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My dream this year is to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris on my birthday. Big wish for a little kid, I know, but since we moved to Germany in order to travel Europe it fits right into out plan and is just a few hours from home by train. This is part three of my Parisian trip, visiting the ménagerie du Jardin des plantes, gluten free dessert at NOGLU, watching team USA in FIFA Women's World Cup soccer, and finally watching the sun set at the Eiffel Tower.
We started the day at Jardin des plantes, a large garden with so much to see and do. There is of course a lovely garden, the ménagerie (a zoo), a history museum, and more. Cora opts for the ménagerie for our morning adventure. It is a lovely zoo founded in 1793. There are many unique old buildings still in use. We visit all the animals while enjoying the park setting. When we exit the zoo we find garden paths to stroll, the map says the gardens hold 10,000 plants! The smell of the rose garden was quite delightful, worth a visit to the park in itself.
With the morning done, we hop on the metro to find a nice gluten free lunch at NOGLU. Turns out we were starving and can't manage to take photos of the sandwich and quiche before quickly devouring them. Our bellies calmed, we manage to stop for a picture of dessert before diving right in. It was hard to pick just one desert, but Paris has several gluten free restaurants and we wanted to be sure to save room for desserts later.
Back on the metro and we are off to FIFA Women's World Cup Soccer at Le Parc des Princes stadium. The game was amazing, USA vs Chile. USA won 3-0. We grabbed some footage of the stadium, opening ceremony, kick off, and crowd reaction. If you want to watch the game you can probably find it through FIFA's site (we didn't want to get into any trouble with rebroadcasting the game). Just wanted to share the excitement, if you ever get a chance to go to a game, it is super fun.
After the game we take a nice long walk to the Eiffel Tower (yes again, we just visited the day before). This time we wanted to see the tower light up. Unfortunately in the summer the sun stays up later than we do. We stayed until the lights came up (just before 10 pm), but did not stay for the sparkling light show (probably occurred at 11 that night). We found a comfortable spot on the grass to watch the light fade. My only complaint would be that there were too many people walking around selling things making it hard to relax or take a video. At one point the police showed up and all the drink vendors hid their goods in dumpsters and bushes. So glad we didn't break down and buy water from them earlier, people also fling their dog poop in those dumpsters. Anyway, gross vendors aside the night was still magical and we very much enjoyed our day in Paris.