This Is What You Came For

One of the most iconic symbols of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, certainly stood tall in the middle of Champ de Mars.   With the Euro Cup "Fan Zones" occupying most of the park, we weren't able to take a leisurely stroll along the green space but we were able to see the "Iron Lady" up-close.  It was also neat to see a giant soccer ball hanging from the tower in honor of Euro Cup.  For those wanting to see a scenic view of the tower from a distance, another great place would be from the balcony of Palais de Chaillot which is directly across the street.  This museum overlooks the tower and a perfect place to take those Facebook or Instagram shots.

After admiring Paris' famous tower, we walked along the Seine River, where we happen to cross one of the numerous footbridges, the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor.  Here, we got to immortalize our initials on a pad lock.  Paris apparently has two other "love-lock" bridges, Pont des Arts and the Pont de l'Archevêché bridge, so it was neat to take part in one of these tourist traditions.

The last monument of the day was the Arc de Triomphe, which honours those soldiers who fought during the French Revolution.  There's also an observation deck on top if you're willing to walk up 200+ steps, but from what I hear, the view from the top is definitely worth it.

Eiffel Tower

Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor Bridge

Arc de Triomphe