View of Paris, and the prominent, Arc de Triomphe, from the top of the Eiffel Tower.  12 avenues come together at the Arc, with the most famous being the Champs Elysees.

Electricity in Europe

Europe's electrical system is quite different from ours and there is no way around it.   They use 220 volts and we use 110 volts which makes using simple appliances like hair dryers and curling irons a pain.  And to frustrate you even more, their plug is different too.  But you have an option, you can purchase an adapter or converter from your local Best Buy or Radio Shack for about $30.  A word of caution...test your appliance with the converter when you arrive or else you might fry your hair dryer or even worse, your hair.  

While staying in London, England, I decided that I would wash and blow dry my long hair using my hair dryer and the converter I brought from Canada.  I did not run a test...BIG mistake.  As I brought the blow dryer close to my damp locks, I smelt something burning.  I pulled it away and noticed that the coils inside were red hot and starting to melt the plastic.  My husband stood there with a smirk on his face and shook his head in disbelief at my stupidity.  You could tell that he wanted to say "I told you so," but he refrained from escalating the situation by walking away silently (but still shaking his head).  I immediately unplugged the hair dryer (which was beginning to smoke ) and flopped down on the bed in utter relief (hair dryer in one hand and hair brush in the other) .  I almost burnt off half the hair on my head. Visions of myself running around the flat with my hair on fire did cross my mind.   After I wiped the sweat from my brow, I pulled my hair back in a ponytail and vowed not to use the hair dryer and adapter for the rest of my European vacation.  (Definitely a challenge in itself because what lady doesn't love a good blow-out and I still had a month to go).

However, I did test it again in Paris, France but this time with the curling iron.  Thankfully, I had not issues.  And believe it our not,  my hair dryer still works!