07.08.2010 - 07.08.2010 21 °C
On Saturday evening, August 7 I did my bits of shopping along Rue de Rivoli (I can't help but remember it by thinking Ravioli. Somehow I think that might be just a bit disrespectful.) and then it was time to go to the Cityrama to see Paris all lit up. I had bought this tour as part of a package deal that included this Illuminations of Paris Tour, Cityrama Tour and 4 nights at a nice hotel that included a continental breakfast. I had to decide what day I was to see everything when I booked my trip. Even if I was tired on my first day in Paris I thought it would be a good way in which to start my trip.
The night tour was fine. It was nice to get some explanations for many of the various monuments and they were definitely beautiful when all lit up. They were also lit up in such a way that it really enhanced the architecture. Saw Concorde Square, Champs Elysees Avenue, Arch of Triumph, Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Louvre Museum,and Notre-Dame Cathedral. The driver circled around many of the monuments so that you got to view it from all directions.
The Eiffel Tower was the highlight and at precisely 10:00 pm it's lights did a cascade and so the Eiffel Tower was all sparkly. I learned on the day tour a couple of days later that the Eiffel Tower is a she and she does get repainted on a regular basis. They said that she gets her makeup redone.
It was the usual type of bus tour in any city. You get a headset and then you chose the appropriate button for the channel that will be your language. At the right angle you can take some successful pictures and it was enjoyable but not spectacular.
Going home we had the option of being dropped off at our pick up point of Pyramides Street or getting dropped off at the Opera station.
I chose to get off at Opera as it was a main station and I would be able to get back to my hotel quicker. I caught the correct train and got off at Saint Lazare and then I transferred to the No. 12 line and got myself back to the hotel by getting off at Saint Georges. I know it might be silly but I was pretty darned happy that I was understanding this train system. Very similar to the one in New York, the names have been changed that's all. As long as you study the map and see which stations intersect with which lines it is not hard to get around.
Proud and giddy like I had just learned how to button a shirt. By the way I am actually old enough to not remember how that felt.