Eiffel Tower, a global icon and one of the major tourist attractions of Paris is surely a must visit. Its almost impossible not to visit the Eiffel Tower when you are in Paris! This 324 meters tall structure has three levels, that is the First Floor – 57 m, Second Floor – 115 m and the Summit (Third Floor) – 276 m above ground level . The first two floors are accessible both by stairs and elevator, though to reach the Summit, you need to take the elevator from the second floor. Normally there is a long queue to visit these various floors. So to avoid the queue, I booked the tickets in advance from the Official Ticket Office to visit the Summit, but I got the time slot of 9:30 PM. I was not very happy with it initially as I was visiting in the month of November and I knew it would be quite cold. But left with no other choice, I had to opt for it!
I wanted to have a look at the Eiffel tower in the day light as well. The day I had the reservation, it was extremely cold and windy and I could get a view of only 1/3 rd of the Eiffel Tower initially!
Looking at the crazy weather I was in a dilemma whether to come back at 9:30 PM or not. Though later I decided to brace the cold by adding lots of layers and I guess it was a good decision. Not only did I get a clear 360 degree panoramic view of Paris from the Summit, but also the entire experience was totally worth it! At the Summit, as expected it was extremely windy and it was really difficult to take a picture without shaking a bit.
On the second floor and first floor of Eiffel Tower, there are restaurants and souvenir shops. On the first floor there is a section made up of glass floor which gives you a good view of the ground floor. That was a good experience to walk 57 m above the ground on a transparent floor!
On the whole it was a beautiful experience, one which I would cherish for a long time!