Enchante ! This is how the French would say how nice it was to meet you. But when the time came to meet the world-famous Eiffel Tower (la Tour Eiffel) on my recent visit to Paris, I was practically speechless, teary-eyed even and totally enchanted.
If there was ever a moment in my travels so poignant and exhilarating, it would have been the time when I first had a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. Our visit to this French landmark came about on my second day in Paris. When I arrived the day before, I was already enthralled with the marvelous city that is Paris, I forgot about the next day’s itinerary which include the musee du louvre and the Eiffel Tower. I never knew that I was in for a wonderful surprise !
I was under the spell of the Eiffel Tower for I don’t know how long. I was just fixated. I marveled and gazed at this amazing structure so high that we had to wait for quite sometime for the fog to show its captivating beauty.
Never have I felt a feeling so strange, it was wonderful. I hope my photos give justice to the beauty of Eiffel Tower. It really just took my breath away. J’aime la Tour Eiffel.
My first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower half covered with fog. Even nature played along in giving me a ‘suspenseful’ vantage point of the tower.
This moment was so special. I was in awe. After traveling half-way around the world. I was only a few meters away from another dream to come true. Thanks to Gustave Eiffel for designing this world-class masterpiece. It is a gift to humanity and the pride of France.
At the foot of the Eiffel. The first level is 57 meters high and can be reached by taking the elevator or walk up 345 steps.
The 2nd level is at 115 meters or 376 feet. It is (only) 359 steps above the first level or a few minutes via the elevator.
- View from the Trocadero. I patiently waited for the fog to reveal the Eiffel in all its glory.
Finally, after quite sometime, the Eiffel Tower revealed itself. This tower was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889, and to commemorate the centennial of the Revolution
At the height of 320 meters or 1,051 feet, the tower stood as the world’s tallest building until 1931 when New York’s Empire State was built.
The tower was sternly decried by 19th-century aesthetes. Who knew that this would have become one of the world’s most popular landmarks. This was from the river Seine.
The 3rd level of the tower is 899 feet above the ground. That is where that beam of light is coming from. It can hold 800 people at a time.
The Eiffel Tower can be seen from every direction when at the heart of the world’s most romantic city.
The Eiffel Tower is adored by millions from all over the world and makes a wonderful backdrop for group photos like this together with my friends.
It is gold, it is rich, it is the one and only la Tour Eiffel
Eiffel Tower is truly enchanting.