I Can See for Miles and Miles...Oh Yeah!

Trip Start Oct 19, 2012
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Trip End Oct 26, 2012


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Ieffel tower

Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

As I walked down the Avenue Duquesne the thing that became more obvious as I walked closer to the Eiffel Tower was that this structure is massive in size. The closer I got to the Tower the more impressive it became.  All the PBS shows I have watched over the years really do not do it justice. The Eiffel Tower nicknamed the" la dame de fer" or the "Iron Lady” is located at the Champ de Mars in Paris.  It is the most visited paid monument in the world with over 7 million visitors in 2011.  The Eiffel Tower also stands 1,050 feet tall which is about the same size of an 81 story building. 

The Tower has three different levels for visitors to ascend to.  Walking from ground level to the first level you have the pleasure of walking up 300 steps.  You also get to walk up another 300+ steps from the first level to the second level.   Once I walked the bottom of the Tower it was more than evident that I was going to take the steps.  The elevator that is also available is for old ladies and little children, and I wanted no part in that.  I wanted the full experience.  As I ascended up the stairs the first thing I noticed was that I really did not find myself getting tired.  I found myself looking all around because the stairs were not enclosed but you were enclosed by a sort of steel curtain so you just end up looking all around you and the higher you got the more fascinating Paris looked. 

Once I got to the first tier I could have taken a break, got a glass of wine and look out over the city.  I choose to keep marching up.  I can get wine on the way down.  After climbing another 300+ steps I found myself on the second tier and I was super amazed at the view of Paris from the vantage point.  I also found myself sweating to death.  I guess those steps got the better of me the second time around. 

At this point I thought I might be done climbing the Tower.  From here on out you have to take an elevator the rest of the way in order to get to the third and final tier.  I looked up many times and debated not going up for a good forty five minutes.  The issue was not wanting to go but the elevator.  I hate elevators with glass walls.  When I was 6 years old I had the pleasure of going up the CN Tower in Toronto and it literally shot you up to the top in an all glass elevator.  Needless to say, six year old Dave-o did not like that and I cried all the way to the top.  I was in no mood to recreate that memory today.  However, after looking at the line of tweens, teens and screwheads I figured if they can do so can I.  Plus, I may never get a chance to do this again so I better suck it up and get in that elevator.  After waiting in a line for about half an hour it was my turn to be shoved into an elevator with twenty two other people.  I focused on a backpack worn by some geek in front of me.  No way was I looking out that window. 

Once I got to the top I raised my hands in a classic Richard Nixon victory signal right before he left the White House for the last time.  Ho ho I made it.  I can honestly say the ride was worth it.  The view was out of this world.  It was almost surreal that I was in Paris at the Eiffel Tower.  The best 13 euros I spent all year! 

Once I made it back down to the first tier I got that glass of wine.  I really did not want that wine but I felt I owed it to Paris to have drink at the Eiffel Tower!
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Joe on

Hey, I was with you on that CN Tower ride. I don't seem to remember the tears.

dcdave100
dcdave100 on

Oh yeah well you and Rob tried to keep me calm. I was about ready to lose it and have a meltdown in the elevator. I think Rob calmed me down.

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