I was just talking to a friend yesterday about travelling and Paris came up in the topic. Despite the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks , Paris still remains as one of my favourite cities to visit and for sure i would like to go again. Be safe and be on alert wherever you are.
It was around this time last year that I was getting ready for a long weekend in Paris. I had planned to meet a friend in the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport where we both flew in from two different countries. I had not seen her for over a year, I was really excited and I had wanted to visit Paris for a long time – the romantic city or shall I say the city of lurrvee.
We shopped, ate a lot, tried different foods here and there and just enjoying the city. We did the usual tourist stuff like visiting the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre, Opéra Garnier, Musée d’Orsay, Champs-Elysées, Louvre Museum etc. We had covered quite a lot of the main attractions, and for me, some of them really stood out. I would definitely go to Paris again, I loved it.
I’ll run a series of posts covering a few of my favourite and definitely must visit places in Paris. Today, I’ll talk about the most obvious one – the famous Eiffel Tower.
What’s a trip to Paris without visiting their most beloved monument, the Eiffel Tower?
A little bit about the iconic monument
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous structures in the world, so popular that there are so many replicas around the world. Maybe you could just visit one of these if they are closer?! Just kidding, it’s nowhere near the same experience and it’s definitely a place to add to your bucket list.
This iron tower can be found in Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel who designed it in 1889. It is the tallest building in Paris, standing at 1,063 ft tall (or 324 meters). It is also the most visited paid monument in the world where millions of people ascend it every year.
Did you know..
The French name for the Eiffel Tower is La Tour Eiffel. It also has the nickname ‘La dame de fer’ which actually means the iron lady. Some other fun facts you may want to know about the Eiffel Tower.
Anyway, on our trip, we reached there not long before sunset to see the stunning colours of the sky change and for us to snap some great pictures. It was beautiful, and I would recommend going when the sun sets. If you are travelling there sometime soon, time your visit carefully. It really depends on the view you want. There really is a difference between seeing the Eiffel Tower in the day and at night.
The Eiffel Tower can be seen from all over Paris, but if you really want to experience it, you must climb it. You can take the stairs or the lift; often you will see the queue for the stairs is shorter. That’s probably because it is about 670 steps and it only takes you up to the second floor. But! You can always stop and admire the views and take photos. Plus, if you think about it, you can see it as helping to burn off all that French food you gobbled up or an excuse to make space for some more!
If you want to go all the way to the top, you can still buy a ticket for the lift to the top level which means you can skip the long queue at the ground floor. You have to make sure you don’t miss the last lift if you want to catch the beautiful view of the Paris skyline at night.
One more thing you should not miss.. we caught the Eiffel Tower sparkle! There are 20,000 flashing lights on the tower that sparkles up from the top to the bottom of the tower for 5 minutes at 8pm. It was beautiful!! We actually didn’t realise there was a light show, and was happy when we experienced the moment. It’s definitely one that you should see. Apparently, every hour from 8pm there will be a 5 minute light show until 2am in the summer and 1am in the winter.
Another note, do, beware of pickpockets around this area; they tend to hang around the queuing area..
For information on how to get there and opening hours visit The Eiffel Tower Official Site.