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October 5, 2013
From journal A week in Paris
by two cruisers
March 7, 2012
From journal Three Friends Tour Paris
Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
September 30, 2011
From journal My Paris Top Five
CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
January 5, 2011
From journal The most beautiful city in the world
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
October 26, 2010
From journal A touch of Paris
Bath, United Kingdom
July 10, 2009
July 20, 2007
From journal Vive La Paris
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
September 30, 2006
From journal 4 Nights in Paris
May 18, 2002
As my husband has a fear of heights, we did not ascend it. We did gawk at it from every angle possible and noted its embellishments, its tributes to the great men who contributed to the body of French scientific culture. Characteristically French is the way in which the contributions of individual men are commemorated in the naming of streets as well as on this quintessential symbol of Paris, and by extension, all France. Of all the photos I've seen, none made me aware of the fact that the Eiffel is, in part, a monument to those who achieved in the sciences. Many of these names are unfamiliar to Americans, though Lavoisier, Cuvier and Daguerre were familiar to me. My research revealed these names were Eiffel's idea. Around the turn of the century, these tributes were removed during a painting and not restored until the late 1980's which may explain their absence on many photos.
Surprise at this salient feature of the Eiffel Tower that you only realize when you see it in person up close, gave way to continual astonishment at the engineering marvel that it is. It was built in 26 months,this experiment in steel that proved skyscrapers could be viable. It's so THERE, with about 2 and a half million rivets holding it together and weighing over 7,000 tons. It seems so immoveable, so permanent, yet so graceful that, from certain angles, it appears lacey like fillagre. Indeed, it is so French in its combination of opposites, that it is truly one sight in Paris that needs to be seen, examined, and applauded. Of all the famous sights, the Eiffel Tower is the most memorable Parisian experience because nothing can prepare one for actually seeing it. It is an indelible sight and a sight more unlike what you expect than any other sight in Paris.
The nearest metro is Bir-Hakheim on line 2; the nearest RER is Champs-de-Mars Tour Eiffel on Line C. For changing prices for visits to the three levels by lift or the stairslevel, as well as history and a Quick Time VR software simulation of views from the top, visit www.tour-eiffel.fr.and click on the British flag.
From journal The "looking down" city - Ordinary Paris
December 2, 2001
Extending 300 meters into the sky, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris proper, and is visible from most anywhere in the city. It affords an amazing view of the cityscape from the top.
Despite the inherent touristy feel, climbing the Tower is a must. I recommend taking the stairs up the first two levels; it is much cheaper (18F compared to the 60F elevator ride), as well as much quicker. The lines for the elevator extend all over the open space between the legs of the Tower. Sadly, the stairs to the top have been closed for some time, and one must wait in the long line at the second level to access the third and uppermost level. Note: even if you take the elevator from the ground, you must exit at the second level and wait for the elevator all the way up.
At the top, which is rather small, you will find a circular display with the approximate distances and direction to the world's big cities. I found Seattle on the map, about 6,600 miles away, and blew my family and friends a kiss.
Another note: since it is so high, it is windy up there! Be prepared with a light jacket.
There are other displays to help you identify the sights you see from up above. Many people don't know what the nearby gold dome is--that is the final resting place of Napoleon, Les Invalides. You can see parks and other famous Parisian landmarks, like Notre Dame and Sacre-Coeur. The view makes it easier to understand and appreciate the layout of this ancient city.
Don't forget that the Tower lights up at night to make a beautiful addition to the night skyline. Every hour on the hour after dusk, the Tower winks and twinkles in a ten-minute light show.
For a lovely view of the Tower without being directly beneath it, go across the river to the platform at the Trocadero. This is an ideal spot for photographs with the Tower.
From journal Study Abroad--Living, learning, and loving it!