Due to the fact the Gustave Eiffel was only given a permit for
the Eiffel Tower to stand for 20 years, as it passed to the city, but because it became
valuable as a communications resource, it was allowed to remain in place even after the
permit had expired, and because the Eiffel Tower was originally meant to be a temporary
structure, it now has to be repainted every 7 years, just to stop this famous monument
Taking the steps is not for the feint hearted, as the actual count of stairs includes 9
steps to the ticket booth at the base of the Eiffel Tower, 328 steps to the first level,
340 steps to the second level, and 18 steps to the lift platform on the second
level. And when exiting the lift at the third level, there are another 15 more steps
to ascend to the upper observation platform. Whether you think this a good idea or
not, the actual step count is printed periodically on the side of the stairs to give you
an indication of your progress and there are a total of 710 steps!!
At least you can always have dinner at the Altitude
95 restaurant to catch your breath before going back down to the bottom, or if you are
more energetic than most! then you could go ice skating, which has been held at the Eiffel
Tower every winter since 2004!
Even if people hadn't heard of the Eiffel Tower
before, if they like James Bond movies, then they were sure to know of it after the 1985
movie A View to a Kill as James Bond chases May Day played by actress Grace Jones at the
Eiffel Tower as she parachuted from the tower, plus the video of the movie's theme song
also included several scenes of the pop group Duran Duran staged on the tower.
So if you haven't ever had the opportunity to visit the Eiffel Tower, then it is well
worth the effort, as the views over Paris as you are ascending is breath taking and a
sight you will not forget, but do not forget to take your camera!