|one of many parks in Paris|
|same park as above|
|Arc de Triomphe Carousel|
|I've been to the one in DC|
|first view of the Louvre|
As I walked there, the sun started to set. I stopped on one of the many bridges that spans the Seine River and took a picture. It was amazing to be in this beautiful city and all I could think about was how much I wish my family and friends were there with me to share in the incredible views.
It took a lot longer to walk to the Eiffel Tower than I anticipated and it was dark by the time I reached it. At night, the Eiffel Tower is lit and is an incredible sight. It is an impressive structure to see from afar and to stand beneath it. The lines to go up were long, so I just sat and enjoyed looking at it from the ground. Finally, I made my way back to one of the nearby metro stations and headed back to my hostel.
When I returned to the hostel, one of my roommates was there. She was a woman from Sweden who had married a French man and was studying physical therapy in France. She currently had a rotation in Paris and so was staying at the hostel as she did her rotation. We chatted for a while about traveling, medicine, health care systems in the US, Sweden, and France and finally went to bed between 12 & 1 in the morning. Overall, it was an incredible day and I could not wait to start exploring the city further in the morning.