Although the trip should have lasted much longer, the day we climbed the Eiffel Tower had to be our last full day in Paris. Still not feeling great from what I thought was just a bit of man flu my friend and I spent the day wandering the streets of Paris and taking in a few more of the sights.
Considering the first time we went to the Eiffel Tower it was barely visible due to fog we decided to give it another go today. Being careful not to get sucked in to the fake charity collections happening around the tower we made our way through the crowds gathered at the bottom of the tower.
As we had spent most of the day wandering the streets and taking in the sights it was getting dark by the time we reached the Eiffel Tower. The queues had died down a lot since earlier in the day but they were still pretty long.
As we were standing in the queue we would take it in turns for one person to stand there and the other to go off for a walk to stay active and keep warm. We chose to walk up the tower rather than get the elevator just so we could tell people we actually climbed the tower rather than going the cheats way. Be careful not to wander too far if you’re doing something similar as everybody who wants a ticket to climb the tower has to be present in order to do so.
We probably queued for around 2 hours before reaching the ticket booth but we didn’t have any other plans for the night so I didn’t mind too much. The Eiffel tower is something on my bucket list that I really wanted to do so I would have stood for many more hours just to get to the top.
On the walk up you’re pretty enclosed so you can’t see much from the stairwells but from the increasing strength of the wind and dropping temperatures you know you’re getting higher. We tried not to stop while climbing the first flight of stairs as we’d never get started again. Dashing in and out of other tourists while they take breaks on the climb the only time we had to stop was when there was an American girl sprawled out on the stairs crying hysterically from the fear of heights.
On the first floor of the Eiffel Tower we were amazed to see a full ice rink up there with a disco happening on the ice. We stopped to get a few photos on the first floor but made a sharp exit on to the stairs for the next level. We didn’t pass anybody on this flight of stairs as a lot of people were jumping on to the elevator now that the wind had picked up some incredible speeds.
The second floor was a lot like the first in terms of the view so again undeterred we made our way to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower.
The elevator to the top floor requires you to pay extra to ride but thankfully there’s a ticket booth on the 2nd floor which means you don’t have to walk all of the way down and then back up again!
As it was raining and the winds were getting stronger they had closed the stairwell off from the 2nd floor to the top floor so we had to pay to ride in the elevator. They were cramming as many of us in to the elevator as they could and as we started to move every person had their heads cocked back to see the view out of the glass roof. I turned to my friend and we both gave a little ‘my god, we’re climbing the Eiffel tower’ laugh to each other and then carried on watching.
The view from the top floor was amazing. I’m afraid of heights but because of the size of the railings up there I didn’t fear at all. At one point I even leaned as far as I could to get a photo of the base of the tower from the top. At certain spots of the tower the wind was blowing so hard it could quite easily knock you over if you weren’t paying attention, but then again at some points of the tower there was no breeze at all.
It was only while we were standing at the top of the tower did we realise how exhausted we actually were. The icy temperatures had taken it out of us and so we just stood there for a while looking out over Paris. Neither of us said anything for a good quarter of an hour. I can’t compare the view from the night to the view in the day but what you can see at night is so beautiful. When you do go up there be prepared to just stand and take everything in –it’s amazing.