Sunday, June 24, 2012



The Eiffel Tower - One of the most known & loved monuments in the world & yet it started under such protest, & was only meant to be built as a temporary structure for the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair

 We had the privilege to visit it 4 years ago & managed to not only dine there at the Altitude 95 restaurant, but also go all the way to the top during the day & on the last climb for the night.  The laser show at night from the top was amazing - something we will always remember.

The Magnificant View from our Table at Altitude 95

Look at the size of the people underneath, compared to the structure!

It is an stunning monument situated right in the heart of Paris with views as far as the horizon taking in Sacre Coeur , Champs Elysees, Moulin Rouge Theatre & the Arc De Triomphe & so much more.   We could even see where we were staying. 

To stand underneath & gaze up is breathtaking, to say the least; that's when you realize how massive it is - what's more amazing is when you read how it was constructed - even during the snow season & with little machinery.  Like so many historical landmarks in Europe, your mind boggles as to how they physically managed to complete such structures back then.

All I can say is, if you ever have the chance to visit Paris, make sure you go to the Eiffel Tower & take in everything it offers - day & night!

Some Historical facts regarding the 'Eiffel Tower'

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Eiffel Tower
La Tour Eiffel
Record height
Tallest in the world from 1889 to 1930[I]
General information
TypeObservation tower,
Radio broadcasting tower
LocationParis, France
Coordinates48°51′30″N 2°17′40″E / 48.8583°N 2.2945°E / 48.8583; 2.2945
Construction started1887
Opening31 March 1889
Antenna spire324.00 m (1,063 ft)
Roof300.65 m (986 ft)
Top floor273.00 m (896 ft)
Technical details
Floor count3
Design and construction
OwnerCity of Paris, France
ManagementSociété d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE)
ArchitectStephen Sauvestre
Structural engineerMaurice Koechlin,
Émile Nouguier
Main contractorCompagnie des Establissments Eiffel
The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel, [tuʁ ɛfɛl], nickname La dame de fer, the iron lady) is a puddled iron[10] lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Built in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris[11] and the most-visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
The tower stands 320 metres (1,050 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. However, because of the addition, in 1957, of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building. Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.
The tower has three levels for visitors. Tickets can be purchased to ascend, by stairs or lift (elevator), to the first and second levels. The walk from ground level 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 accessible only by lift - stairs exist but they are not usually open for public use. Both the first and second levels feature restaurants.
The tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.

1 comment:

  1. I love your post about the Eiffel Tower. The closest I have gotten to it is the one in Las Vegas at the Paris hotel. It is only exactly have the size and is built to scale. When you go up to the top of it you are up so high, so I can imagine how truly spectacular the real one is. I apologize for not having my hatbox swap be international. I had someone else who wanted to do it be from Australia also, but the gals here are always expressing to me that they do not want to ship internationally. But I will let you know if I change that for a future swap.
    My son is in Australia, living in WA for two years on a mission for our church, he is in the Perth area. He says it has been raining lots lately. He has only been there for two weeks. I miss him so much. thanks for visiting my blog