Saturday, June 4, 2011

Eiffel Tower

I didn't expect to be as moved as I was by the Eiffel Tower. But quickly it became a sight that I wanted to see over and over.

Constructed in 1889 as the entrance arch to the World's Fair that year, the Eiffel Tower is still the tallest structure in Paris at 1, 063 feet. The same height as an 81- storey building. It is the most visited paid monument in the world. I didn't pay anything to admire its beauty but there are three levels for visitors. Levels are accessed by stairs and elevator both at different prices.  Both the first and second levels feature restaurants.

Being near the tower made me feel so hip and modern. Even though the structure is over 100 years old it is the symbol of Paris and its modernity and fun. There are areas all around with the tower in view to sit and relax and even enjoy some street entertainment.

On our last night Cynthia and I got some drinks-yes adult drinks-and had them on the lawn in front of the tower. I could think of no better way to say goodbye to Paris.
At night the tower lights up beautifully. And every 20 minutes or so it sparkles. People sit around ready to see the lights like they are waiting for a fireworks display. Once the first sparkle goes everyone ohhhs and ahhhs and it's such a beautiful sight.