Eiffel Tower, Paris
It might sound boring for those of you who like to go clubbing or dancing or bar-touring at night, but believe me: just sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower (at the Trocadero gardens) and watching people pass by, the boats sail along the Seine river, and the wonderful lights of Paris all around you is a WONDERFUL night activity!! I did it twice during my stay and I loved it -- and I had some company once, so it's also a good activity to do if you just want to stroll and chat with someone. This is what I call to *LIVE* Paris to the fullest and enjoy every single minute of it! The lights of the Tower don't go down until 1 AM or so.
May I also suggest that you eat a crepe or a "beignet" (a kind of donut coated with sugar) or a warm waffle with whipped cream, nutella of jam in one of the many stands you'll find around this area... They're DELICIOUS! It's a nice treat to complement your "night tour".
After dinner we headed out to la Tour Montparnasse with the intent of having a glass of champagne at the top of the tower affording us with the divine view of the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately, the bar was closed to us that night as someone had rented Ciel de Paris and had The Gypsy Kings playing! While we didn't get to see them playing we did get to hear The Gypsy Kings live - amazing. And the views are stunning, too!
Photos: February 2006
Dress Code: Party clothes or dress appropriately for the weather atop the Tour Montparnasse!
I had read a few tips about the Eiffel Tower at night and, hands down, it was the best possible way to experience that spectacular monument.
Not only are the lines much more sparse (when we went, there was no line at all), you can meander around the various levels without having to worry about competing for a view, pushing and bumping through crowds, or fearfully clutching your bag with worries of pickpockets and thieves.
If you chance upon a clear night, the view is, again, spectacular. The city unfolds below you and is still quite busy with the comings and goings of people. It glows.
One of my favourite photos from our trip is using the camera timer, placing the camera on the ground, pointing up, and, us, leaning over the lens... there we are, smiling, as the Eiffel Tower fills the sky above us.
Dress Code: A jacket, if it is cool.
Our VT meeting was wonderful that the restaurant owner didn't close until we all went back to our hotels or to those based in Paris, to the comfort of their homes.
We had fine dining, wine, desert, coffee and the best part was we had a great company.
I truly enjoyed the company of Pedmar, footstool, ForestqueenNYC, CestVT and Penelope4.
We talked about VT, VT members and how fun it is to be a member of VT!
Dress Code: Personally, I wore the same pants for five days- since I had been travelling non-stop and didn't care much how I looked at that time. I just wanted to meet all the VT members who signed up for the VT Paris meeting last February 20, 2009.
I climbed up the Eiffel Tower, and when I looked down on Paris, I was astounded! It's a breathtaking view, and I recommend you go up as far as possible to take pictures of Paris.
Dress Code: Wear comfortable shoes to climb the Tower!
The Eiffel Tower shows a gorgeous view of Paris, especially at night with all the lights. During the summer, the tower is open daily until midnight.
Reserve at least two hours of your time for your visit to the Eifeel Tower. The line up is usually very long, and then it's up to you how much time you want to spend up there ( they don't force you to come down at any time.) There is a restaurant and a small gift shop on the second floor, but it's usually very expensive and crowded.
And be prepared for your ears to pop as you go further up to the top floor ; )
Dress Code: Bring a light jacket or something with you even if you're going up there in the summer. It can get really windy and don't be alarmed if the whole tower seems to shake and sway in the wind - im sure its very sturdy!
Something that everyone has to do when visiting Paris is to go on a night cruise… when Paris is gloriously illuminated.
We went on an evening that was fine and mild, although on the waters it was understandably colder. It lasted for two hours, and we went under bridges and quite a way down the Seine.
This sight of the Eiffel Tower standing so majestically just off the banks of the river is an image that will stay with me forever.
Picture is a little blurry as I had neglected to turn my camera onto night mode (something I often do!)
Remembering those days in 1999 when i did my first trip abroad by myself .. i remember how was exciting Tour Eiffel for me... i laid down my backpack on the hostel and as i was in a hurry i took the tube and ran across the boulevards towards the Eiffel Tower..it was more than great and now nect march im coming back again to behold such beauty on earth !!
Beautiful light show for 15 minutes... The Eiffel is so beautiful at nite - even in a chilly November winter... Worth the trip.
Although the Metro is quite a walk to the Eiffel, there are plenty of people heading towards the Metro anyway. No need to be scared - just be alert.
I traveled to Paris alone and took a Citirama Tour of dinner at the Eiffel Tower and the Cruise on the Seine. I look back and it remains one of my favorite memories.
The dinner was excellent and the people at my table were from many different countries. We all spoke English and had a great time. The tour on the Seine was lovely as was the night.
I had wished that I had booked the Moulin Rouge Show to go with this tour. It was offered but I picked another evening to do that activity.
Citirama Tours start their tours at their office behind the Louvre. Had I taken the Moulin Rouge tour, they would have drop me off at my hotel at the end of the night.
Since my tour ended after the river boat cruise, I was dropped off at their office. The Louvre is well populated with people during the day time. Though the street has high traffic, the walk to the Louvre Metro stop at 11 PM was long, dark and lonely.
Just something to think about when you book such a tour.
Dress Code: I wore dress pants and jacket. Most of the clothing I took to Paris were dark. I blended in without looking like a tourist.
I wish I could have gone up during the night, but we saved that for the daytime. Still, its still pretty amazing to just be near the Eiffel Tower at night. And I'm not sure if this happens all the time, but when I was in the general area between 8.45 pm and 10.15 pm, at around 9.00pm and 10.00pm, a whole bunch of lights started flashing on and off, as if the Eiffel was a giant christmas tree. It was reallly beautiful.
In the summer its a cool place to relax. I loved sitting right under the Eiffel and feeling the warm summer breeze. Great place to people watch as well.
Dress Code: Dress code... wear clothes... that way the police won't haul ur ass to jail.
Seeing Eiffel Tower at night was nice ! This is Paris landmark that you don't really want to miss !
Height: 300.51 meters
1st level - 57 meters
2nd level - 115 meters
3rd level - 276 meters
Height including television antenna: 320.755 meters (1052 feet).
This photo was my first sight of the tower with Alain walking next to me...on the first night in Paris !
I know most people go up the tower during the day but I highly recommend going up at night as well.
Or, if time is limited, go in the late afternoon so you can catch a few minutes of daylight and then watch the sun set across Paris and all the magical light come on. It's a beautiful sight.
Dress Code: At 1,046 feet tall, the top of the tower can be quite windy so be sure to bring a sweater if you're the type who chills easily.
Here I was at the base of the tower ! Well, almost.
There were too many people, at that time when me & Alain were there around 11 pm.
The tourists, the local people, the students, the couples all mingle together underneath the Tour Eiffel. Is that suppose to be romantic underneath The Eiffel Tour ? Well, you have to be there to decide.
I decided not to go up the tower because we just didn't have enough time to explore the area better.
Closer on the tower.
The weight is 7,000 tons although 1,000 tons were removed during 1990's renovation.
The base is 412 feet square, roughly about 2.5 acres.
It's a great feeling for me of course to see Le Tour Eiffel with my own eyes although prior to reaching Paris, I thought it was just another tourist trap ! It is not...