|outside le Musee d'lArmee|
I have to admit that I wasn't very excited for le Musee de l'Armee, but I ended up really enjoying it. There was tons to see, and Napoleon's tomb was extremely impressive - that guy sure had a HUGE ego. The museum had tons of interesting weapons, armour, and exhibits - we spent a lot of time there, but I'm sure that Hubby could have spent another couple hours there.
Rue Cler was pretty awesome, as Rick Steeves said "the perfect place to assemble a picnic lunch" and he didn't lie; the street is filled with produce stands, cheese shops, butcher shops, and bakeries - basically a foodie heaven.
|just one small portion of the cheese shop|
I was told before I left Canada to climb the Arc de Triomphe in the daytime and the Eiffel Tower at night, and I agree with doing it this way. From the top of the Eiffel Tower, you're so high up that you don't really see anything (it's all just little dots), so if you do it at night, you can experience all the lights of the city (and see why it's called "the City of Lights"). With the Arc, you're not as high so you can see things easier, and you also get a pretty fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower.
|my favourite view|
|fountain at the Place de la Concorde|
I have to admit that I'm not the best with heights, so I was a little scared of going all the way to the top, but I figured that we could always make our way down to one of the lower levels if the top was freaking us out too much. It was pretty windy, but all in all it was fine, and it was pretty cool to feel like you were on top of the world. Hubby even bought me a glass of champagne at the top to celebrate our magical night in the city of lights.
|see, city of lights|
PS: Are you planning a trip to Paris? If you are, I have a piece of advice that will likely save you a little money and a LOT of time: the Paris Museum Pass. We purchased two 6 day passes before we left and we didn't stand in a single line up the entire time we were in Paris. Our philosophy was that even if they didn't save us money, they saved us a lot of time, which is equally as valuable when you're travelling. Note that the Paris Museum Pass doesn't include entrance to the Eiffel Tower, but you can reserve your date and time before you leave online, which is what we did and it was a breeze.