The Eiffel Tower

OK, so I am afraid of heights! There. I’ve said it. Now you know.

Linda dragged me up to the top of the Eiffel Tower one evening. Yes, all the way up to that section you see here in this picture. Did I enjoy the ride? No, not one bit. Was I pleased I went? Absolutely! (Thank you Linda for making me do it). We got some wonderful night shots from the top and I’m sure I’ll be posting them in due course. The views are simply amazing, albeit bloody scary.

At the top, you arrive in an enclosed area which is surprising large for something that looks so tiny from the ground (that should tell you how high this thing is). The views from this area are mightily impressive as you can imagine you can see for miles in all direction. The French even posted little signs around the area of well known cities and how many miles away they were from that spot. The scariest part was going outside. You see, there is another section at the top that is open, sure it has a steel mesh fence, but it is still open. Needless to say, Linda just had to get me out onto that section as well. And because of the mesh, I had to go right to the edge to stick my lens through to get any worthwhile shots. Standing THAT high up and THAT close to the edge is a very humbling experience, believe me.

Other than the scary part, the experience was exhilarating and photographically rewarding. This shot below was taken from the second tier, which is only about one third up. Every hour, on the hour, the Eiffel Tower puts on a light show with thousands of blinking lights putting on quite a display.

During the weekends and summer vacation days, the Eiffel Tower can get as many as 30,000 visitors (in one day!). Linda and I can attest to this as we came here on a Saturday and found the lines for tickets to be miles long. We came back on a Tuesday evening (in May so no school vacation) and stood in line for a mere 5 minutes.

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