Paris is a beautiful city, no matter what you angle of perception is. Today what we see as the French Capital is an old city telling us the tales that spread over thousands of years.
The sky was clear and the sun was smiling warmly, when I arrived at the site of Eiffel Tower, the famous icon of Paris. It was not the first time to pay homage to genius of Gustave Eiffel, the man who conceived and constructed that iron structure in less than two years. But certainly it was the first time I was going to see how beautiful Paris look from the top of that tower.
On that day two lifts were working to take the visitors to the top of Eiffel Tower. One lift which took the tourists from the ground level, had a very long line in front of it. As I calculated, the queue was moving quite slow and it could take around 3 hours to arrive before the ticket window. However, on the other side, the story was completely opposite. What I saw was that people who bought the tickets they were not using the lift, rather they were climbing the stairs up. I was not sure if I could go to the top of Eiffel Tower only by stairs. So as I arrive at the ticket office, I asked if with that ticket I can go to the top.
I was told that I can go up taking the stairs to 2nd level and from there I can take free lift to go to the top. I put the required amount in front of him, took the ticket and started my journey towards the top of the tower.
It was neither too difficult nor too easy to go to the 2nd level. Instead of going up continuously, I took breaks at considerable intervals. While I stayed, I looked around, observed the construction of the structure and did photography. One can say it was a sort of fun going up as one could appreciate the symmetrical beauty of the Parisian architecture, gradually leaving behind.
Here are a few photos. If you are planning to go up on Eiffel Tower, you will have an idea how it is going to be like.
Montparnasse Tower can be seen at the end of the picture. The greenery of Chams de Mars is quite visible.
A closer look of the Montparnasse Tower.
The stairs of the tower used to go to the 2nd level.
Eiffel Tower, seen from the 2nd level of Eiffel tower. The journey to the top of the tower is yet to be finished
On the 2nd level, one can find shops and restaurants. Even, there are toilets, free of charge.
The river seine, innocently dividing the city in right and left bank ..
Close up look from the summit of Eiffel Tower
Another look on the city of lights and love. One can see the golden dome of the place called, invalides.
Another picture of the river Seine.
On the way to the top of the tower
One of the pulleys, used to operate the lift
Communication antennas used for the transmission of the signals. This usage had been the most important reason that Eiffel Tower still stands today proudly.
You can see there are lots of antennas. But, tourists are not allowed to go to that part of the tower.
The wax statues of Gustave Eiffel and Edisson, American inventor.