I always wanted to see the sights of the city by night, but there's a problem with that (or a few).
1. They're spread all over the city. The Eiffel Tower alone from our hotel was a 2.5 mile walk.
2. There are buses but they stop running (the sight seeing ones) at like 6pm. It doesn't get dark until 9 or so.
3. There is the Metro system, but it's mostly underground and you'd miss the little details and such.
Well, luckily Ben and I were walking around visiting some sights and we stumbled across this super touristy night bus tour of the city. The best part about it was it was cheap (relatively) and it went to all the attractions we wanted to see and more. Sign us up!
The bus picked us up right around the corner from our hotel and off we went. We left about 9:30 at night (I think) and the sun was just starting to set behind the Louvre:
(Note: I took most of these pictures at night on a moving bus so please forgive me if some of them are a bit out of focus...)
So, by the time the tour was done, we were freezing, my camera battery was barely holding on and it was late, but I would take that tour again if I could. It was amazing and it wasn't anything we would have been able to see if left to our own ingenuity.
On the way back to the hotel, Ben and I passed over a vent for the Louvre that was releasing the most wonderful heat that helped thaw us before we got back to the hotel. We missed dinner that night and I think we ended up munching on our snack of pop, chips and candy bars we picked up at the local grocery store while trying to get warm after the chill had set into our bones on the long open air tour of the city. It was a great night I will never forget.
I think I'll do one last post of Paris pictures, maybe two if I can't narrow down my choices since I took so many pictures, but come back for those later. I'll post some quilty stuff in the meantime. I hope you enjoyed the tour!