Full of Iron – in Paris


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.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

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.

Construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Construction of the Eiffel Tower – Photograph courtesy of The New York Times

Three levels of the Eiffel Tower

Elevators inside the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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!

Underneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Directly underneath the Eiffel Tower

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2 Responses to Full of Iron – in Paris

  1. Hi, I have gone up to the top of Eiffel Tower a few times. It provides an amazing view from there. If you are interested to know more about it’s construction, try “Eiffel’s Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris’s Beloved Monument and the Extraordinary World’s Fair That Introduced It” by Jill Jonnes. It’s not a great book – by does provide sufficient information. Thanks for visiting my website. Jo

  2. Thanks for the information and for visiting furrylittlegnome! Furry has only been to the top of the Eiffel Tower at night time so she hasn’t been able to take in the view. She has been to the top of the Arc de Triomphe (future post) and has thought the 360 degree view of Paris was stunning!

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