It is only when you are standing under the Eiffel Tower that you truly understand the sheer magnitude of it.
I decided that walking the tower steps would be a worthwhile experience. After all, not many people can say that they walked the Eiffel Tower. I only saw six people braving the steps before I purchased my ticket, but I just assumed there were several more people out of sight. It turned out that walking the tower wasn’t as popular as you’d think.
It only costs 4 € to walk to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower and another 4 € to go to the top.
I stood in line for 5 minutes before paying for the challenge ahead.
Maybe this isn’t the best idea. I wonder how many flights it is? I wonder how many steps it is?
There are 328 steps to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. I know this because I counted every one of them. When I reached the first viewing platform, lots of things ran through my mind. You would think my first thought would have been, “Wow! This is beautiful,” but it wasn’t.
I’m just going to take the elevator back down. This was stupid! Why would I think I could do this? I wonder if anyone has ever had a heart attack on the platform of the Eiffel Tower?
As I sat on the first seat that I could find, and regulated my breathing, I watched a child come up the stairs and run to the edge for the view. I wished I still had that kind of energy and enthusiasm.
It may have taken extra time to appreciate the surroundings, but when I finally stood at the rail and looked around, I was stunned at the beauty and culture that filled every inch of the panoramic view. The Eiffel Tower is the most famous symbol of Paris and I was standing at the heart of it.
After another 341 steps, the last step before the second floor is labeled 669, I reached the second platform. I had to stop two times and I thought about going back, but I made it. It was rather windy and cool, but I had accomplished something. Sure, I could have taken the elevator and enjoyed the ride, but for the rest of my life, I could tell people that I walked as high as a person can walk on the Eiffel Tower. I had a bird’s eye view of Paris and it was exhilarating.
No trip to Paris would be complete without seeing it from the top. From ancient ruins to distant pasts, it can all be experienced from the Eiffel Tower. It was only during the second set of stairs that it sunk in that I was in Paris and I certainly had time to reflect during the 669 steps down to the base of it.