10/30/2009

Most Hated Monument?

Posted by The Wine Whore |


Although many say that this iconic monument was actually despised by the French, I find it hard to believe that anyone could ever feel this way. The Eiffel Tower, better known to the French as Tour Eiffel, is actually one of the most recognizable and loved structures in the world. When it was built in 1930, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in Paris and is the single most visited paid monument in the world with millions of people ascending it every year. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World's Fair.

No appointment is necessary to visit this structure, but you may want to plan ahead if you want to ascend any of its three levels. You can either take the stairs (not what I would recommend) or the lifts to the first and second levels. The walk to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. The third and highest level is only accessible by lift.

Elevator Down the Tower:


During my trip, I decided to tackle this ginormous tower. The entire trip took up an entire morning and was filled with bone chilling breezes carrying periodically piercing thorns of rain. In the end, it was all worth it just to see the view from the top. Paris is such an amazing city, especially when you can see if from the clouds.





The best view could be seen from my Hotel room balcony at the top of every hour after sunset. It may not be a star in the sky, but it still inspired me to make a wish:





Cheers!


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1 comments:

OneGreatSmile said...

Ooh, la la~ oui,Oui,OUI!!

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