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.