Eiffel.

I remember our disappointment, when we were standing in line to get on top of the Eiffel tower and the staff announced that it wasn’t possible to go to the top because of the strong wind that day. In my opinion, the Eiffel is the symbol of Paris, and I dreamed of conquering its top ever since I was a little kid.

approaching Eiffel

approaching Eiffel

As we were standing in line, devastated of the news (I think the “first floor” is kind of equivalent for the height of the Arc de Triomphe, so it wasn’t a great deal to us), we took a few shots of Paris’s powerful symbol.

Eiffel up-close

Eiffel up-close

We finally got into the elevator that  stopped at the first floor. Even though our original sadness was still present, we were also glad and happy that we’ve at least made it this far.

in the middle of Eiffel

in the middle of Eiffel

As we were walking around, looking through small souvenir shops, I noticed some people get into the elevator and go up. Our heart stopped when we found out that they were letting people up because the storm had calmed down a bit. We immediately purchased our tickets (ours were only available for the mid-floor), and with hearts beating faster and faster we ascended to the top of the Eiffel tower. And what a view it had to offer! I’ll leave you with the photos so you can decide for yourselves, but I’ve gotta tell you: it took my breath away.

streets of Paris from above

streets of Paris from above

the Seine and the business district seen from the Eiffel tower

the Seine and the business district seen from the Eiffel tower

Notre Dame from above

Notre Dame from above

Paris with an astonishing view

Paris with an astonishing view

the Sacre Coeur seen from the Eiffel tower

the Sacre Coeur seen from the Eiffel tower

lovely view from the Eiffel

lovely view from the Eiffel

When we decided to go down, we actually went by foot. I have a great fear of heights, but my friends convinced me that in order to defeat it, I needed to face it. So that I did, with shaking legs, but I can definitely say that it was worth it, because my fear of heights has decreased over the years, and the Eiffel was the place I started to defeat it. 🙂

So tell me, what do you think? Is it worth it to go all the way to the top of the Eiffel?

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