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The Eiffel Tower

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324 metres tall iron lady is not that scary unless you are afraid of hights - what I'm not. In fact, the old tower (built in 1889) feels quite steady.

I knew there would be a long queue although it was kinda off season. It took about two hours to reach the top using lifts. I would have loved to climb up the stairs but my travel buddy was such a lazy ass that I simply couldn't leave him alone! I'm not sure if it was even possible to use the stairs - maybe next time...

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Gustave Eiffel's statue

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Views from the second floor

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To the top...

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...it's windy on the top! And the view - perfect!

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River Seine

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Ivan and me :)

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Brave guys working!

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The stairs downwards! Who needs lifts after all...

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It's a long way to Tipperary and down, it started to become dark.

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Lots of lights everywhere.

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People waiting for the lift upwards.

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The hydraulics of lifts

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The lift shaft.

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Double cabins coming down - did you notice the guy under the cabin???

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Back on the ground!

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annelaure
Sep. 19th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
There are three things that I haven't done in Paris that I really want to do: Get on top of the Eiffel tower, down the catacombs, and the Louvre museum....

Very nice pictures ! :)
korpun
Sep. 20th, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)
What??? Where you have been in Paris!!!! Funny, I summited Eiffel before you :)
annelaure
Sep. 21st, 2011 09:36 am (UTC)
My boyfriend used to live in Paris, so I would go there several times a year, sometimes for weeks... (I had neither a dog, nor a horse at that time...)
Ever since we split, I've been there less often, usually to meet with an "old" friend of mine. It's been a while though that I haven't had the opportunity to go..
korpun
Sep. 21st, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
I see, the boyfriend... you could have some champagne on the top - romantic I think! I didn't take champagne with my boyfriend because we are not a couple ;)
annelaure
Sep. 21st, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
He wasn't that kind of romantic boyfriend... and I'm not a fan of champagne anyway ...
korpun
Sep. 22nd, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
If they sold beer there, I would definately have taken one!
annelaure
Sep. 22nd, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
And they don't? That's so typically arrogant-French ! :)
korpun
Sep. 22nd, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
There's only champagne :(

Edited at 2011-09-22 10:42 pm (UTC)
annelaure
Sep. 26th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Yup, totally arrogant... lol
(Anonymous)
Sep. 20th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
Wow, tose are great! I love the lighting in the pics from the top - and how did you manage such great night pics??
(That question means to express my admiration, not to pry at your creative secrets. (; )
korpun
Sep. 20th, 2011 07:57 am (UTC)
No big secrets, the magic light and some lucky shots I guess :)
rakastaa_him
Sep. 21st, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
Beautiful photos - especially that first one. And what a view!
korpun
Sep. 21st, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
bdgrimaldi
Sep. 21st, 2011 09:55 am (UTC)
Yes, it's possible to take the stairs (till the second platform). We like to do that when we go there, because it's funny and cheaper than the lift.
You took pretty pictures of the view with a lovely light !
korpun
Sep. 21st, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
I came down by the stairs from the second level. It's a shame if you can't climb to the top at all! The light was amazing indeed!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 30th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
lazy ass
It's a sad fact that voice of sanity is so often underappreciated...pretty surely he would have base-jumped from up-level if it were only permitted.

-lazy-
korpun
Sep. 30th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: lazy ass
Who needs permits after all!
bigunen
Oct. 2nd, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
I went to visit it A LOT but never wanted to go up. I just could not go up not because I am afraid of heights (a little but only from slippery steep slopes) but because it felt, I don't know...not the right moment. GORGEOUS PICS
korpun
Oct. 2nd, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Hmm, not the right moment...
bigunen
Oct. 2nd, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, yes. I had some weird woowoo experiences in Paris. I wanted to go up with someone not alone (I know, there are a thousand people going up there at all times). BUT, that is what happened. I chose to visit it and cry under the Eiffel Tower.
bigunen
Oct. 2nd, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
And sometimes I would have a Kir Royale at the cafe by my apartment and have the perfect view of the Tower lighting up at night.
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