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Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower at night

 

The Eiffel Tower as seen from the Champ-de-Mars

 

During one of many my stop over in Paris I made the journey to visit City of Paris.  From Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) I took the Air France’s shuttle bus No.2 from terminal 2A to the Arch or Triumph.  It cost only Euro13 for one journey and Euro20 for return journey.  Upon arrived at the Arch of Triumph at 9.00am, city of Paris still very calm as in summer season still early for business activities becomes active.  My first target was to visit icon of the world architecture, Eiffel Tower.  From there I strolled along the streets in Paris until I reach my destination.  The distance covered quite extensive but being enjoyed having look at the beautiful buildings architecture and activities of Parisian in the morning. 

 

Gustave Eiffel, busy at work 

 

View of Eiffel Tower from east pillar

 

The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside the Seine River in Paris. The tower has become a global icon of France and is one of the most recognizable structures

in the world.  Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris and one of the most recognized structures in the world.  Including the 24 m antenna, the structure is 325 m high (since 2000), which is equivalent to about 81 levels in a conventional building.  Eiffel Tower functions are as Observation tower and for Radio broadcasting tower.

 

Eiffel Tower from below

 

Eiffel Tower Paris

Passenger Elevator ascending up to Level 2

 

The first and second levels are accessible by stairways and lifts. A ticket booth at the south tower base sells tickets to access the stairs which begin at that location. At the first platform the stairs continue up from the east tower and the third level summit is only accessible by lift. From the first or second platform the stairs are open for anyone to ascend or descend regardless of whether they have purchased a lift ticket or stair ticket.

 

Eiffel Tower Paris

Ticket Booth at West Pillar. Ticket prices to Level 3 is EUR11.50, up to Level 2 cost at EUR7.80, and only to Level 1 will cost you EUR4.50 

 

The actual count of stairs includes 9 steps to the ticket booth at the base, 328 steps to the first level, 340 steps to the second level and 18 steps to the lift platform on the second level. When exiting the lift at the third level there are 15 more steps to ascend to the upper observation platform. The step count is printed periodically on the side of the stairs to give an indication of progress of ascent.

 

Northwest view from the Level 2 of Eiffel Tower, across the River Seine, showing the Trocadéro gardens and the Palais de Chaillot 

 

Another view from Level 3  

 

The passenger lifts from ground level to the first level are operated by cables and pulleys driven by massive water-powered pistons. As they ascend the inclined arc of the legs, the elevator cabins tilt slightly, but with a slight jolt every few seconds, in order to keep the floor nearly level.  The elevator works are on display and open to the public in a small museum located in one of the four tower bases

 

View of Paris City from Level 3 

 

Another view of Paris and Seine river 

 

The co-architects of the Eiffel Tower are Emile Nouguier, Maurice Koechlin and Stephen Sauvestre.

 

Seine river and Paris city from Eiffel Tower 

 

Another view of Seine river, the boats cruising along the river 

 

The structure was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World’s Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution.  The tower was inaugurated on March 31, 1889, and opened on 6 May 1889.

 

Eiffel Tower Paris

Asia countries situated at eastern side of Eiffel Tower.  Distances of the cities from Paris displays here 

 

Eifeel Tower Paris

Eiffel Tower as seen from Seine River

 

 

mamadou

7 responses to “Eiffel Tower, Paris

  1. Pingback: Our trip to La Tour Eiffel-Mon., Sept.21, 2009 « Parisfrancelady's Blog

  2. mamadou September 5, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Assalamu’alaikum Fauziah

    Eiffel Tower not only icon for Paris but icon for engineering and architecture too. There is one try to imitate but not success to attract people. I am not sure whether I went to that tunnel as I walked through out Paris from Arch of Triumph……..such wonderful view during summer.

    Thanks for your visit and a good words

  3. Fauziah Ismail September 5, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Salam Mamadou
    Ah yes, the much visited icon. You can get a nice picture of yourself with the Eiffel Tower in the background if you go across the river to the street (underground tunnel) where Diana died. I discovered this on my third visit to Paris.
    Besides the Eiffel Tower, I like Notre Dame. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is of course a fiction but it is by far one of my favourite classics.

  4. mamadou September 3, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Assalamu’alaikum Ayoh Awi

    I so lucky to have that opportunity during my course of work and travel around a few continents, but have to sacrifice a few things too

    Thank you for your good word.

  5. mohdzawi September 3, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Salam mamadou,
    Seperti uncleawang sebut terdahulu Paris adalah impian semua orang. I hope to do it next year. Lucky you to have done Paris.

  6. mamadou September 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Assalamu’alaikum Uncle Awang

    When I was in Paris I saw and met with many faces of nationality. Such a great opportunities to visit and explore the historical and beautiful of Paris. BTW this year, I have the chance to have Ramadhan with my family after 3years. Thanks for your visit and comment.

  7. uncleawang September 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Salam,
    Paris..ada lah impiann setiap pelancong.Agak nya bila nak sampai sana…btw Thanks fr sharing with us yr visit to wonderful Eiffel Tower.So nampak nya sambut Ramadhan kat Paris..Selamat ber Puasa.

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