So, you can’t go to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower. You can’t really miss it if you’re on that side of the city. It really is tall and quite deceptive – 324 metres or in old money 1,063ft. It was the tallest building in the world for 41 years until the Chrysler building was built in 1930 in New York. It is also the most visited paid monument in the world with a mega 6.98 million visitors in 2011.
The tower is of an iron lattice design and located on the Champ de Mars. The name was given to the tower from the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Built in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s fair t was initially criticised by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, many called for it to be demolished.
The day we arrived was the 14th July – a big celebration day in France – Bastille day. Translated back to French this is La Fête nationale.
Bastille day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France.
We where not disappointed by the firework display which started just after 23:00hrs and finished around 23:50hrs. I even got a few good photos and a little video – all can be seen below.
When we arrived at the Novotel Hotel we didn’t really know what to expect of Paris or even Bastille Day. We set off for a walk towards the tower and noticed the streets getting busy with some even blocked off by police. Later in the evening I thought it would be rude to walk past another bistro / bar and not sample a beer – wowzers €19 for a beer – it was a litre though. Le Grande bier…… Not long after the firework celebrations began, this I don’t really need to explain. The photos and short film will show this.
The following day we decided to visit the tower and go to the top, unfortunately the top was closed. On route there was a couple just married having photos taken close to the tower – I managed a couple of sneaky photos. After a 2 hour queue we arrived on the second floor via the lift. Blimey its still really high from here. A few pics up here and we decended the 300 steps to the first floor for a look round and then again 300 steps to the bottom.
Eiffel tower is a fantastic attraction to visit, well recommended. It would have been easy to spend a lot longer up there but we had other places to go and next was the Arc De Triomphe, but that’s for another blog……..enjoy the photos……..
Before the fireworks.
The firework show.