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The Eiffel Tower, Paris

When one thinks of France, the first thing that comes to most of our minds is the Eiffel Tower. Like most tourists, the Eiffel Tower was (almost first) second on our to-do list (Notre Dame was first). As expected with any father-daughter duo travelling in a new country, we argued about our direction and choice of navigation for a large part of the train ride to the Eiffel Tower. We ended up getting off a station before our stop, so we decided to just Uber it the rest of the way.

Before I go on, let’s get in some history. The construction of the Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, but it was only meant to be temporary. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, a competition was organised to build an iron structure with a base of 125 meters, and height of 300 meters. Out of the 107 applicants, Gustave’s design was chosen and executed. However, the structure was only supposed to last for 20 years. Over the years, the tower became a symbol of France’s industrial power, was used for scientific experiments, and as a radio antenna for military communications during the First World War. It left its mark in French history. Today, the tower is visited by 7 million tourists every single year.  

Approach to the Eiffel Tower

I wouldn’t call the approach to the tower beautiful. Or intimidating. Paris is a busy city with a lot of road traffic, so the drive wasn’t even fun. But then suddenly, out of the corner of your eye, you notice the gigantic Eiffel Tower in the distance and it’s suddenly closer than you’ve ever imagined (and bigger than your mental scale can measure). Some find the monument romantic, and gorgeous even. Me. Well. I found it ugly at first. A massive steel structure, just out of nowhere? Not really my cup of tea. The closer I got, the more uneasy it made me feel. Until I was at the top, but I’ll get to that later.

View from under the Eiffel Tower

We found our way to the lines to enter this iconic monument. Unlike the handful of tech savvy, smart tourists out there, we hadn’t picked up tickets beforehand. Instead, we chose (or had no choice but to) to stand in line for tickets. Once you enter the monument, each of the 4 bases of the tower have their own ticket counters, 2 for the stairs and 2 for the lifts. Thankfully, my dad and I both have the same lazy genes, so we spent the next hour or so in line for tickets to take the lift up.

Fun fact: The Eiffel Tower has 3 floors, the first two are accessible by stairs (if you want to climb up 669 steps that is!).

1st floor – 341 steps

2nd floor – 328 steps

The lift takes you up to the third level, which is the highest accessible level of the Eiffel Tower (300m from the ground). The third floor (and the second floor) has 2 levels. A lower level which consists of the lift and an indoor observatory, and the upper level which is an outdoor observatory. The first floor consists of a glass floor that showcases a breathtaking drop!

The way up the Eiffel Tower starts off with one lift that moves up diagonally to the second floor (which didn’t really help with my uneasiness), from where you get off and change lifts to go up to the third floor.

They tend to pack you into the lifts like sardines in a tin can, so for my fellow claustrophobic friends out there, I promise it’s going to be okay. It’s only 30 seconds to the second floor, and 15 more to the third, and the view from the top… it’s worth the struggle. Trust me!

Every level has a selection of Café’s, bars, and gift shops for tourists. However, I personally think they’re a waste of time. Just go look out as soon as you get there!!

I stepped out of the lift and towards the railing to see miles and miles of Paris all around me. In seconds, the Eiffel Tower went from ugly to crazy beautiful. I’d been on higher buildings before (the CN tower 553m, Eiffel Tower – 324m), but this was something different. The structure itself added to the beauty of the experience, and words alone fail to the describe the birds eye view of Paris. So, you’re going to just have to look at these pictures and believe me!

Don’t forget to look UP once you’re at the top! Most people don’t, but that’s a beautiful view too!

Looking UP the Eiffel Tower!

“If there is anything that I have ever experienced that I can compare to what a caged bird feels like when it is finally set free, it is standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower.” – Maryanne Fernandez

Tip: If you want to visit the Eiffel Tower, don’t be silly. Just buy your tickets online (https://ticket.toureiffel.fr/) and save yourself from never-ending queues!!

Opening Hours:

  By Lift By Stairs
7th July – 26th August            09:00 – 00:45 09:00 – 00:45
Rest of the year         09:30 – 23:45 09:30 – 18:30

Ticket Prices:

Price (in Euro’s)

 

Adult Youth (12 – 24 years) Child (4-11 years) / Disabled Child under 4 years

Ticket with access lift (second floor)

16 8 4

Free

Ticket with access lift (top floor)

25 12.50

6.30

Free

Ticket with access stairs (second floor)

10 5 2.50

Free

Ticket with access stairs (second floor) + lift (top floor) 19 9.50 4.80

Free

 

11 Comments

  1. Peter Manavalan

    May 29, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Wonderful commentary on your visit to the iconic tower . A guide for travellers. Looking forward to more posts on your travels.

  2. Jyothi Chopra

    May 29, 2018 at 10:39 am

    So beautifully described. I just love the way you write . God bless you n enjoy your holiday.

  3. betty

    May 29, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Outstanding commentary. ..super

  4. Anuradha Khosla

    May 29, 2018 at 11:16 am

    That’s so informative n beautifully written, each details covered.

  5. Pravin Balakrishnan

    May 29, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Fantastic overview! Excellent article. Crisp & informative. Thank you!

  6. Anonymous

    May 29, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Superb Mynamol. Very good description of the tower. Felt like I was there.

  7. Anonymous

    May 29, 2018 at 11:33 am

    A good detailed description of the trip….I hope you & your dad had a good time….God bless

  8. Sandra Jacob D'Aguiar

    May 29, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Was there 2yrs ago.Came in from Londonon the Euro star & my classmate met me at the Station, & since she being in Paris for 40yrs I had no trouble going around as she showed me around.Enjoy both of U & have a wonderful time together.

  9. P Srinivas. Mobile : 09391024876

    May 29, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Maryanne,
    Very nice pics n writeup. I am Srinivas, your dad’s friend, You also know me

  10. Anonymous

    May 29, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Loved your descriptive very vivid details of your experience maryanne

  11. M Rajshekar

    June 2, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Dear Myna
    Very well written with a bit of humour. Keep travelling and enjoy and do post your experience, it’s very informative and fun.
    Take care & God Bless you.
    Lots of love
    Rajshekar

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