The Symbol of Paris

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 I’m going to punch somebody, or throw their selfie stick off the side, whichever I feel like more in the moment.

Oh my goodness, I haven’t seen this many Americans in one place in four months. I think there are more Asians here than in actual Asia!

Hold me back, that guy just straight up cut in front of me. Stupid people, no one else is going to fit.

You’re welcome for that little sneak peak into my mind, while we were loading into the elevator for the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. 

I don’t know if you guys could tell this by my subtle hinting at it, but the Eiffel Tower is a major tourist attraction. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Paris, which is saying something.

Now picture this: Impatient Americans and French people shuffling through the security line.

People everywhere trying to sell you tiny statues of the Eiffel Tower and rainbow selfie-sticks. Amazingly enough, when you tell them no thank you, they stop bothering you. It was magical, opposite of India and Nepal…and Thailand.

Notice tons of people posing for pictures and trying to capture that perfect shot, but then realizing it’s hard to take a picture right up on a 324 meter tall tower.

After the line for the elevator, we climbed the stairs and waited. Eventually, the lift arrived and a about fifty-million people clambered inside. Squished against an old lady and some random person’s massive backpack, we soared up to the top. 

Let me tell you people, the second floor of the Eiffel Tower is a war zone. It’s chaotic. Almost seven million people visit per year, and it almost felt like they were all visiting the same day we were. But seriously, who goes to the Eiffel tower to see the view? We all go, whether we admit it or not, to take that perfect Instagram; to pose in ridiculous fashions and show your friends. We have all fallen to the mighty warrior called social media, and the sad thing is most of us don’t even know it’s happened. One thing I’ve learned traveling, we are ruled by one thing and one thing alone, the people. People who are going to see our pictures, our posts, and our failure if we get less likes and followers than all the other travel accounts. Oh well…

I’m not supposed to just go on about our experience, you must learn. So here are some things, you probably didn’t know (thanks to a fun facts website).

We were confused by the strange French words engraved all around the outside. Turns out those were the names of the many scientists and engineers who helped construct the amazing tower. 

You can also build your own Eiffel Tower. Thank you Lego company, thank you from the children of the world. 

If you’re on a tight budget you could skip the lift and take the stairs, all 1,665 of them. When we were there though, you could only climb the stairs to the second floor, not to the very top.

A few years back in 1905, a newspaper put together this big stair climbing contest. A.M Forristier won. It only took him three minutes and a few seconds to climb the seven-hundred and something steps to the second floor. I think I would just pass out and die at the three-hundredth step.

The Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris, this romantic city. It’s plastered on hundreds of girl’s tee-shirts, umbrellas, blankets. Basically, if you see the word “Paris” written on something, the Eiffel Tower is probably drawn next to it. It’s incredible, and gave us perfect photo opportunities. You’re welcome travel blogging universe, another picture of the Eiffel Tower. – Ella

4 Responses

  1. Alan Jakes

    Pa says he thinks you might have a little of his personality or you’ve been n Europe to long!

    • Chrishicks5

      Lol, no question, Evelyn says it’s me, but she doesn’t know I got it from Pa 🙂

  2. Nissa

    David read the first sentence of this entry and said this is definitely Ella!😂

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