by Alessandra ’16
With a fresh start in the Jardin du Luxembourg, this day went from blue sky to frigid, high winds very quickly. After visiting the Musée d’Orsay, we had free time for lunch and shopping, then a fabulous dinner on the Champs Elysées. The group went on their way to the Eiffel Tower as the sky lighting got darker and darker and the winds increased incessantly. The highlight of the evening was most definitely nightfall at the Eiffel Tower We approached all together with the sparkling tower ahead (every hour, the lighted tower flashes and sparkles for about five minutes). After probably ten minutes of group photos and selfies, we got in line to head to the top.
Approximately an hour wait in line resulted in dancing in place and delirious jokes about the weather and was the greatest group bonding experience. The tallest people in our group surrounded the others as barriers from the cold. After two hours wait up and down stairs, in and out of elevators, we made it to the very top of the Eiffel Tower. Many of us had cold red faces and frozen smiles. All except for Marcus and Max stayed to embrace the view for approximately two minutes and then called it quits to find refuge in the relative warmth of the elevators. Marcus and Max made the most of the view and ignored the cold. How manly! The night only got more exciting on the uphill walk to the metro while of course Marie-Louise and I were the two in the group with improper footware for this project. Nonetheless, the evening was a success! We ended with bellies full of crepes and cheese, and photos for all the parents that we will share with you when we get home (gotta love those selfies!)