Good Food, Great Wine...Nap Time!
by Genevieve, Local Expert
There is no better way to unwind after a day at university than to relax at a picnic with twenty or so other friends on the lawn under the Eiffel Tower. I love the beautiful summer sky in Paris - the clouds always paint such a beautiful picture.
BYO baguettes, wine and blankets.
The Eiffel Tower Goes Green
by Lindsey Tramuta, AFAR Contributor
124 years after opening to the public, Paris's wrought-iron beacon is undergoing a 25 million euro eco-makeover this year in the hopes of reducing its carbon footprint and energy costs by 30%. Perched 57 meters above ground, the first floor platform will be entirely revamped as a 'wandering' atrium, outfitted with glass floors and railings for disabled access. Wind and hydro turbines and solar panels will also be installed on this floor and by the end of construction (between now and December 2013),the floor will be equipped with 95% LED lighting.
The city of Paris is committed to making the capital a more sustainable, ecological place to live and visit and it's exciting to watch as their numerous plans unfurl before me. Keep your eye out for these changes - climbing the tower will soon lead to an entirely new viewing experience.
The Eiffel Tower, A French Icon
by Nyssa C., Local Expert
I had a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower from my apartment in Paris. The illuminating sparkle of the moon stood dim in front of the brilliance of the tower. Named after its architect Gustave Eiffel, the tower remains as one of most visited tourist destinations and the global face of France. You can expect mile-long queues at any time of the day to reach the peak of the tower in the glass-lined elevators. You also have the option of taking the stairs, which you can imagine takes forever, but offers a much more comprehensive and closer look at the marvel, which is amazing, especially at night when it lights up. There are three tiers, each floor offering a different, yet brilliant view of Paris. There are extended operation hours in the summertime due to the heavy influx of tourists. It would be a travesty to visit Paris and not experience the unparalleled splendor of the Eiffel Tower.
by AFAR Traveler
An iconic tourist destination, the Eiffel Tower is a must see on the bucket list of travel agendas. The thrill of climbing to the top of the tower makes the breathtaking view of the landscape of Paris that much more satisfying. The greenery and walkways surrounding the tower are a couples romantic day dream, but equally as rewarding to appreciate solo. I am hoping to one day return and picnic on the grass with a good bottle of wine.
Paris with Children
by Gina London
When we lived in Paris, Lulu was only two. She loved the "Tour Eiffel," Why? Because that's where some wonderful playgrounds are for kids. Head away from the crowds near Trocadero and go toward L'Ecole Militaire. You'll find two playgrounds full of climbing equipment, a Cinderella (Cendrillion) coach, and sandboxes. In the summer, there are go-carts for the older kids and a large basketball court. Paris is for lovers, but kids can have a great time too!
Eiffel Tower and carousel
by Josh Daugherty
We had 22 hours in Paris and I simply could not get enough of the tower. It was just astounding to me. This thing that looks as though it landed from somewhere in space has stood for over a century. It's structurally perfect, aesthetically beautiful and historically enchanting. I was hooked. And I shot it from so many angles. Some of which friends of mine have said they've never seen before. (I find that a bit hard to believe. After all, it's the Eiffel Tower). Anyway, there are a couple more shots on my website: www.picsbyjosh.com
Base of the Eiffel Tower - Paris
by Lynne Nieman
Paris has so many "must do's". There is so much to see. The Eiffel Tower is on everyone's list. As much fun as it was to go up it, I really enjoyed walking around the base of it, looking up at it, looking at the structure of it. Visually, it's so interesting and there are countless possibilities for photographs. This is a favorite of mine. Just remember: when you go to the Eiffel Tower, be sure to take the time to walk around it and look up at it...don't just go up it and take in the views from the top (though the views are fab!). You never know what you might see.
Parisian Perspectives: Eiffel Tower
by Zac McCloskey
I have fallen in love with Paris more than once, and each time the city is harder and harder to leave. What about it makes it so enduring to our hearts?
A family friend and lifelong Parisian, was entrusted with showing me around for a day. He said it perfectly, "[Paris] it's like a woman, you know, its perfect at first, intoxicating, swallowing your heart whole. Now, once you are inside there are a few flaws and shortcomings, however this makes you love her even more."
The Eiffel Tower can be a little overwhelming for some travelers. The constant stream of tour busses coming and going, the lines, the vendors, the crowds, etc.
Instead, take your time, arrive early in the morning. Pierre, my guide for the day, took me on a wonderful walking tour of the neighborhood he used to live in. Walking up Avenue De Suffren, I was lead away from the tower. Turning down another street, Rue Depleix, towards the stunning Church of Saint-Lèon. There is a nice little park in front of the church. A neighborhood park filled with children who call these streets home.
Walking back to the Parc Du Champ De Mars, I was excited to get to the tower. Meandering around the park, Pierre told me about the history of the tower and how soon enough the popularity forced his father to sell his flat, he hated the crowds.
Finally, by midday we had arrived to the top of the tower. The views were breathtaking, especially since I knew a little something about the neighborhood I was gazing down upon.
Eiffel Tower Sun Rays - Paris
by Lynne Nieman
The Eiffel Tower. Probably one of the most recognizable structures in the world. It is pretty cool to look at and marvel at the engineering of it. While going to the top is a must at least once, I really enjoyed walking under it and around it, looking at the details of this iconic tower. I happened to catch the sun in just the right spot and got this fun image. Do go to the Eiffel Tower and do go up it. But, don't forget to spend some time on the ground walking around it. You never know what you might see.
Heading into the belly of the tower
by Chrissy S.
I didn't have the patience to wait in the long winding lines to go to the top, nor did I have the foresight to book tickets in advance on-line. I did, however, get to see the magnificent structure up close. For all the photographs of the tower that pop up in people's photo albums, there really is nothing like seeing it in person.