on July 20, 2007
When you visit Paris, whether it’s your first time or your tenth time, it’s usually the Eiffel Tower that is the first stop of your “things to see” list as it was the case with me. The Eiffel Tower is in the 7th district and is Paris’ tallest monument and also one of the most widely recognized structures in the world. It was built in the late 1800s to commemorate the World Expo that was being held in Paris at the time. You can get to the Eiffel Tower by taking either the metro or RER or a combination of both. The station you need to get off is Champ de Mars: Tour Eiffel on RER-C. We showed up late in the day and arrived at the entrance around 5pm. The waiting in line was not so pleasant for we waited over an hour. It was not too bad because I know that earlier in the day, it can be upwards of three hours so one hour doesn’t seem to kill anyone. To keep people entertained, there are often buskers in the area that play their own music. During the peak season, the tower is open from 9am – 12:45am (stairs close at 12:30am) and in the off-season, hours are 9:30am to 11:45pm (stairs close at 6:30pm). Admission fees are moderate in price and vary in price depending on mode of transport and age of person. For general purposes, they range from €2.30 to €11.50. Stairs are cheaper than elevators. Check with the official website for any updates in admission prices. We decided to take the elevator to the first floor and bought for tickets for just under 5 euros. The view from the 1st floor is amazing and you are overlooking the Seine on one side and Tuileries on the other side. You can see Sacre-Coeur in the distance along with numerous Paris monuments and buildings. Our time on the first floor was disturbed by a group of Kurdish protesters that threw thousands of flyers from the 1st and 2nd floor off all the way to the ground. The group was controlled by a team of special French police officers that detained them quickly and shuttled them to the police station in a van. The Eiffel Tower is a must-see place for photographers as well. You’ll be able to get great shots, especially at sunset when you have the amazing silhouettes of the structure. The gardens around the monument are peaceful and serene and a great place to have a sit-down lunch or dinner. I would definitely return, especially after sunset, when the tower sparkles for a bit. This is a not-to-miss sight to see in Paris!
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