Furrylittlegnome had spent the morning in Versailles. Instead of transferring trains and stopping at Trocadero to get a wonderful look, gnome exited the Paris RER at Champ de Mars. There, just a short walk away, were the four feet she was expecting the see.
She had never seen the Tour Eiffel up close in daylight. Her previous stops here had always been at night. However, this time, two years ago during a week of bitter cold temperatures and wet weather in April, furrylittlegnome was playing tourguide – showing a fellow blogger, Atleastimnotbitter, the sights and sounds of Paris.
Completed in 1889 for the World’s Fair, and named after the project’s engineer, Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower stands shy of 1,100 feet tall and weighs a whopping 10,000 tons. Every seven years, the structure is given a fresh coat of paint.
The iron lattice tower took two years to complete. It has two restaurants, three viewing areas and built in elevators to whisk tourists to the different vantage points for breath-taking views of the city of lights.
Atleastimnotbitter is afraid of heights, so we viewed the Eiffel Tower from the ground. Furrylittlegnome has to admit, being able to say you’ve been under the Eiffel Tower is quite fun!