Trip Report: Paris (part 13) Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer

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Introduction
LOT Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Hotel du Louvre
The Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and adding our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
Versailles
French Open (day 1)
French Open (day 2)
Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other Dining options around Paris
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class WAW-ORD
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Eiffel Tower

We actually visited the Eiffel Tower three different times and went inside the tower twice.  The lines were long and we waited maybe 45 minutes to finally get to the elevator.  The tickets were about $20 per person for the elevator line.  We got into line around 9pm and finally got up to the second floor just before 10pm or so.  You have to go through a security check before boarding the elevator.  The entrance for people wanting to take the stairs up was closed and I believe it closes around 6 or 7pm.  I do think the admission price maybe slightly cheaper if you take the stars however.

Once up on the second floor there is a completely separate line for the elevator ride up to the top of the Eiffel Tower.  We decided to walk all the way around the second floor and enjoy the views and skip visiting the top floor altogether.  It was amazing that the sun was setting around 9:40pm in Paris which is late compared to Milwaukee summers.

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View from under the Eiffel Tower

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View from under the Eiffel Tower

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Views from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower

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Views from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower

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My wife from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower

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My wife and I on the Eiffel Tower
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Views of the city from the Eiffel Tower

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The top of the Eiffel Tower from the 2nd floor
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The Roland Garros Tennis Ball hanging from the center of the Eiffel Tower

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Taking the stairs down the inside of the Eiffel Tower

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Views across the river from the Eiffel Tower

After 10pm on the hour the Eiffel Tower has a light show and sparkles for five minutes.  We   took the stairs down and just as we exited the stairwell the lights started sparkling.  Taking the stairs down was quick although kind of scary as you can see through all the gates that are around the stairs.  The benefit is there is no line for the elevator down if you just take the stairs. I just made sure to grab the railings tight on my way down.

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Under the Eiffel Tower during the hourly light show

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Under the Eiffel Tower during the hourly light show

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Light show

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Lots of individual flashes

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Merry-go-round with Eiffel tower in the background

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My wife in front of the Eiffel Tower

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A horribly edited, washed out photo. I tried.

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Just slightly blurry!!! Would have been a good picture!

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Wife and I in front of the tower during the midnight light show

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Wife and I in front of the tower

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We also decided to do a Saturday picnic at the Eiffel Tower as well.  We stocked up at the fancy drug store that was right next to the Radisson Blu Champs Elysees that sold tons of Champagne and bakery.  We bought a bottle of Vueve Cliqout, some fagot’s and a baguette with truffle oil for dipping.  We brought a towel from our hotel room for our blanket and didn’t have any glasses or cutlery!! Kind of a makeshift picnic LOL!!!  The weather on this day was glorious and it was a wonderful day to be sipping champagne on the Eiffel Tower lawn!!  They also had a tennis court set up and a screen for watching the French Open right next to the tower.

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Tennis court and big screen setup outside the Eiffel Tower for the French Open

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My wife enjoying our picnic on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower

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The lawn behind us for our picnic at the Eiffel Tower lawns

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Stay classy! Chugging the champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower

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Enjoying the Champagne 
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Kids playing on the court setup outside the Eiffel Tower

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People watching the French Open on the lawns outside the Eiffel Tower

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Sacre Couer

We also decided to take the metro over to Sacre Couer in Montmartre to see the Basillica.  This area was very crowded with locals and tourists alike!  The Basillica sits high up on a hill in Paris which affords great views of the otherwise flat Paris landscape.   There are lots of stairs here so make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes ladies!  A lot of people come here to watch the sunset so it can be hard to find a place to sit as people start sitting on the steps and anywhere they can.  Again if you come around sunset be prepared for the large crowds.

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Steps leading up to the basillica 

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My wife posing before making the hike up

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The beautiful basillica

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Views of Paris

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Views of Paris

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My wife in front of the basilica gates

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Great views of Paris from up here

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Inside the basilica-no pictures allowed thus this is my only shot

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We enjoyed both the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer.  We didn’t stay very long at Sacre Couer due to the crowds but it is worth a quick visit to see the views.

-pointspinnacle


 

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