Exploration day today! Tim and I ventured around to some of the metro stops which we hadn't been to yet. It was fun to just explore and not be on a time frame at all. We stopped at Cite Universitaire first to see the international university. There wasn't much to see but we walked through their park for a while and that was relaxing. People here are a lot more active it seems. Parks are always full of runners, joggers, walkers, bikers, and soccer players, especially on Sundays. We walked down to their stadium and even got to watch some of a soccer game. We assumed it was a club game because no one else was really watching but it was fun to sit on the sidelines and watch. It was a beautiful day outside too so that always helps. After we jumped back on the metro, we got off at the Jardin du Luxembourg. This reinstated the fact that Parisians really do not work on Sundays. It was jammed pack! There are hundreds of lawn chairs randomly strewn about the garden, especially around the fountain, and almost each chair was taken up. We finally found two and sat down, read a little, and then just people-watched.
After Luxembourg, we rode down to the Eiffel Tower because we still hadn't gone up the tower yet. Since we're leaving in two weeks, we figured we'd try it out today since you can only go to the very top on the weekends. That was definitely well worth the 12 euros. We tried to time it with sunset the best we could and it actually worked pretty well. The best part was that we were able to walk down to the ground floor while the lights were on- the sparking of it created a great effect through the iron as we ran down the gazillion flights of stairs. We also ventured across the river from the Eiffel Tower just to get some pictures but ran into a pretty neat area. We're heading back that way this upcoming week with Gerri so hopefully we'll get a chance to see a little more of it.