Paris – Day 1

Today started with a walk to the Eiffel Tower.  As you can see from the pictures, the top (summit) of the tower was shrouded in clouds today.  Sometimes, the summit is closed due to weather and visitors are only permitted to go up to the second level.  Even though cloudy, we wer able to go to the summit, so the students were excited.  The views from the second level were actually better than from the summit, but it was fun to get to the top.

After the Eiffel Tower, we took the subway to the area of the Paris Catacombs.  Before going into the catacombs, the students found some lunch in the area.  The catacombs are an old mine/quarry that became the home for the bones of bodies dug up from city cemeteries as the city cleared the land for more buildings to be built within the city.  It is a very unique experience to see the bones of more than 6 million people stacked carefully along underground passageways.

After the catacombs, the students were free to go off and explore the city in small groups.