Today I wanted to be a real tourist again and visit the Eiffel Tower. As I was told yesterday, standing in line is on thing you have to be prepared to do. But coming early might get you a chance to get in faster.
The information I got was, that the tower opens at 9 am. So I was there at 8:30 and I was first in line. Some Indian people were joining me. As it happened, the tower opened at 9:30 (summer was over) and luckyly I had a book with me, reading while waiting. A lot of people asking where the line for the tickets was, and YES it is over there, behind some few hundret people.
17 Euro to get to the top. An Ok price I think. Just when the tower opened, it started to rain. But but… I’m here so I will do it. Entering elevator no. 1, that gets you up to level 2 (you can walk, but it is a looooot of stairs.
Then I had to change elevators, to get up to the top (the tower is 324 meters high). Just hoping the elevator will hold – it is a long way down. Finaly on top, the rain and wind have started for real. Not the best place to be outside at the moment. Getting a glimps of my surroundings and evacuating one floor down, which is surroundet by walls with windows. Must be an amazing view with a clear sky.
After som watching and photographing trough the windows (a polar filter is a good tip here) taking the elevator down to floor no. 2. Sill 100 meter above Paris, the weather is a little better and so is the view. Taking a lot of pictures, buying som postcards for the family until I finaly take the elavator down to the ground floor. Leaving the tower with a good view over hundrets of people waiting to do the same as I did.
The whole day lies ahead… still raining.
TIP: Be early or buy you ticket for the Eiffel Tower online, but it has to be WAYYYY in advance. Take the Metro no. 6 to get there, but exit at Tocadero. There are less people getting out there, less people who want to sell you crap, ad from the stairs you get a great view and pohoto motive on the Eiffel Tower!