Since the weather turned into such a nice day, we changed our plan of just wandering around the city and went to the Eiffel Tower.
We decided to follow the suggestion I’d read online of walking up the first two levels of the tower to avoid the gigantic line ups for the elevator only route. When we got close, I looked up the instructions again and we headed to the South corner lineup. In the end, it only took us 30 minutes to get tickets and we were on our way.
The first level only took us 10 minutes to walk up. Once at that level, we found tables, chairs and a restaurant up there. We grabbed a table and had the lunch we brought with us. I went to the restaurant/bar and asked for a Coke. The cashier asked for €5 euros. Needless to say, I wasn’t paying the equivalent of $6.50 for a 500ml bottle of Coke so it’s still there!
After lunch, we continued up the tower. It took close to 15 minutes to complete this leg of the journey. Such a nice view of the city from up there. As part of our walking up ticket, we could take the elevator up to the top level. So, we got in line for elevator. It took close to 25 minutes before we finally got our turn to go up. It’s a glass walled elevator that takes you right up the centre of the tower.
What a spectacular view. Some of the photos I’ve included don’t do it justice. It was very tight quarters up there. We quickly snapped off a bunch of photos from around all sides and found the elevator down to the 2nd level again. From there, we walked to the bottom again. In all, we spent close to 3 hours on the tower.