Sunday 10 March 2013

Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. The Tower is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower for the 1889 Exposition Universelle.

It took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to build this veritable technical and architectural Tower.

A few facts and figures:
  • Almost 7 million people visit the Tower annually, 75% of whom are foreigners
  • The Tower is 324 metres high (including its antennas)
  • There are 20,000 bulbs (5,000 on each side) which glitter for 5 minutes every hour on the hour, from nightfall until 1am.
  • You will have to climb 1,665 steps on the East staircase to reach the top

We booked to join the night tour of the Tower.

Eiffel Tower at night
We had low cloud at the same time, so you'll see the further up the Tower we went, the cloudier it got. Here a some pictures of the view from the second floor.

The River Seine

Le Arc de Triomphe

The River Seine

We found a Champagne Bar on the top floor. It would have been rude not to have Champagne whilst we were in the Eiffel Tower.

Santé from Tour Eiffel

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