Monday, August 25, 2008

Part 4

We sat on the balcony of the Paris Hilton with our Bloody Mary's in hand and watched the sun set. If you look really close you can see a rainbow in the middle of the picture.

When it finally got too cold and dark for us to continue to sit on the balcony we retired to our room. Here is Tori wearing her complimentary Hilton robe and slippers. And I had to take a picture because this is the the first time in 25 years that she's been in charge of the television remote control! There were some other milestones achieved that I didn't photograph, such as Tori getting to spend 5 minutes in the bathroom all be herself and getting to drink an entire soda with her dinner and not having to share it with anyone else. When you've had a baby in your house almost constantly for 25 years...these are the things that make a vacation a VACATION.

We got up at the crack of dawn the next day and walked over to the Eiffel Tower. After much thinking and debating Tori decided that if she didn't go up to at least the 2nd level she would regret it for the rest of her life. Tori is petrified of heights and elevators and the like..and it took a lot of thinking before Tori came to the decision that she would be able to go up to the 2nd platform of the tower without having a heart attack. (GO TORI GO!!!) So we stood in a huge line, (this line was 10 times bigger the night before), and got elevator tickets that would take us to the 2nd platform of the tower.

When we got in to the very crowded elevator Tori and I, and I'm sure probably everyone else, expected it to go straight up like every other elevator on earth does. So try to imagine the weird feeling when the elevator went up at a diagonal.... The elevator is inside of the leg of the tower and there is no way it could go straight up. It goes up with the shape of the leg.

Here is victorious Tori on the 2nd platform of the Eiffel Tower with the beautiful Seine River behind her. You can't tell but it was just starting to rain, (again).

These pictures show a little bit of the view from the Eiffel Tower. It was starting to rain a little harder at this point.

The building at the end of this park is the military school that Napoleon attended. He got a two year scholarship but he asked the headmaster if he could complete his two year education in one year and give the 2nd year of the scholarship to his brother. The headmaster said yes so that is what he did.

This is the view of our hotel. Now you can see how we were able to sit on the balcony and look at the Eiffel Tower. I tried to mark our room with a red X...but you can hardly see it.

Can you believe that people have actually scratched and written graffiti on the Eiffel Tower?

Part 5 to follow.....



Anonymous mina said...

I've never been to Paris, now I can't wait to go one day!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

This is so much fun! I am enjoying your trip immensely! Love that Tori got some well deserved time on her own! More, more, more!! :)

9:20 PM  

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