Europe, France, Paris

Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower, named after engineer Gustave Eiffel, was built towards the end of the 1800s. For years, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world, towering at 1,063 feet (comparable to an 81-story building). Almost 7 million people go up the Eiffel Tower annually. It is the most visited paid monument in the world.

 

The Eiffel Tower is three stories. I was able to go up to the second floor, and trust me, that was high enough up for me! It is about 377 feet tall. We were then able to stop down at the first level, about 187 feet tall, where you have a good view of the square base of the Tower and also can stand on a glass floor!

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photo courtesy of http://www.wikipedia.com with arrows added 

The views were absolutely beautiful, especially from Level 2 looking over Paris. It was a little disorienting and scary being so high up, so I can’t imagine going all the way to the top! It was a great and surreal experience.

 

From Level 1

 

From Level 2

There are people wild enough to take the stairs up the Eiffel Tower (hundreds and hundreds to get to each floor), but we, along with most guests, took the elevator. The elevator was actually a little spooky and cramped, but thankfully it was only about a minute and a half in there! What’s interesting is that the elevator goes at an angle up the base of the Tower. I took a few short videos, one going up the Tower, one going from Level 2 to Level 1, and one at Level 1 looking over the base and the glass floor.

 

After visiting the Eiffel Tower, we had some time to explore and walk around, get some souveiners, check out some street vendors, and so forth. We couldn’t find our tour guide at the time we were supposed to meet, and he was very mad! I was hanging out with a mother and a daughter, they were the only other two on the trip so we bonded and did a lot together, structured and during the small amount of free time we had towards the end. I can’t remember where they were from, but they were very kind. The mother didn’t speak English so there was a lot of translating, but we made it work! We ended up getting back to Paris Nord around 6:00 PM. At that point, I separated from the two women and we went on our ways back to our respective home countries. Our train ticket provided was for 8:00 PM. I was exhausted and had been walking all day, so I decided to risk it and sneak onto the 7:00 PM train. Somehow I made it without them realizing I was in at the wrong time and wrong seat, but who cares! I got back around three hours later and headed home for a long night’s sleep to prepare for our last day in Europe!

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