Awaken To The Eiffel Tower

Bonjour mes amis,

The Eiffel Tower, erected for the Paris Exposition of 1889, does not need any tempting to be visited. When in Paris, whether it is your first or subsequent trip, take a new look at it and experience it’s beauty in a different way.

Whether you’re a thrill seeker wishing to soar into the clouds and boast out loud at the very pinnacle or wish to climb the first seven hundred and four steps to the second level, or perhaps just want to glide effortlessly into the above in a glass lift- that’s entirely your choice.

The view is spectacular no doubt.

You do have the opportunity to admire the view while experiencing impeccable cuisine by Alaine Ducasse, if you decide to dine at the famous’ ‘Le Jules Verne’ on the second floor.

You will find it at:

to book a table. It’s wise to book MONTHS before you leave for Paris. That will give you enough time to lift yourself from the floor after reviewing the prices! Once there, there’s no backing out but be ready for a magnificent-often-once-in-a-lifetime-experience!

Naming the restaurant ‘Le Jules Verne’ is so appropiate for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Jules Verne wrote the book  ‘From The Earth To The Moon’ ( as well as others including ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea’ and ‘Around The World In Eighty Days ‘ and so on). Given the fact that Gustave iron made his beautiful iron construction as tall as an eighty one story building -(that’s three hundred and twenty four metres), I would say it’s pretty much to the moon as Parisiens are going to get!

And secondly, Gustave Eiffel spent the last thirty or so years working at the Eiffel Tower with his passion at this stage being aerodynamics and telecommunications and looking generally outwards from a world he had known. I’m certain he would have approved of the name ‘Le Jules Verne’ whose imagination led him to other worlds as well!

Alternatively, you may choose the other restaurant on the first floor. It used to be ‘Altitude 95′ but is now known as ’58 Tour Eiffel’. Book early given it’s unmistakable popularity, as it now caters better for families and groups who are visiting the Tower. It does turn into a really lovely brasserie/restaurant in the evenings, so check out the website for a booking at:

If you don’t want to dine and you really want to examine the Eiffel Tower itself, I would recommend experiencing it by day AND by night. Let me show you the ambience it conjures and how it appears at different times.

With a hamper of wonderful french cheeses, a baguette, your favourite gourmet delights and a bottle of wine, arrange a picnic on the lawn nearby.

That reminds me of Omar Khayyam’s poetry (originally written in Persian):

“Here with a loaf of bread beneath the bough

A flask of wine, a book of verse-

And thou beside me singing in the wilderness

And wilderness is paradise enow”.

This may be just a corner of Paris, but the experience can be simply sublime. (No wonder Paradise has PARIS in it!)

Take your time to walk right under and around the back of the tower to see local toddlers riding their bikes and swinging in the small enclosed playground…

or feed the  ducklings in the small body of water just under neath.

You can always arrive in style darlings and take a horse and carriage ride around the Eiffel Tower and perhaps venture further into Paris. Some or these tours last for up to two hours. ( I’ve already told you of my fabulous experience in a horse and carriage at Versaille, so I can highly recommend it!)  Most of the time, you don’t have to book these rides at all- just turn up and have a chat to the carriage man! Prices are usually displayed on a board nearby.

During the evening, you can still enjoy a picnic under the stars depending upon the weather. Take a look at what you’ll see if you do.

Aah, when seven thousand tonnes of iron turn into a three hundred and twenty four metre blissful glow piercing the night sky, it makes for one very romantic setting for a picnic and more!

I can only say that Gustave Eiffel’s mother must have been one very proud mum!

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

4 Responses to “Awaken To The Eiffel Tower”

  1. LYNNE o'NEILL Says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey. I have just spent an hour looking and dreaming. Of course I should have been Quilting but life is to enjoy.
    Again thank you for this wonderful site.
    Cheers Lynne

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