Despite its early controversy years ago for its bold design, the Eiffel Tower has become a monumental site that most hope to visit someday and the mystery and allure behind this incredible structure remains.
My Eiffel Tower experience was unique because we literally rented an apartment right underneath the Iron Lady and it was physically impossible to stay any closer to her. I left seeing her shine in the morning just a few feet away, from a distance from various vantage points across the city, and came home to her late at night when she twinkled every hour on the hour blowing my mind every time. What I loved most was rounding the street corner of 8 Avenue La Bourdonnais any time of day, and getting the best view in the entire city. Newly married couples posed with photographers to get the most epic shots in front of the tower.
I highly recommend if you are going to the Eiffel Tower especially during peak tourist season when it’s scorching hot outside, get the skip the line pass and do a tour of the tower.
We did a fabulous tour with
Fat Tire Tours that met on Avenue La Bourdonnais just a block from our place and I have to say it was well worth the $55 Euros. Our tour guide, Antoine, a local Parisian, was so knowledgeable and really poured his heart into his tours. It didn’t matter that it was in the mid 80 degrees F, you could tell he loves his job and made the tour so worthwhile and entertaining.
Once you take the elevator to the top, or if you choose to hike up a mere 1,665 steps, don’t stop before you toast a glass of champagne for a not so bad $12 Euros. If you’re a couple, definitely take a moment to share a public, not so passionate kiss (well unless you don’t mind a ton of spectators) next to the “Share a Kiss Here” sign and then stop at the 2nd floor on the way down to experience the new glass bottom floor. I have to admit we skipped that part because the heat was causing me to lose it quickly.
Fun Facts on the Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
* The French name for the Eiffel Tower is La Tour Eiffel, it also has the nickname La dame de fer which means the iron lady.
* The Eiffel Tower, named after Gustave Eiffel, was originally built as the entrance arch for the World’s Fair in 1889 and was not intended to be permanent. They were planning on tearing it down just 2 years later after serving its purpose and recouping the money for its construction; hence it was agreed to be built despite its monstrous size and controversial design!
* Thankfully it was saved, because it is now the most visited paid monument in the entire world!
* During WWII when Hitler visited Paris, the French cut the lift cables on the Eiffel Tower so that Hitler would have to climb the steps if he wanted to visit the summit. It’s no surprise that Hitler never went on the Eiffel Tower and it has been said that Hitler conquered France, but never conquered the Eiffel Tower.
* The tower was supposed to be originally placed in Barcelona but Spain rejected the tower when it was brought to them for construction.
* The outside temperature also alters the height of the tower by up to 6 inches! Yikes…(I think it’s proven to be safe by now lol.)
* Approximately 20,000 light bulbs adorn the tower and shine after it gets dark. For a special show, every hour on the hour it has a twinkling light show for about 10 minutes. This made me very happy every time I caught her “dancing” as I call it!
* There are over 30 different replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world varying in shape and size including the half-scale replica in Las Vegas and the Tokyo Tower in Japan actually has a full size replica of it!
* Most people don’t know there is a small apartment at the very top that Gustave Eiffel had incorporated into the design so he had the best viewing room in the house.
* For 41 years, La Tour Eiffel was the tallest building in the world before the Chrysler Tower in NYC overtook it.
* Building the Eiffel Tower was a massive undertaking. It took 300 workers, 2.5 million rivets, and 18,038 pieces of wrought iron to build it and weighs over 10,000 tons!
I would say that experiencing the Eiffel Tower for yourself is a ‘must do’ at least once in your lifetime.
If you have been to the Eiffel Tower, I’m curious to know what you loved most about her? Or maybe you don’t like her and that’s ok too! ;-P
Santé from Paris!
Joanie Dhillon | Globe-Trotter | FreedomPreneur
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