Exciting Eyeful at the Eiffel

Many of you will know about my “50 before I am 50” list and if you don’t know what I am talking about you can read all about it here!

One of my “things” is to go up the Eiffel Tower. Not a massive thing you might say, well not unless you are petrified of heights like I am…..

My blogger bestie Boo found this out last year on a trip to Prague. We went up the famous astrological clock tower and walker out onto the outside viewing area which wraps around all four sides of a square tower.

Well I say walked outside. I inched along sideways, my back pressed firmly against the wall, staying as far back from the open sections as I could.

Boo noticed my behaviour and said “Are you afraid of heights”?

“Petrified” was my response.

She went on to ask me why I had gone up the tower if I was so frightened. My answer was, I wanted to face my fears and see the stunning City panorama from up high.

And of course there was that old adage of mine, “What’s the worst that could happen?!?”

So here I am again, getting higher and higher in the air as Boo and I experience Paris from the highest viewing platform of the Eiffel Tower!

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From a distance

We had visited Disneyland Paris for Halloween and as we had time to ourselves the next day we had arranged to go to Paris for a tour and look at the sights. We hopped on a train from Marne Le Vallee into Paris for around €17 which allowed us to travel on the Metro and more.

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The old versus the new

We had pre-booked the Eiffel Tower visit online which was a lot cheaper and as we had an assigned time, it meant the rest of the day was free.

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La Belle Eiffel

We arrived at the Tower around 3pm ready for our trip up to the top at 4pm. Security was tight and we had to be scanned and have our bags checked, which I find a great relief that they are taking things so seriously.

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A structural Giant

It was exceedingly busy with people trying to buy tickets and there was a sign stating that due to the amount of visitors, trips to the summit were only available for those who had already booked. We breathed a sigh of relief as that would have been a complete nightmare if I hadn’t been able to complete the challenge!

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The sheer scale of the Eiffel Tower

It was almost 4pm and it was time to head on up.

My knees were shaking (a lot) and I was thankful that there were funiculars to take us up as I don’t think I could have got feet to move if it was all steps.

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The funicular

The funicular stopped at the 2nd floor (etage)  and we got out. To be honest I was already feeling a little out of my league and I was only half way up!

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Simply Beautiful

Boo asked if I wanted to have a walk around the 2nd etage before getting the next lift up to the summit. We went outside and this level had 2 stages to it. We were on the higher “balcony” section meaning there was another level/platform underneath us. This actually gave me a sense of security and I was able to walk around the perimeter, taking photographs and looking out over the sights.

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The Paris Vista

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From the 2nd etage

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The Seine

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Just stunning

Eventually Boo suggested getting the lift to the summit. In we got and off it set.

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At the summit

This was not a lift ride either of us enjoyed, It clicked and clanked and jolted a little and once out, Boo confessed that the ride had petrified her. I agreed, it sounded like the lift was going to plunge us to our death.

However, this now meant that I was actually at the top of the Eiffel Tower!! Again there were two viewing platforms and this time we were on the lower platform.

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I did it! Almost!

We walked around again and I started to feel a bit more comfortable. Instead of looking down, I focused on looking outwards to all the tourist sites that you could see, such as the Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur and The Arc de Triomphe.

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From the top

Of course, although we were at the summit, there was that second level above us. Boo asked if I wanted to go up so I could say I had truly been as high up as a visitor could go.

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A glorious view

I have to admit it did take me a few minutes to decide to go up, but eventually up we went.

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The lighting was perfect!

I was pretty glad we did!

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Views from the very summit

The views were spectacular and there was even a Champagne Bar there too; well it would have been rude not to celebrate such a momentous event, and I ordered a glass of Rose Champagne and jolly nice it was too.

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A Champagne Bar at the top!

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Champagne!

A kind security guard offered to take some photographs to commemorate the event which was lovely.

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Boo and a view!

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We did it!

We spent a good 30 minutes or so on the summit before getting back into the lift to head back down. This time we stopped on the 1st etage as this is where the restaurant and gift shop were based. I was amazed to also see a crazy golf course there too!

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Golf up the Tower

One of the things that I couldn’t simply bear was the section of floor that had been replaced by glass so you could stand on them and look down to the ground far below.

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Glass floor sections.

There was NOT a chance that I was going to stand on those see through sections. Not on your life!

We had a good mooch around and then headed down to Terra Firma.

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The 1st etage

As it was now around 530pm, Boo asked one of the staff what time the Eiffel Sparkle would start. It was due around 6pm so we walked across a very busy intersection to the Trocadero where we found a vantage point and settled down to wait.

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La Tour Eiffel et un Bateaux Mouche

Around fifteen minutes prior , it was almost sundown and the Eiffel Tower was suddenly lit up.

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Time to Shine

Dead on 6 o’clock all the lights started flickering on and off making the Tower sparkle and shine. It really was so very pretty.

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Just sublime

The event lasts around five minutes and happens on the hour, every hour.

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So pretty

Although the temperature had dropped considerably it was worth sitting and waiting for the sparkle to happen.

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Sparkle!

Alas, our day in Paris was drawing to an end and we got on the Metro and RER until it deposited us safely back at Marne Le Vallee and our hotel.

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Just so wonderful

I was really proud of myself for facing my fears and can honestly say that when I was actually at the top, I really enjoyed it. I didn’t feel frightened anymore and I happily walked about.

Whether that has cured me of my fears, only time (and another tall building) will tell.

But if nothing else, I have crossed another challenge off the “50” list.

So, until then…. watch this space for the next challenge!

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  • I really want to travel to Paris and now that I have baby when she’s older I want to go to Disneyland, I have never been!
    xx
    Ingrid
    http://www.ingridhughes.com

  • My daughter went to Paris this year and absolutely loved it, she went up the Eiffel Tower and said it had the most amazing views. I haven’t been myself but I really want to. You should be so proud of what you achieved too, my mum is petrified of heights and she barely wants to come to my flat on the 6th floor xx

  • You are so brave! I’m not sure I could go up there as I’m terrified of heights. What spectacular views though, and that sparkle looks lovely. We are planning Disneyland next year and Paris after so I’ll have to put my big girl pants on and see if I can manage to go up.

  • Well done for facing your fears, the views from the Eiffel Tower are definitely worth it x

  • This is fab that you did it, I have never been but always wanted to go as the place just looks so amazing.

  • Rebecca U

    I have been to Paris a number of times, but never actually been up the eiffel tower – just shocking, right? Stunning photos 🙂

  • I’ve only been to Paris once and we didn’t get very close to the Eiffel tower, I would love to go back and get to explore it better.

  • Jinzo_2400

    Good for you,Tanya!! You looked like you had a great time…my wife hated heights as well and I was so proud of her when she did the Sears Towers with in Chicago with me.

  • Janelle Dominique Swing

    Wow! I’m so proud of you! Facing your fear is one of the most heart-pumping events in your life but once you’ve done it, there’s the irreplaceable rewarding feeling. 🙂

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Well done for challenging yourself. I went up many years ago and it’s a great view.

  • Well done you!! I’m the same…. petrified of heights so going up the eiffel tower would be a big deal for me too. x

  • Woohoo!!! Go girl!! <3 I'm the same with heights – but this year I've been trying to face my fears as well! 🙂 The Eiffel tower looks sooo beautiful in your pics – and those views! Wow! <3 I did go up there once as a kid, but sadly I don't remember it at all! xx

  • Laura Dove

    Oh go you! I’m terrified of heights too but I made it up the Eiffel tower! I LOVE Paris, I really want to go back now!

  • Melanie Edjourian

    OMG you were so brave. I’d never have gone up the Eiffel tower it’s way too high for me. I’d probably have to be sedated as I think I’d be hysterical. I’d love to take the kiddies to Disney Land Paris – it must have been great visiting Disneyland at Halloween.

  • Even looking at your photos is making my stomach do somersaults! Well done for facing your fears and I love that you got to enjoy champagne at the top. I adore Paris so much and your photos of the city make me long to return.

  • KGR

    I’ve climbed the Eiffel Tower and my is it a lot of steps. It was really frustrating when we went as it was so foggy that we couldn’t see much in the distance. Well done for overcoming your fear off heights the champagne was a much deserved reward x

  • Congrats on ticking off #42! I’ve been at the bottom but never up to the top, I was too busy enjoying my crepe!

  • I am also terrified of heights and not once I had to come back from my ” high up adventures” because my knees just gave up and I couldn’t take a step any further. The last place that conquered me was the Carrick-A-Rede bridge in Northern Ireland. I never considered climbing up Eiffel Tower because of this as well. Congrats for doing it! Having a glass of champagne up there in that cute glass must have definitely be an experience.

  • Linda Hobbis

    You’re in my favourite city in the world. I love the Eiffel Tower but it does move in the wind which is a little offputting the first time you experience it.

  • Crystal Gareau

    Wow!!! What a beautiful sight. You have lovely photos.

  • Great that you can face your fears. Living in Austria it has been easy for me to visit Paris and Prague on several occasions. beautiful shots!

  • I went up the Eiffel Tower when I was about 8 or 9 and absolutely loved it!

  • han

    its so great that you managed to face your fears and see the amazing view that you get from the top of the eiffel tour!! Its one of my favourite things in the world – nothing beats it!

  • Super Busy Mum

    What an amazing experience and those views! Just breathtaking.