Champ de Mars, Paris, 75007
Went here two weeks ago and after the advise of a friend I booked a table at the first floor restaurant which is well worth doing for more than just the view! Although it is fairly expensive around 35euros for lunch and around 50 for dinner. You get a fast pass ride up to the first floor which saves hours in queuing! On the down side is it only includes a lift to the first floor and you have to pay more to go up further. If I was to go out of high season I would skip the restaurant...
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- The Eiffel Tower for Vertigo sufferers (12 Mar 2010)
- No visit to Paris would be complete without going within touching distance of the Eiffel Tower so let me tell you about the experience we had.
Firstly I was travelling with two young children with the attention span of a gold fish. It seems that whatever time you go the queue is going to be horrendous - we got into the snaking queue at 2pm and bought our tickets at 3:30 ... there is a nice restaurant on the 2nd level 'La Jules Verne' which if you are going to eat there means you can jump the queue but for most of us we had to wait...so if you are going with kids make sure you bring water and a guide book to keep them amused with trivial facts etc....or a game boy.
There are 3 levels, the first 2 are accessable from the lift in any of the 4 legs - there doesn't seem to be a leg with a shorter queue (we did look). The trip up the first 2 levels was wierd - the elevator is more like a fenicular railway in that you are travelling upwards and sideways at the same time - very wierd.
On the second level there is a shopping area around the centre with the usual high priced tat that I had to convince my over stimulated kids didn't have to be bought just because it was there - saying 'dad's out of cash' stops being credible once you have bought them lunch. Oh lunch, bring a packed one if you can as it's expensive and limited - by that read chips and ropey old filled baguettes.
So we joined the queue for the top - if you don't like heights then don't do this - just looking up to the top level (you will have time in the queue to do plenty of that) scared the hell out of me and I had to be brave for the kids.....the lift when we got there was quite modern and quick but you need to remember that the Eiffel tower is an old, creaky, rusting monument that lets you know that you shouldn't be defying gravity by going up it.
The top was nice, that but that I could see without letting go of the kids or the iron bars against the middle - the lift down felt very good indeed Not that I had my eyes open at the time.
At the prompting of my oldest we decided to walk down from the 2nd to the 1st level - agree to this at your peril, you are still 150m up and it's a windy and very unsafe looking way down.
All in all this is the most visited monument in the world - you simply must do it once in your life, perhaps for less 'vertically aware' people than me it would be thrilling but as far as i am concernend it's one you do and then file away as being a nice memory.
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- Lovely, a must see (12 Mar 2010)
- Went here two weeks ago and after the advise of a friend I booked a table at the first floor restaurant which is well worth doing for more than just the view! Although it is fairly expensive around 35euros for lunch and around 50 for dinner. You get a fast pass ride up to the first floor which saves hours in queuing! On the down side is it only includes a lift to the first floor and you have to pay more to go up further. If I was to go out of high season I would skip the restaurant as the queues would not be as bad as early August. If you do plan to go book in advance for the restaurant as it is nealry impossible to get a late reservation! The other downside was all the police with guns which did frigthen the children a bit so be prepared for that if going with children. Also the queue for the toliets downstairs is longer than you can imagine!
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- As She Stood.. (12 Mar 2010)
- The Eiffel Tower isn't just a must see for tourist but it also has a special place in the hearts of most Parisians. The interesting thing about the Eiffel Tower is that it never was meant to be a permanent structure. The tower was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. 20 years after it was built it was meant to be dismantled but it has remained.
Anyway back to my childhood story. When I was 8 the school I used to go (Thomas Jefferson School) organized a trip to the tower. We all went up the elevators to the last floor and then we would dare ourselves to run and crash against the security gates whilst watching Paris swoop just under you... very fun but very scary experience, one which I probably wouldn't dare myself to do now! After that we ran, jogged, then walked down the 686 steps.
If you're not a young child or don't feel like running and crashing on the security gates on the last floor then I'd recommend you go under the Eiffel Tower (in the gravel pit), straight in the middle... lift your head up and focus on the center, then spread your arms out and start spinning... loads of fun! Don't believe me grab a friend and do it together
In any case I love the Eiffel Tower and every time I go back home I look forward to watching it sparkle at night like a christmas tree.
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