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January 18, 2007
A must do while in Paris, even if just to say "I went up the Eiffel Tower." Yes, you can take the stairs; my sister opted for this option and it is a good one if your legs will hold out, as it is less expensive. Or do like the rest of the lazy Americans and take the elevator! You will have to wait in line for tickets either way, and the shortest line of the four days we were there was Sunday morning.
The elevator will take you first to the middle landing where there is a place to eat as well as an observation area. You then hop on another elevator to take you to the uppermost level. This is where you can get the views of Paris! I had never realized how large a city Paris was until this. From up here you can pick out most of the major sights, and also see the transition from Old Paris to the newer business districts of Paris.
The Eiffel Tower is really much larger and taller in person than I would have imagined. The elevators are an experience themselves, as they travel at an angle, and you get a view of the inner workings of the construction, though I would guess that taking the stairs would provide a better view of this.
I was told the restaurant on the first landing is rather expensive, but there was such a crowd there that we never could find out. There is also a restaurant at the base of one of the pillars; I grabbed a peak at the menu and it was incredibly expensive (in the range of 30 euro per person and up). The price for the elevators was €12 per person, though we did not have to pay for our 1-year-old.
From journal Long Weekend in Paris
December 28, 2006
It is the most visited monument in the world. I’m sure you’ve seen many photos of the Eiffel Tower on the Internet and in different movies, but it is nothing like seeing it in person. I visited the Tower last summer, on a tour bus. On the way to the tower, we saw a movie where the Eiffel Tower was shown; but I was completely taken by surprise at the tower’s immense size when we arrived. The tower stands at 320 meters or 1,052 feet; it was the tallest structure in the world from 1889 to 1930, it lost its title when the Chrysler Building was built. To give you a better idea of how big it is; you could stack 6 Statue of Liberties on top of each other and it still wouldn’t be enough to match the size of the Eiffel Tower.
If you want to get there before big lines builds up, you better get there bright and early in the morning; you do not want to get there at 2 in the afternoon to find more than an hour’s wait to get in. Yes, there is an admission fee, but it’s totally worth it. There is a chart on their homepage, www.tour-eiffel.fr, that shows the different prices according to age, floors, etc. There are two ways to get up the Eiffel Tower; by elevator or by stairs. Most likely, you will like to take the elevator, but the line to get on an elevator will be much longer than the line to go up the stairs. If you want to skip the line, and take the stairs then you will have to climb 115 meters and then take the elevator anyways if you want to go to the top of the tower. If you are visiting the Eiffel Tower during the peak season, as I did, the wait will be long to go to the top. In my opinion, there’s no reason to go up higher when you already have a marvelous view of the city. If you want to see what I’m talking about, view the photos attached to this journal. After you finish taking all your pictures of the view, comes the most dangerous part of this experience (if you’re not visiting alone). You’re probably asking yourself how the Eiffel Tower can possibly be dangerous. When I visited the tower, my entire family went up the tower and got in line to go back down by elevator. The system of going back down by elevator is simply horrible! Everyone was smashed together into one big cluster of pushing and shoving. Somehow, one of the younger members of my family got pushed into the elevator and they wouldn’t let one of our family members go with him. So, when we got to the bottom we had to spend 15 minutes (scariest 15 minutes of my life) trying to find him. In conclusion, this is amazing place to visit if you are careful.
From journal Visiting Paris: The Guide
Ladera Ranch, California
October 26, 2006
Paris is famed throughout the world for the beauty and variety of its monuments. Towers, churches, palaces, archways, bridges or fountains… an extraordinary collection of landmarks that transports us back in time. Of course, Paris wouldn’t be Paris without the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame or Sacré Coeur. And each evening a special magic takes over the city when all these splendid constructions are illuminated! Tour Eiffel, as it is known in Paris, is one of the most famous monuments in the world, built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for a World Fair. To access, take the Bir Hakeim Metro, or the RER Line Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel. Expect a bit of a wait, though with 6.5 million visitor to the Tower each year, it must be worth the wait. I would advise visiting in the late afternoon before sunset to see the beautiful lights glimmering on the outside of the Tower.
When arriving at the Eiffel Tower, our biggest decision was what floor to visit. Why not all of them? Each floor offers a unique view. The first floor is wonderful in giving the history of Paris. Historical panels are placed all over the circular gallery as well as panoramic indicators presenting the sites down below. For a romantic and memorable dinner experience visit "Le Jules Verne" on the second floor. Restaurant visitors enjoy the perks of private access through a south pillar elevator and food and wine not to be forgotten. Though be sure to reserve in advance, as any able, especially one with a view is well in demand. Following dinner, be sure to make a visit to the specialty food shop also located on the second floor. This shop offers sweets, chocolates, teas, terrines, mustard, and souvenirs from Paris and other regions of France. On the top floor, an 18-meter climb from the base of the tower, features the history and basis of the Eiffel Tower including a representation of Gustave Eiffel's office featuring wax characters of himself & his daughter as well as Thomas Edison! For more information, hours and cost, visit the official website at www.tour-eiffel.fr
From journal Viva La France
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
September 30, 2006
From journal 4 Nights in Paris
August 29, 2006
From journal Beautiful France
August 15, 2006
From journal Strolling Through Paris
August 11, 2006
From the outside you can see all of Paris. Because many attractions are closed on Monday, the tower is more crowded that day. Visiting at night can also be fun, the tower lights up and sparkles and you can see why Paris is called the City of Lights. One of my visits to the Eiffel Tower was cut short by a torrential downpour, but watching the storm come in from the top of the tower was beautiful and completely worth being drenched. If you don't want to climb the tower, take your traveling companions, a blanket, and some wine and cheese (or whatever food you'd like), and sit on the Champs de Mars starting around sunset. Parisians, especially students, and some tourists (though I saw surprisingly few), get together here for an evening snack and to watch the tower light up and sparkle.
From journal Paris in Spring...and Summer
San Francisco, California
June 28, 2006
From journal All Modes of Transport: Week in Paris, June 2006
by go cards
June 24, 2006
From journal Under the Sky
June 22, 2006
They realised things were more expensive in Paris when we had to pay €7.50 for a Sprite and from then on ordered water in restaurants and bought mineral water in the Metro, as it was cheaper!
Everybody woke up early the next day to go to Disneyland, but I found they returned relatively early, which surprised me. In the afternoon we sat in a café close to Notre Dame with an English bookshop next door. Chris found a book he liked about the Industrial Revolution in Rural France and wanted to buy it, but I talked him out of it luckily! We then took the train to Montmartre and enjoyed watching the little shops and restaurants on the way, as well as the countless painters once we got there. Gisela was most impressed, as she likes to draw and paint herself.
After Montmartre we found a nice restaurant near Moulin Rouge for dinner. Both my husband and son ordered lamb chops, but one was overcooked, even though he had ordered rare and the other was nearly burnt, so they returned them both and got new dishes!
From journal Que Vive la France!