Free Hugs and B-boys; a day at the Eiffel Tower

Friday we decided to take the advice of travel guru Rick Steeves and take the Trocadéro Métro stop (line #6 or #9) rather than the closest stop. I could sense some hesitation from Dave but I was sure of the decision and off we went. Turned out to be a fabulous idea. Upon rounding the corner of the Trocadéro building the first sight of the tower is breathtaking. The esplanade is a great place to sit and relax. You can’t beat the view and if you’re lucky you’ll be offered a free hug by someone from a group like this.

Free Hugs group

A young man approached us with a sign that said “Free Hugs”. My immediate response was “oui, merci”. Judging by the look on Dave’s face he didn’t know what to make of the whole thing. The guy gave us both a hug, said thanks & good day and was off to offer a little friendliness to someone else.

Personally I think our world would benefit from more human interaction, even fleeting moments of connection, and I think it takes a different sort of bravery to approach strangers with an offer of a hug. We are all on guard from pick-pockets etc.., that in our desire to be safe we don’t know where the balance is between common sense and an openess to living in the moment.

A free hug is a fabulous way to start a trip to the Eiffel Tower and while I don’t know this young man’s story I won’t forget him. He doesn’t know my story either and that might be the whole point….

Even if you don’t get a free hug you’ll get a photo op! Here are a few pics from our visit. It was a warm day, and bit sticky, day with sunny periods and clouds. I think the photos turned out alright!

We caught the warm up of a b-boy group about to busk with the Eiffel Tower as their backdrop. Seriously, how cool is that? Things were just getting started when they had a speaker malfunction:( I was really enjoying the blend of familar music and dance style with the French language pitch too. Alas, it was not meant to be. We decided to head off to Notre Dame and it was only on the train we realized the tower lights were turned on. I blame on the miles of walking!

Tonight we will catch the light show!

On the upside we did catch a fire busking show at Notre Dame which was amazing! It was very dark, we were close enough to see them and the church was lit up to the side providing just enough light.

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