Paris 2014: Paris is the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower stands in the 7th arrondissement of Paris and except for the Golden Dome of Les Invalides under which Napoleon lies forever and Rodin’s garden across the street where Rodin lies forever it is just about the only thing worthwhile seeing in the seventh. And you can see it from just about anywhere in the 7th arrondissement. Or for that matter also from just about anywhere in the 1st, 5th, 6th, 8th, 15th or 16th arrondissements.

The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Worlds Fair and was completed in less than three years. It was supposed to be demolished 20 years after the fair but Parisians would not have it. After all, it is something to look at, especially at night when it is all lit up. And millions of tourists flock to Paris every year just to see the Eiffel Tower. 97.5% of all the souvenirs bought by tourists are either miniature Eiffel Towers or contain an image of La Tour Eiffel.*

For 41 years the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world. Then the Chrysler Building in New York surpassed it. You can climb to the top or take an elevator. You can eat there. All those things cost money. Lots of money. Or you could just look at the tower. That’s free.

You can see the Eiffel Tower from the Pantheon in the 5th arrondissement…

View from the front steps of the Pantheon.

View from the front steps of the Pantheon.

From the Luxembourg Garden in the 6th arrondissement…

Luxembourg Garden view.

Luxembourg Garden view.

From the Champ de Mars in the 7th arrondissement…

The Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars.

The Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars.

From the Carrousel and Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre in the 1st arrondissement…

The Carrousel Gardens near the Louvre.

The Carrousel Gardens near the Louvre.

From the Trocadero in the 16th arrondissement…

The Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero across the river.

The Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero across the river.

You can even walk right underneath the tower.

Underneath the Eiffel Tower.

Underneath the Eiffel Tower.

One day we walked from our apartment two blocks to Rue de Vaugirard (the longest street in Paris) and then nine more blocks to the hotel on Rue de Rennes where our Irish cousins were staying. Then we walked two more blocks to Montparnasse and hopped on the 82 bus that took us to the Champ de Mars area.

Our Irish cousins at the Peace Memorial on the Champ de Mars. The word "peace" is written in over a hundred languages.

Our Irish cousins at the Wall for Peace Monument on the Champ de Mars. The word “peace” is written in thirty-two languages and twelve alphabets.

After walking all around and under the tower we had lunch by the Seine (the food was pretty terrible and so was the service — maybe we should have gone up to the restaurant on the tower’s first level) while we waited for the next boat to take us up the river to the Ile de Saint-Louis. These next two photos are from that boat cruise.

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Seine.

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Seine.

On our cruise up the river Seine.

On our cruise up the river Seine.

We never got to the top of the tower but a fellow blogger named Marty did. See the view from the top on his blog here.

OK, Paris is more than the Eiffel Tower. It is also the Pantheon, the Luxembourg Garden, the Champ de Mars, the Louvre, the Trocadero, and the river Seine. She is also an old lady called Our Lady (Notre Dame) and a young lady in the Louvre who has a mystic smile. I’ll have more about them in future postings.

* I made this up.

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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