We landed at 8AM Paris time... 1AM at home! It took an hour by car to get to our wonderful hotel in the heart of Paris-Hotel Castille (directly next to the original Chanel Store in Paris!) Also, if you look down the street in this picture to the right, that is the Ritz and the famous revolving doors that Princess Diana came out of before she got in the car and was in the fatal accident. We went through that tunnel many times on our trip. ( In this picture, a motorcycle was going past Blake's window... they were everywhere in between lanes of traffic going 80 miles per hour!
Our Hotel is directly to the right of the Chanel Store with the beautiful purple flowers in the windows.
Our room was incredible, it was like a 2 story doll house. Everything was tiny but so cute. At least we had 2 bathrooms to get ready in!
We had an hour to take a quick shower, eat breakfast and meet the other winners from Blake's company in the hotel lobby to head to the Eiffel Tower for a private tour. We ate lunch on the first level of the Eiffel Tower at Altitude 95. I am learning that wine and champagne are served with every meal... I can get used to this! :) The tour of the Tower was filled with remarkable facts, like the first ever elevator was built for the Eiffel tower in 1902! We went all the way to the very tip top... Blake was not too happy about me making him stand next to the edge more than 100 stories up for a picture!
After the tour of the Eiffel, we were taken to the company headquarters in Paris, Blake's company was just bought a week ago and it is a Paris based company now. There, he was recognized by the CEO of the company and given a Mont Blanc pen, as an award... it was very nice.
These were the spectacular desserts that were served at the champagne hour afterwards... the white cone shaped one has chocolate pop rocks in it.... very cool and tasty!
Dinner tonight, in hindsight, was my favorite part of the entire trip to Paris. It was a dinner cruise on the River Seine.... oh my gosh, I can't possibly articulate how amazing it was. This was the view of the Eiffel Tower we had among every other famous and historical building in Paris. The boat was made of all glass and you could see all around.