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We headed into Paris again today. It is a convenient 25 minute train trip from Versailles to Montparnasse Station, where we get the Metro to the Eiffel Tower. Despite reports about it being very busy, we were pleased to find ourselves at the top of the Tower in under an hour. And it was worth the wait - the view from the top is spectacular! The upper deck is nearly 1000 feet above the ground - nearly twice the height of Jim's old office on the 39th floor in Canterra Tower. We had a fabulous day for it - scarcely a cloud in the sky. The upper platform is fairly small, but it is not overly crowded, and easy to get a spot at the rail. It is a bit nervous-racking to hold one's camera up to the mesh to take photographs, for fear of dropping it. After a while at the top, we took the elevator back to the second level. After the top, this level seems kind of pedestrian, though it is still nearly 400 feet above the ground. We took the elevator down to the first level, where there are glass floors, before walking down the
328 stairs to the ground. It would have been 1710 steps from the top of the tower to the bottom! The tower was a great experience.
We then walked across the river to the Trocadero, to enjoy the views back to the Eiffel Tower, before catching the Metro to Montmartre. The Paris Metro is very efficient, and easy to use. In Montmartre we grabbed a quick lunch before climbing up to Sacre-Coeur Basilica. This spot is much busier than the Eiffel Tower. The view over Paris is nice, and the basilica is quite impressive. Back to the Metro for our return to Montparnasse station, and the trip back to Versailles. Once in Versailles, we enjoyed a beer on a sidewalk terrace right down the boulevard from Chateau Versailles.
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