The world is full of iconic landmarks and I have been lucky enough to visit a number of them – the Empire State Building in New York, The Burj Khalifa in Dubai and not forgetting the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. However, for me, there was always one that was at the top of my list and that was the cultural icon of France, the most famous structure in the beautiful and unique city of Paris – the Eiffel Tower. Therefore, when Mr ESLT surprised me with an amazing long weekend getaway to the City of Light for my 30th birthday visiting the Eiffel Tower was the number one thing I wanted to see, for me, it is quintessentially Parisian and a must-see for everyone who visits Paris.
The sights of Paris
Mr ESLT is, and I hope he doesn’t mind me saying this, an old romantic and he planned our trip out thoroughly from the second we stepped on the Eurostar until the second we stepped off again at the end of our getaway. He included hand in hand walks along the Seine, a visit to Tiffanys (I’m a very lucky girl), a macaron stop at Ladurée, hop on hop off bus tickets, a boat ride, and of course a lot of sightseeing at all of the major attractions including visits to the Louvre, Notre Dame, The Arch De Triomphe and of course the pièce de résistance – the Eiffel Tower. With so much to see in Paris, I loved that he had pulled together an itinerary if meant we got to see everything we wanted to and didn’t miss out. A great way of saving money when visiting Paris is by investing in a Paris Pass which grants you free entry into 13 attractions, tours and experiences that will make your visit to Paris even better and leaves you with some extra cash for more macarons and champagne, of course.
Visiting the Eiffel Tower
For me admiring it from afar was more than enough but when Mr ESLT produced tickets to the top from his pocket I let out an audible squeal. I was overcome by his extremely thoughtful gesture, you see he’s not great with heights and standing at 324 m but knowing visiting the top had been a dream of mine for as long as I could remember, he put his fear to one side and we started our journey. The journey up in the elevator was amazing as we got to see the inner workings of the tower. Our first stop was the 1st-floor viewing platform here were learnt about the construction of the tower and walked, slowly, across the glass floor mesmerised by sights and people below.
The next stop on our way to the top was the second floor, our breath was taken, not only by the gust of wind that hit us square in the face but more so by the amazing views of Paris below. We visited in May and unfortunately the weather was not that great the day we visited the Eiffel Tower it was bright but quite hazy, however, it did not spoil the visit at all. We could still see all the major attractions the city has to offer from our viewpoint and stood in silence taking in the beauty in front of us before heading to the final stop – the top of the tower.
With only the antenna above us, we were as high as we could go and boy the views were so rewarding. Mr ESLT was at one point a little bit wobbly as we were caught by the wind and swayed side to side for a moment or so but he soon forgot his fear and embraced the experience fully and to celebrate my birthday bought us both a glass of pink champagne from the champagne bar located at the top, we toasted to my birthday, our trip and the experience of finally visiting somewhere I had dreamt about since I was a little girl. Whilst we were up there we even saw a guy go down on one knee and propose to his lovely lady – how romantic! If Mr ESLT and I weren’t already married I would have been beyond jealous.
As you can see we had a fabulous time visiting the Eiffel Tower and would visit again in a heartbeat, in fact, Paris in general is on our ‘to re-visit’ list as we only really scratched the surface of whats on offer there. It really is a beautiful city with so much to see and do (oh and eat of course!). Have you visited Paris? We’d love to know what your favourite attraction was. And if you haven’t visited yet – what is on your must-see list?
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