A Day With The Eiffel Tower

It’s such a strange phenomenon to be able to actually see and touch something that, for the longest time, seemed like such a far-off dream. Even now, two months after our trip to Paris, it’s hard for me to fathom the fact that I was on top of the Eiffel Tower and looking down on Paris. In fact, I believe I only have photo of me with the Eiffel Tower and it was a pretty bad one, haha, so if the saying “it’s not true unless there’s a picture” is anything to live by, apparently everything I said is false! Haha.

In any case, you can’t go to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower (or La Tour Eiffel, as the locals call it). You might recall we had an amazing view from our  Hyatt Regency  hotel room. Even as we rode the Metro trains, the tower would duck in between buildings constantly.

The question then becomes –

Is it necessary to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower?

No, it’s not. When you’re up as high as 580 feet, the world below you seems so small that you can’t even differentiate what is what. It was also SO windy up there that all I wanted to do was take a few photographs on the fenced deck and duck back inside where you can see a timeline of how the structure was built.

Even though it was not a necessary experience to make it to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the experience itself was very notable for us as a family, especially since the price was only 17 euros per person. We were all excited to see the famous structure, to make our way to the line (I made the crazy suggestion that we forgo the elevator option and walk the 1,710 steps to the top and was later thankful no one else supported that idea), and to experience the wind whiplashing our face.

Tip: bring warm clothes or at least a scarf to protect the face.

The Best View of the Eiffel Tower

After heading back down (this time, we opted to walk down the stairs starting from the 2nd floor), we crossed the street and walked across the bridge, past the carousel and up the shallow hill, to a huge platform – the Trocadero. There, you’ll see many people walking about and taking photos because THIS is where you’ll get a clear shot of the Eiffel Tower without any buildings obstructing your view.

Walk around the immediate area surrounding the Eiffel Tower and you’ll also have perfect spots for a picnic because it’s one giant park!

We spent a good 5-6 hours that day exploring in and around the Eiffel Tower, making our dreams come true and experiencing a great family adventure.

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22 Comments

  1. August 21, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    Despite being such a massive tourist attraction, there is something so magical about the Eiffel Tower and seeing it in person. Your post makes me miss Paris!

    nat // dignifiable

    • Deasy Noel
      August 22, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Happy to bring you those memories back, Nat!

    • Deasy Noel
      August 22, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Thanks Eloise! Hope you can make it sooner rather than later ;)

  2. Gabrielle
    August 24, 2017 / 4:06 am

    Great tip to bring something to wrap around/over your face to protect yourself from the wind so high up, I would have totally forgotten about that! I love your photo of the steps going down from the Eiffel Tower; such an unique perspective :)

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • Deasy Noel
      August 25, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Gabrielle!

  3. August 24, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Great pictures! I’m glad too that you decided to skip the stairs on the way up. lol! Great post!
    -Noelle
    Elle-no.com

    • Deasy Noel
      August 25, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      I hope you can make it one of these days, Elena!

  4. LuxeStyle
    August 25, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    The view looks incredible, although the strong wind doesn’t sound so great lol! How fab that you can get such good views of the Eiffel Tower from that platform x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  5. coatandcoffee
    August 26, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I totally believe that going to the top is worth it! However waiting in line is not. I always opt to walk the first few floors, which is usually a MUCH shorter line. I couldn’t imagine not going all the way to the top though. It’s such a great experience! I like that you gave some tips on seeing the Eiffel Tower from another angle. That’s genius!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  6. August 29, 2017 / 9:42 am

    I studied abroad in Paris for four months and I admit I didn’t go up the eiffel tower once. I had years ago when my family first visited the city of lights but once I lived there i didn’t make it up. I wish I had gone up but instead I got to enjoy the view of Eiffel Tower from the top of Sacre Couer =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    • Deasy Noel
      August 29, 2017 / 10:25 am

      It’s always interesting what locals do vs. what tourists do. I live in LA and have never hiked up to the Hollywood sign. Priorities are definitely different!

  7. August 29, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    Great post ! I went up to the Eiffel tower and thought it was really nice ! However if the line to go is very long I would say don’t waste your time !

  8. August 30, 2017 / 6:46 am

    I love Paris and the Trocadero is also my favourite spot to take photos of the Eiffel Tower. I love your photos and funny enough, having been to Paris 4 times, I still haven’t gone up the Eiffel Tower. He asked the last time we went and I wanted to wait until we return when it wasn’t winter lol I’ll have to do that with the husband next time we go back. :)

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

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