July 27 2012
Before arriving I knew about the elevator situation. Some of the elevators were down because of repair. This was causing long lines for tickets. I had resigned myself to the fact that I would not be going to the top of the Eiffel. I had decided just to walk to the 2nd level.
After an eight hour plane ride and not sleeping for over 24hrs I thought it would be a smart idea to do the Eiffel Tower first. I have no idea what I was thinking. We took the train from our hotel to the tower. The view approaching the tower was amazing!
We waited on line for the stairs. The line was directly in the sun and we were melting. It was also about to rain so the humidity was ridiculous. I was drained before we even started climbing the stairs. The stairs felt like they never ended. I just wanted to sit down and catch my breath. I kept chugging water. This was so not the thing to do after a long plane ride, lack of sleep, and a time difference.
We finally got to the first level and I sat and rested for a while. When I finally felt like I could move I walked around. The view was beautiful. I took tons of pictures. It was worth the climb. It was a great orientation to the city of Paris. We debated walking to the second level, but I was just way too exhausted.
We spent time shopping at the gift shop. We used the tiny bathroom and started our climb down. It started to drizzle as we walked down. It was cool watching the elevator as we walked down. One couldn’t help but admire the workmanship on the tower