The views from here are why you come to Paris.

Metro Ad

Metro Ad

Eiffel from Trocadéro

Eiffel from Trocadéro

Eiffel's Tip

Eiffel's Tip

Trocadéro Gardens

Trocadéro Gardens

Eiffel from the Seine

Eiffel from the Seine

We walked down the hill and over the Seine so that we could be right under the tower. We didn't plan on going up right now, but we wanted to explore the base of the tower. It is pretty amazing, but the presence of scaffolding detracted from the visual effect a bit.

Under Eiffel Tower

Under Eiffel Tower

Parc du Champ de Mars

Parc du Champ de Mars

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Next, we walked along the Seine on the Left Bank in search of Mel's bridge. Among all the bridges that cross the Seine, there is one that is special to Mel. He knew it was nearby, so we continued to walk along the river until we encountered it. And, he knew it when he saw it, the Pont Alexandre III. The Art Nouveau crossing is probably the most ornate in the city. It's named for Tsar Alexander III, whose son, Nicholas II, laid the cornerstone in 1896. It is a beautiful bridge, yet still modest, and it leads right to the Grand Palais.

Light on the Seine

Light on the Seine

Nymphs on Pont Alenandre

Nymphs on Pont Alenandre

Petit Palais Entry

Petit Palais Entry

Tomorrow, we tackle the Louvre.