on January 5, 2011
No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Although you may think you know the tower from movies nothing can prepare you for seeing this iconic landmark up close for the first time. It can be seen from almost anywhere in the city due to the fact it is so large and towers above the Paris skyline and although the tower may not be traditional Paris archetecture somehow it blends in perfectly with it's surroundings. It was built for the World Exhibition in 1889 and has now become one of the most visited sights in the entire world. Just viewing the tower is an attraction in itself and at 324 metres tall it really is a jaw-dropping sight. Standing underneath it really gives you a prespective of just how small you really are. I couldn't wait to be able to go to the top of the tower. We had to queue for quite a long time ot buy the tickets to reach the top and this is done by way of elevators which really shoot you up in the sky and was an experience in itself. Paris is an unbelievably beautiful city and the view from the tower is far and away the best one in the entire city. It really is breathtaking and well worth the fee for the elevators. At night the tower is lit up which really needs to be seen to understand just how spectacular this is. From dusk onwards every hour the tower puts on a light display which lasts 10 minutes and is an amazing thing to see and just walking around the city you see the light display and was probably my favourite memor of being in paris. The tower is open every day of the year and I highly recommend that you visit it but even if you don't just make sure you are not inside at night so you can at least experience the beautiful light display.
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