We had seen the Eiffel Tower from the Seine riverboat cruise as well as the Hop-on Hop-off bus, but it wasn't dark enough to see it lit up neither time. It's unlikely we'll make it back to Paris again, so we really wanted to see it in all its dazzling splendor while we were there.
We left our hotel around 9:30 p.m. and the front desk told us a taxi would be readily available once we walked to the Quai d'Orsay [street] on the south bank of the Seine. So off we went. Unfortunately, we didn't see any available taxis so we walked the 2.4 miles until we reached the riverside park close to the Eiffel Tower.
It was beautifully lit up so it was easy to see in the nighttime sky as we got closer and closer to it.
Once we got through the first security check we rode a train that took us to our boarding gate area where there was another security check where we had to put all our belongings into large plastic containers for scanning. Then we were cleared to go to our boarding gate which was L33.
On the way to our boarding gate we passed a duty-free Laudrée store. They definitely have a dominate presence in Paris.
Once we arrived at our gate we had about a four hour wait until our flight departure time. We got something to eat and I read, so the time passed quickly until it was boarding time.
We went through the usual customs security check then got our luggage and our daughter and son-in-law were there waiting to pick us up. I breathed a grateful sigh of relief that our luggage made it with us throughout the entire trip.