After a whole day spent on the outskirts, the next day we roamed the city once more. From this point on, our itinerary is more chilled. If the past few days were gloomy, that particular day it was super sunny — very fortunate because we planned on admiring the Eiffel Tower once more!
[heading h=”h3″ font=””]How the Eiffel came about[/heading]
When I came back from Paris, a friend at work who’s seen the Eiffel made a comment:
“So what do you think of the Eiffel Tower? It’s just a besi buruk kan!”
Our former manager overheard and felt offended. She then gave a mini lecture on how we’re supposed to know the history to appreciate it. I’ve said this many times in my previous posts, so I wholeheartedly agree!
To mark the 100th year since the French Revolution, the state sort of opened a tender to anyone’s who’s interest to build a monument near the Champs de Mars. Hundreds of artists laid out their plan, but Alexander-Gustave Eiffel’s was chosen. Construction began in the 1889 and ended within two years. At the time of completion, it held the spot as the tallest tower in the world.
Think it’s an eyesore? You’re not alone. The people back then hated the tower. The Eiffel was heavily criticized — some said it had an unsound structure, some didn’t think it was reflective of the French taste. As put by Phoenix’s 1901:
“Watch them build up a material tower, think it’s not gonna stay, anyway I think it’s over rated.”
It was meant to be a temporary exhibition (considering the effort it takes to build it, can you believe?!) and was scheduled to be torn down after ten years, but it was saved after they discovered that the tower is more useful than they thought. For example, it became the spot for scientific experiments involving energy and waves and worked well as a radiotelegraph station. The tower helped intercept the radio communications of enemies during the world wars.
Over time, the people of Paris started appreciating the Eiffel. Today, it’s where the biggest celebrations are held and it’s also the most visited monument in the world. Who doesn’t know the iconic Eiffel?
[heading h=”h3″ font=””]The best spot to admire the Eiffel[/heading]
At first we planned on going up to the tower, but the queue was horribly long. Apparently if you want to go up on your own, it’s best if tickets are bought online before hand, else going up is near impossible. But meh, screw it. We’ll just admire the Eiffel from a distance.
The best place to capture the Eiffel isn’t from the ground (especially when you’re so close to it). We had to go somewhere higher. I used to wonder where fashion bloggers do shoots with a clear view of the Eiffel. Well this is it, the best spot for a good shot of the Eiffel — Esplanade du Trocadero. It’s an open square facing the Eiffel, just a 10-minute walk from the tower.
Here’s the view that awaited us:
A gorgeous panoramic view, with the Eiffel Tower right in the middle!
It’s also a good place to take shots of yourself with the tower.
Ooh. You might want to consider staying connected by roaming with the Maxis Data Roam Pass. Just RM38 a day, available in 106 countries. How else can you navigate your way here and post your gorgeous pictures of the Eiffel Tower on Instagram in real time? Hehe.
To get a good view of the Eiffel, head to Esplanade du Trocadero. Be early — you might be able to avoid the crowd and take better pictures! To reach to the square, hop off at the Trocadero station: