I had made adventurous plans for our first night in Paris. There were to be fireworks at Versailles and though the logistics were a bit complicated it looked like it might work. That was until we found out that the major train to get there had cancelled part of it's route and there involved a bus and it turned out to be more than we felt that we could handle as first time visitors.
So what to do. We turned to the list that I had made of things to see and when items were closed. Seeing the Eiffel Tower at night came up and was doable. We got there before dusk to see picnics set up with families, friends or lovers on the green space next to the tower itself.
And when it got dark enough, the lights came on. The collective gasp from onlookers was priceless.
The workmanship on the tower is amazing. We waited a few days and then took a hike up.