The Eiffel Tower.............Even before we left home, both my husband and I weren't at all interested in going up it.
We arrived at the TOWER AT OPENING TIME, THE BEST TIME FOR BEATING THE CROWDS.
If I had wanted to buy tickets, I could have nearly walked straight up to the window. By the time we crossed the River, had a look there and came back, the queues were quite long.
Were we disappointed......Not in the least!
We had seen it so many times on Television, that it had lost the wow effect!
It was good, an amazing piece of architecture, etc. etc., but for us, standing underneath and viewing it from a distance was satisfying enough.
Please check the website for times and for prices of different levels.
Admission elevator top ADULTS...€ 14.00
age 12 - 24year....€ 12.50 4 - 11yrs and disabled € 9.50
Well just read that it was the 15 anniversary of the accidental death of Princess Diana by pont de l'alma in Paris. This is just around Place de l'Alma with plain view of the tour Eiffel.
So was just having some drink in my favorite place,and went over took some with my blackberry phone.
First the origins of the flame of the entrance to the under road by the seine. This flame of liberty is at the west entrance to the tunnel of pont de l'Alma that reproduce the flame of the Statue of LIberty in NYC USA. The monument measures 3,5 meters high covered in copper doree residing in a socket of gray and black marble.
This flame of LIberty was offered to France by the USA in 1989 to thanks for the restauration of the tower of liberty in NYC at the moment of its centenary.
Upon the announcement of the death of Lady Diana in August 31 1997, this spot was covered with flowers from all over the world . AFter Elton John dedicated a song called a Candle in the Wind ,the relation of the flame and Diana have taken a greater dimension that is seem even today. This year it is the 15th anniversary of her passing and the place is full of flowers. However, the actual monument dedicated to her passing is at clos des Blancs-Manteaux, public garden in the Marais,located at 21 de la rue des Blancs-Manteaux
Fondest memory: driving under the tunnel one cannot forget this tragic accident as I do take the tunnel often. It is ,also, a gift of the people of France to the USA so that makes it even more a remarkable place.
This is me in front of the beautiful Eiffel Tower, viewed from the Trocadero...
Besides climbing the tower, if you decide to do so (it's a MUST DO for many tourists that visit Paris for the first time, although not for me personally, but you must be ready to wait in line for a long time to climb it), I highly recommend that you walk around this area - Champ de Mars, the park & green areas surrounding the tower and the fountains at the Trocadero are wonderful to take a walk or just sit down for a while and relax - and eat one of the snacks that are sold in the stands you'll find all over the place (warm waffles - called gauffres -, or crepes)... they're GREAT!!!
Since several years ago - 2007 or earlier - they started illuminating the Eiffel Tower with these lights that look like white "sparks" or blinking stars besides the regular yellowish light that illuminates the monument permanently in the evenings. The sparks aren't permanent, they only display them for 5 mins. or so every hour, starting at 8:00 PM if I'm not wrong and up until midnight. It's an awesome view which I was able to appreciate both while being very close to the Tower and also from afar, while at the top of the Montparnasse Tower. The picture I took back then was terrible, but this time I was able to take some better pictures with a digital camera to replace that old ugly one.
Shopping was awesome please Tour the purfumerie factory and make a purchase there as well. The effel Towel was my best spot I brought a perfect basket lunch from home in Wiesbaden Germany that consisted of smoked Gouda and buttered Brotchen with fruits and Wasser. I soaked up the air and sun and everything was lovely...no rush no hustle and bustle.
Fondest memory: A Make up kiss in the Effel Tower and getting a BIG HUG from Goofy for Paris Disney.
Travelling in Paris during early June seems good as the weather is cool and you can walk for miles not sweating except when I challenged myself to walk up the steps to the 'top' of Eiffel Tower.
Fondest memory: I miss the Louvre. They have so many beautiful paintings and relics which I have yet to study closely in details. You really really need a lot of time or maybe days to study them all! I love the slow, interesting and beautiful long walk from The Louvre to the Arc de Tromphe. Don't give excuse not to walk as you see many interesting palces and happenings along the way. At 8.30pm, it's still quite bright in the sky. By the time I reached the Arc, it got dark. Travel by underground metro is most convenient in Paris.
I would definitely take them to the Eiffel tower, and while there take them around the base to see the wonderful bust of 'Monsieur Eiffel'! I believe it would make them feel 'closer' to the maker of the most exciting viewpoint in all of Paris!
Fondest memory: We lived in the 7th arrondisment for nearly three years and came to love the area and know every nook and craney! Avenue de la Bourddonais was our main street and we knew all the shopkeepers along the boulevard. Our apartment was one block from the Champ de Mars and many happy hours were spent strolling the length of the parc. Rue St. Dominique was the street with
boulangeries, patisseries, G-20 hyper-marche, etc.., and it was a few blocks away. the American Library was one block away and was the bus stop! It is the most perfect Parisien neighborhood anyone could want to live in.
Personally, the best time to go to the Eiffel Tower is at about 5:00 pm when the tourists are dwindling and are about ready to go home and you still enough time and sunlight to see everything at daylight time. And, you will see the lighting of the Eiffel Tower after it gets dark...
The best part to see the whole view of the Eiffel Tower at daytime and or at night time is at the park of the Eiffel Tower. There is a parking lot over there facing the park, but definitely, you can take the whole view of the Eiffel Tower not like just taking the foot or the base of the Eiffel Tower.
Definitely, it is worth going over there at this time. The only thing is you might not be able to get to the Tower. However, you can do that early morning so you don't have to fall in line and you can avoid the many hussles and buzzles of tourists!
Fondest memory: I love the flickering lights at night. I had the view of the Eiffel Tower while I was riding on an evening boat ride at the Seine River.
Favorite thing: For an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, go to the Trocadéro. This was the first view I had of the Eiffel Tower, and it took my breath away. Anyone going to Paris must see this view. Stand in the courtyard, where all the golden statues are.
THIS IS NOT A FAVORITE THING, BUT A GENERAL TIP.
Now that the tourists are starting to flock to Paris you will see long lines every where. Be prepared to wait for quite while to purchase your ticket for entry into the Eiffel Tower. There are snack bars and bathrooms nearby in case of need.
You cannot buy your tickets in advance.
The man behind the Eiffel Tower is.....who else, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel or just plain Gustave Eiffel.
The man was born in Dijon France in the year 1832. He practiced independently and formed his own business as an engineer-contractor in the year 1864. He specializes in metal structural work and built metal structures of all kinds around the world.
If you want to see a replica of the man who made the Eiffel Tower possible, all you have to do is go up to the tower. On the Third Level you will see him in his office. I posted a picture of Gustave Eiffel while welcoming Thomas Edison.
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