Lunch in the Eiffel Tower
When we were planning our trip we knew that we would have to buy tickets to the Eiffel Tower beforehand. However, tickets for the entire time we were there were sold out. The only way we were getting tickets was if we went for a meal. So, we made a reservation for lunch at le 58 Tour Eiffel for lunch which included an elevator ride up to the first floor. The check in was pretty smooth and we had the first seating of the day. In my opinion we had the best table in the restaurant, right beside the window with a view of the Seine.
The meal was served picnic style, appetizers and desserts were served first, followed by the main course. Which isn’t really a picnic to me, pretty sure it just makes it easier for the servers. A glass of wine was also included with the meal. Each meal was 41 Euros, I would definitely say that it was worth it, considering we didn’t pay any entrance fees.
After lunch we walked up to the second floor and did a quick lap around before it started to downpour.
Seine River Cruise
After our lunch at the Eiffel Tower we went for a river cruise on the Seine. This was right after the flooding so the route had be changed because the water was still too high for the boats to go under some bridges. Instead of going East towards the Louvre and Notre Dame, it went further west then usual. Unfortunately there is not a lot to see in that direction. Even though the price had been discounted the cruise wasn’t really worth it. It was raining so we couldn’t go outside and Fabien fell asleep…
After our rather disappointing river cruise we walked along the Seine to the garden Tuileries. We rode the Ferris wheel which had pretty amazing view of the Seine, Champs-Élysées and Tuileries. We stopped for some macarons and then walked through the gardens.
Dinner in Montmartre
That night we went to meet Fabien’s cousin and his girlfriend for dinner in Montmartre. They met us at the metro station and showed us around their neighbourhood, including Sacré-Cœur and The Moulin Rouge.
We had a drink at their apartment, which features the smallest elevator I have ever seen then went out for pizza.
After dinner we went for a few drinks and met up with even more cousins. We caught the last Metro back to our hotel, ending an extremely long day.