The last time I saw Paris…was November 2007. You can see the Eiffel Tower from many places in the city where it dominates the left side of the Seine. You can come round a corner and look down a street and see it reaching up to the sky. I believe there’s a height restriction in the centre of Paris so there are no tall skyscrapers to obscure the view for the most part .
Though we were able to see the tower, we didn’t get up close to it until the late afternoon of our second day in Paris. It gets dark early in November and when we hopped off the bus by Palais de Chaillot across the river, it was 6 p.m. and dark. We were just in time to see the tower sparkle which it does on the hour for about 10 minutes. Very cool!
The first two photos here are the ones I like the best of all the ones I took. The one down further at the end of this post isn’t that great, it’s out of focus a tad and there’s camera shake happening but I like it because you can really get a sense of how gigantic this structure really is! You don’t realize it until you’re close to it or underneath it. You *know* it’s got to be big because you can see it above all the buildings but your perception of it isn’t really accurate until you see the tiny red lights of the cars beneath it!
The Eiffel Tower is on everyone’s Must See list for Paris and most people make the journey up to at least the second level. I’ve been here twice and haven’t gone up it either time. The queues were not overly long on that November evening but it was chilly even on the ground and I didn’t see the point of paying a lot of money. I’d rather go up high somewhere else and get my photos of Paris with the Tower in the photo! It’s a bit of a tourist trap, really, and visiting it with my feet firmly on the ground was enough for me.
Don’t get me wrong, though, just because something is a tourist trap doesn’t mean I won’t do or see it. It all comes down to whether I think it’s worth the money or not. We’re going to visit the Colosseum in Rome, which is another of those TTs but we’re also going to get tickets to see the dungeons and up on the third level, too, which you don’t get to see with the general entry fee. Plus, my partner has never been to Rome before and he wants to do all the traditional sight seeing for his first visit and that’s fair play.
The Eiffel Tower is quite someting to see, even just for the architectural value.
And when it sparkles it’s pretty!