Part 2

After exploring the Montmartre area, we took a rest and then boarded the Metro for the Eiffel Tower area. We had dinner near the Eiffel Tower and then did a wonderful boat tour on the Seine River.

We all enjoyed the boat ride. Typically, the boats are loaded with hundreds of tourists, but we only had a handful of companions to ride with on the Seine.

The Seine (pronounced sin) is a 482-mile-long river with 37 bridges in Paris with the most famous being the Pont Alexandre III and the Pont Neuf. The Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris.

It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The bridge is widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in the city.

Our tour boarded at the bridge and began a leisurely tour viewing the Musee d’Orsay, the Musee du Louvre, Ile de la Cite, Ile Saint-Louis, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the famous love lock bridge of Paris.

We greatly enjoyed seeing all the native Parisians all sitting on the walls lining the Seine River dining on picnic dinners or just chatting with friends. There were several small groups of Parisians playing instruments and people dancing.

It was what one might envision a night in Paris. We ended the night by reclining on the spacious, green lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower waiting for the lights to illuminate at 10 p.m.

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