Our guide walked us over to the Tower where we “skipped the line” and went to the front with our prepaid tickets. We still stood in a lot of lines but after seeing the line of people who have to wait 2-3 hrs we couldn't really complain.
This is inside. The metal looks brown. They change the color paint on all the metal every once in awhile and its due for a change, so I wonder what color it will be next?
Then we piled 25 people at a time onto an elevator to go to the 2nd platform with only 1 more platform to the top. We did climb quite a few stairs each time but never saw anyone attempting to climb their way up instead of by elevator so it may not be allowed. But there's no way we were even going to attempt it.
We saw the Arc near where our hotel was, and were able to see how the streets were designed like spokes of a wheel going out from it.
There were some old photos on the walls inside this level of visitors back in the early 1900s that I had to take photos of.
We went back to the hotel for a while, resting up a bit and to find some dinner before our next tour, Cruise on the Seine and Illumination of Paris, started at 8:30pm. We walked up and down the street looking at a couple restaurants and which ones seemed popular. We decided on an Italian one, had a decent meal but the French don't do Italian well. Then we took the Metro again to our pickup point for the next tour.
It was a large bus again *bleh* and it drove us past the Eiffel Tower as it was being lit up,
and then down to the River Seine where we got on a cruise boat. Most of the people were sitting inside because it had been chilly and sprinkling still. But we had dressed warmly and chose to sit on the seats surrounding the cabin outside and got great views of the river front and all the buildings.
This photo shows the narrow area on the outside of the boat where we were sitting.