How we ended up traveling to Europe in December of 2016 remains an enigma to me.
In 2015, my youngest child began with his obsession of drawing the Eiffel Tower just for kicks. He drew this on cartolina, bond paper, board paper, etc. (the list goes on and on). He placed his drawings everywhere in the house, would talk about it on end, and would express his intention to visit the actual Eiffel Tower. He copied a variation of images off from youtube tutorial videos. He even compelled us to buy him some miniature tower replicas in the mall.
Lo and behold, my parents decided to bring us all to Paris, France with side trips to Kaiserslautern, Germany (where my aunt lives) and Brussels, Belgium in December of 2016. Talk about self-fulfilling prophecy.
Naturally, when we were in Paris, he had the time of his life. At first, we never really intended to visit the actual tower. The rest of us were pretty much satisfied to just take photos fronting this monument. However, he is a very insistent boy and through his theatrics of crying, whining, and more crying, we went there despite the extremely cold temperature. It’s a good thing that he encouraged (more like forced) us because more than fulfilling our child’s dream, this surreal experience was beyond breathtaking and worth the trip and long queue.
Here stands our man of the hour, the happiest boy on the planet, for having gotten his way 🙂 See that cheeky and proud smile of his?
Constructed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exhibition, the Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris and human genius for the world to see.
Above you will see the Eiffel Tower from afar and then here’s another closer daytime and nighttime view of the tower.
While you have options to get your ticket via viator or klook as well as direct with http://www.toureiffel.paris, we went the traditional route and lined up alongside most tourists at the entrance of the Eiffel Tower at the Esplanade (although it would probably be just better to get your tickets online to save you the trouble of being in queue for a long period of time as we were in line for a little over 30 minutes). After the long wait, we were led to an elevator that brought us up to the tower. There was another line here because they can only fit a certain number of people per elevator ride.
On the first floor is a transparent flooring. It’s 57 meters from the ground. Surrounding the tower are elements about the different aspects of the tower such as screens, touch screens, displays, digital albums, and reproductions though we were not able to personally see these as we were lead to another floor. Between the months of December and February, an ice skating rink is put up here for the enjoyment of people. Using the facility is free of charge to those with Eiffel tower tickets.
On the second floor, you will get to see views of key French sceneries and landmarks. There are also restaurants and shops on this floor. This is where we ended up going. The gorgeous view that surrounded us was definitely something.
The top floor is 276 meters up with only the antennae above it. A replica of the tower from 1889, panoramic maps, and Gustave Eiffel’s office with wax models of him and his daughter Claire welcoming Thomas Edison may be seen here. There is also a champagne bar offering either rose or white champagne.
Above are more views of Paris although I can’t really tell where the Louvre or Notre Dame is here.
What’s Paris without the Eiffel Tower right? I am glad my son paved the way for having us visit this place up close. I am grateful too for my very generous and loving parents who helped make this trip possible.
- Get your Schengen Visa via VSF-Global (for Filipinos living in Manila). Here is the complete address: VSF Global Services Philippines Private, Inc. Mezzanine Floor Unit M01 Ecoplaza Building 2305 Chino Roces Avenue Extension Makati City, Metro Manila 1231. Special assistance (for an extra amount) is extended to those who need to fast track their visa application. Do take note that VSF Global also caters to other visa applications for other countries.
- Consider flying Emirates because it is one of the cheapest couriers to Europe. Our stopover over was in Dubai.
- In Paris, since food prices are usually a bit expensive, why not get your food from the grocery where it’s a tad bit cheaper. Monop is one of the grocery options in the area.
- Be careful in selecting water because most of their offerings are of the sparkling variety.
- For souvenirs and other knick knacks, pay Monoprix a visit.