Friday, 30 September 2011

La Grande Dame at dusk

I last went up the Eiffel Tower in 1989. Our kids, aged 6 and 10, who have lived in Paris all their lives have never been up.

Definitely time to ascend La Grande Dame.

We decided to go early evening. The sun was low in the sky. Not a cloud.

When we started queuing, we were looking at this.

45 minutes later as we got to the ticket counter, we were looking at this.

When we got out of the lift at the second level, the sun was setting.

Here's a photo of the Musée de Quai Branly gardens (taken by the 6 year old, I think it's lovely).

Looking up.

We decided to walk down. This was just brilliant (less so if you're in any way vertiginous!). You descend the 674 steps from the second level surrounded by golden girders, trusses, wheels, rivets and bolts. It's spectacular.

You lose a sense of what on earth is going on.

You get to peek out at Paris landmarks. Here is Les Invalides.

And then we were down.


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  1. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to getting my own pictures!

  2. Wow, that's amazing. I went up in June 2011 but never saw the tower at night. Thanks for sharing.

  3. simply gorgeous views. love this post.

  4. Thank-you all for your lovely comments. We were so lucky with the weather, and the timing. Even the 5 very overexcited kids in tow didn't stop me getting some good snaps, which says more about La Grande Dame, than my photography skills. BB