Queuing for the Eiffel Tower

It had been teasing in the background for most of the trip. And when it was finally time to visit the Eiffel Tower,  I was like a child in a sweet shop…

We arrived on the Paris Metro at the Alma-Marceau station.

From here it is only a short walk to the Eiffel Tower, following the River Seine along Avenue de New York – past the Alma Tunnel where Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were in a fatal car crash in 1997.

Then we crossed the Port d’Lena bridge, with Gustave Eiffel’s famous tower directly in front of us.

There were tourists taking turns to snap photographs and we did a customary deal with a couple of Americans to capture each other’s shots. The American guy (who must have been in his seventies) got down to his knees, presumably in order to get the whole of the tower behind us.

I returned the favour and made sure they had the whole tower in there.

Unfortunately, on closer inspection later, the top of the tower had been missed off and we were like two dark shadows – way past the photo-shopping point of return.

We joined the back of the long queue to get tickets to take us to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Some people just get the lift to the second floor, but we thought we might as well go all the way to the top. The views at the top were great.

But, with the benefit of hindsight, I would have settled for the views from the bottom. This was because there was simply too much queuing. It was around 11am on a Monday, so maybe there are better times to go. But there was even a massive queue for those who had special passes.

We spent hours waiting.

There was a queue to purchase tickets, another queue to wait for the lift to the second floor, a queue on the second floor for the lift to the top. By the time we reached the top it was so busy and we were so cold that we just wanted to get back down again.

Trouble was we had to follow the same queuing theme on the way back down.

If you do want to climb the tower, just make sure you research the best time to do it in terms of the crowds.

When we finally got back down to earth we decided to enjoy the Eiffel Tower from the other angle – walking along the Champ de Mars.

This is without doubt the most pleasing on the eye way to see the tower. These lush public gardens are the perfect forefront for taking those all-important Eiffel Tower photographs.