Friday, September 27, 2013

The Eiffel Tower

IMG_0209

Wow! This week has been on hyper drive! We started rehearsals this week and it seems like my professors know it because I also had more work this week than I have had so far in the semester. As a result, my blog has fallen to the wayside. I was trying to think of what I could possibly blog about, since I haven't had time to take *any* outfit photos (even though I've been wearing the cutest outfits) and then I realized that I still haven't covered the majority of my trip to Europe! So please, enjoy this virtual tour of the Eiffel Tower.

IMG_0207

IMG_0200

Climbing to the top of the Tower has been on my bucket list since I even knew what a bucket list was. When I went to Paris for the first time, I was on a trip with my Belgian school with a slew of Belgians who had all been there before, so we skipped the Eiffel Tower. I, the American, was crushed. I never made it back to Paris that year, so when my mom and I decided that we were going to Paris on our trip, I knew that I absolutely had to make a point of going to the top. It was an experience that I will never forget.

IMG_0216

IMG_0210

The hotel in which we stayed during our three days in Paris was within walking distance to the Tower, so that's what we decided to do on our first day there. We knew we wanted to time it just right so that we would able to see the sun setting as we got higher and higher, so we killed some time walking around it and enjoying the parks in the vicinity until finally we got in line to climb the hundreds of stairs to get the to the top (elevators are for wimps, plus the line for the stairs was half as long). The entire time that we were waiting, there was a sign saying that the very top level was temporarily closed, and I was devastated. We decided that we would still climb what we could, just in case we didn't make it back, but when we got to the ticket window, the woman said that the top level was open and we could still go all the way up! Cue angels singing.

IMG_0238

IMG_0220

IMG_0264

IMG_0281

The construction of the Tower allows you to go up to the second level by foot, which is seven-hundred-something stairs. We stopped on both the first and second levels to look at the views, take photos, and see what there was around us. There are restaurants and bars situated inside the Tower. I would have insisted that we eat there... If we were rich... To get the top level, you are obligated to take an elevator. Which means you are obligated to wait in another line and cram into a tiny box with other people, clutch your bag to yourself for dear life in fear that someone might steal from you, and ride to the very crowded top. Totally worth it.

IMG_0330

IMG_0337

IMG_0349

The views from every level were amazing (it helped that we had gorgeous weather). Plus seeing the city as it went from day to night was such a cool experience. It is called "The City of Lights" for a reason. Every major building lights up once the sun goes down. When you're that high above them, it's breathtaking to see the city spotted and sprinkled with lights. On top of that, once it gets dark the Tower itself is illuminated every hour on the hour with a five-minute light show. We got back to the bottom around 9:50 and waited around for ten minutes. We picked a spot on the lawn in front of it and at 10:00 sharp, the Tower began to sparkle. It was spectacular, and a wonderful end to a fantastic day in Paris.

1 comment:

  1. while i kept scrolling through your pretty pictures i just kept thinking "Paris When it Sizzles, Paris When it Sizzles", haha! Have you seen that Audrey Hepburn movie? So cute :)

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

    ReplyDelete