Eiffel Tower, Paris
Romance & Views At The Eiffel Tower. What More Could You Ask For?
The Eiffel Tower, an empowering architectural marvel is an iconic landmark of Paris. Built for the 1889 Worlds Fair it became the tallest man-made tower in the world. Today, The Eiffel Tower is the world’s most visited paid monument which is evident by the never-ending queues and clusters of cameras and selfie sticks. Whether you hike up 1665 steps or take the less strenuous lift, both will lead to incredible views of Paris.
I first visited the Eiffel Tower on a chilly February morning in 2003 then ten years later on a warm September afternoon with a boyfriend. Although ten years apart, the same magical feeling of standing on one of the coolest structures in the world still brought chills. It was my boyfriends first time at the Eiffel Tower so it was cool to experience it with him.
We happily waited hours in a queue and had no problem forking over 17€. A bit pricey, but the Eiffel Tower is one of those landmarks where you would regret it if you didn’t head up. We finally walked into the lift that smoothly and slowly glided up the tower. Although it was cramped we could peer over the shoulders of others. Like opening a birthday gift, the views of Paris slowly unraveled into the most wonderful surprise.
As we disembarked, the City of Paris with all its history and wonderment, surrounded us like a comforting blanket. For an hour, we took photos from every possible angle, enjoyed the warm Parisian breeze and stared silently into the distance. I imagined Paris during Belle Epoque (1871-1914), a flourishing age of art, literature, and theater (I think I have watched Midnight In Paris one too many times).
As we headed back down then away from the crowds, we turned to look back up at the Eiffel Tower. We both marveled at the intricate lattice structure and wondered what the vibe would have been like when it was being built. Later in the evening as the sun disappeared and the night sky developed, the Eiffel Tower lit up like a sparkly golden Christmas tree. It really is the City of Lights!