I’ve wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower since I saw Superman II as a girl, but nothing prepared me for when I actually got to stand in front of it! It is magnificent, and far surpassed my expectations. As I stood there staring in awe, I could vividly see Christopher Reeve’s Superman flying up the spire to rescue Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane.
I’ve just come back from a weekend in Paris and made two trips up the tower – one during the day and one at night. I’d pre-booked my morning lift ride, and was up on the summit within 30 minutes of turning up at my arrival time. Much better than standing in a queue for hours on end.
But what a buzz. This experience will stay with me for the rest of my life!
The second trip I made that night, and mistakenly stood in the line for the stairs – yes it’s quicker – and I consider myself a fairly fit person, but the stairs to the second story are brutal. The view at night though was worth the agony, it was stunning! Just a reminder that during the summer in the Northern Hemisphere it doesn’t get dark until around 10.30pm, but the tower is open I think until 1am. Make sure you take a jacket as it gets quite cold up there.
There are 4 main tips I can recommend before you go.
1: Book in advance, unless of course it’s you’re life ambition to stand in a queue for hours. You turn up at your designated time, get in the lift and up you go.
2: Make sure you book your ticket to the Summit otherwise you’ll have to buy another ticket on the second floor to get up to the summit.
3: If you’re not too good with heights but want to go to the summit, stand in the middle of the lift on the way up to the summit. I’m good with heights, but I was standing against the door which is glass from floor to ceiling, and even I started to feel a little queasy.
4: There are gypsies and Souvenir Hawkers everywhere. Gypsies are mainly from Romania and will ask you if you speak English – it’s their scam to get money out of you by getting you to read some rubbish sob story. Either ignore them, or ask them to leave you alone. It became so annoying that I told one that yes I spoke English and yes I was well aware of what her scam was. Funnily enough I was left alone after that. With the Souvenir Hawkers – DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT! Otherwise they will swarm around you like flies at a BBQ. Note to Kevin Rudd – Visit Paris to see what happens when you open our borders to the great unwashed.
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