on October 5, 2013
Whenever I think of Paris, this iconic structure is the first thing that comes to my mind. We visited the tower twice and since we are on a (very tight) budget, we opted not to climb the structure. But nevertheless, Eiffel is best appreciated not by being on it but by looking at it (IMO). We enjoyed both of our visits but i think it's best viewed at night or at dusk. We arrived at around 6 pm and it is still bright out in June, we watched some street performances while waiting for the tower to light up. You can also people watch while waiting.Tips:1) Keychain vendors are so annoyingly persistent. Do not make eye contact (LOL) or show interest unless you want to buy keychains. I cannot believe the gall of one of the vendors who tried to sell us 5 keychains for 11 euros, good thing we are not interested at that time because the usual selling price is 3-5 keychains for 1 euro (so dont's be fooled). And you can bargain because in the end we actually purchased 20 keychains (for 3 euros) which is the most inexpensive presents to give out to friends and families when we got back.2) Best place to view the Eiffel Tower is from Palais de Chaillot. Get off at Trocadero metro station. If you want to get closer to the Eiffel, then you can just walk down( Better going down to Champ de Mars from Palais de Chaillot than the other way around).
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