Eiffel Tower Paris France
The Eiffel Tower was built in 1887 as the entrance arch to the Exposition Universelle, the World’s Fair. The engineer, Gustave Eiffel, prepared its unique design to enable it to take the high wind velocity at the height of 324 meters even if it allows for a sway of 2-3 inches
in high wind. The ‘eyesore’ for the Parisians at the time of its construction is now a monument linked to many historical events and structure that represents France, and more particularly Paris, all over the world.
With well over 67 hundred thousand tourists in the year 2006, Eiffel Tower is a must visit for anyone going to Paris. The tower has three stories, with the first two accessible by stairs and lifts while the top floor is only accessible by lifts. With the popularity of the monument, you can expect to face queues but the end view from the top of the tower is a worthwhile experience.
The view is not all the Eiffel Tower offers though, there is a skating rink on the first floor during winters and the facility is free to use. Apart from the rink, there is the Altitude 95 on the first floor, a restaurant able to cater to up to 200 people. The second floor has a reservations only restaurant, with a private lift, for people looking for the perfect candle lit dinner. In addition, a post office, a photo studio and souvenir shops are all scattered over the first two floors of the tower. The view from the top, as expected, is phenomenal but the one from the grounds around the tower is no less intimidating, yet splendid. The highlights of the display are the lights that sparkle to mark the Eiffel Tower in the skyline for a few minutes every hour during the night.