Sunday, August 14, 2005

Lots of stairs

Mean Emily made me walk up the stairs of the Eiffel Tower!

Well, OK, she didn't really make me, she just pointed out the size of the elevator line vs. the stairs line and we agreed that the shorter stairs line looked much more tempting. :)

The Eiffel Tower has three levels. The lowest level is fairly wide and has a cafe and sometime back in the 60's even had an ice rink that was visited by a skating bear from the Moscow Circus...

It's a lot of stairs and every few landings there was a poster describing some historical event or weird fact about the Eiffel Tower (hence my bear knowledge.) It was about 330 stairs to the first level and then another 3 or 400 to the middle level. From there, you had to wait in a LONG line to take the elevator to the top (no stairs option). Since the middle level is already pretty high up, we were content to walk around taking photos from there. My photos below show the Seine River, the Louvre, and the gardens next to the Eiffel Tower.


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