“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
I briefly mentioned my visit to the Eiffel Tower in Week 1 of my Travel Blogging Challenge. If you haven’t read it, I only had about thirty minutes to see it (so sad!) due to unfortunate circumstances. I will tell that story in full detail during Week 16 of my Travel Blogging Challenge (Scary/Cool Travel Stories). Until then, I’m keeping the story short and upbeat to get on with the main focus of this post.
We originally had a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower planned, which included a guide to talk to us at each level and tell us the history of the tower, etc. We also had passes to skip the line. Unfortunately, we had to cancel that tour and therefore lost the passes. We thought we’d have to forfeit the Eiffel Tower altogether and that was so devastating. You can’t go to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower. It’s the focal point of the city. I had flown all the way across the Atlantic Ocean and was literally down the street from the tower and wouldn’t get to see it. Or so I thought. (This is a photo my friend took of me when we thought we wouldn’t get to see the tower – sorry for how I look, that was a rough day.) We did, however, miss out on the catacombs that I was so excited to see. One of my favorite thrillers, As Above, So Below, was filmed in them!
A wave of good fortune came over us that allowed us to have a bit of time to travel to the top of the Eiffel. The wait in line surprisingly wasn’t very long. Here is the view from up there:
It’s absolutely breathtaking; the pictures don’t do it justice. You can see for miles all the way around. The elevator to the top and back down is really cool, too because you can still see all around you between the bars of the structure.
Something beautiful that I never got photos of is the twinkling lights on the Eiffel Tower. In the evening every hour on the hour, the tower lights sparkle for five minutes. Here are some similar photos of it at night from a boat on the Seine River.
Even though my experience with the Eiffel Tower wasn’t traditional, it was incredibly humbling. Being at the bottom and staring up at its enormity is something I’ll never forget. It was a great life lesson, too – you’ve got to learn to roll with the punches.
Have you been to the Eiffel Tower or seen the catacombs in Paris? What was your experience like? Have you seen As Above, So Below? Share with me in the comments!