Lighting up Paris
This photo was the end to what I consider the perfect day in Paris. Start the day early at the Orsay (www.musee-orsay.fr). Spend the morning with the Impressionist and then take a break so you can cue for lunch promptly at 11:30 at the restaurant on the middle floor. You will beat the crowds and
the fixed price lunch can't be beat for both price and taste and the surrounding of the former train station's dining room is stunning.
The next shop should be time spent perusing the books and the atmosphere of Shakespeare and Company at 37 rue de la Bucherie. Afterwards strolling through the Latin Quarter offers some of the best people watching in town. You could spend all day there but make sure and allow time for a macaroon for Laduree at 21 rue Bonaparte. (There is more than one location but this one is in the Latin Quarter). The macaroons there really are best of the best and the one thing that my family never misses when in Paris!!!
After a full day of exploration and good food head over to see the Eiffel Tower. It's so crowded there during the day and to really appreciate it's beauty it needs to be viewed lit up at night. The extra lights in this photo were happenstance but I think illuminate the tower in a way that highlights its beauty.