Tuesday, June 5, 2012

La Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower is surrounded by funny signs.  Here it is the English translation that is funny.
I warned the kids not to get lost.

Here it is the apparent frankness of the sign.

It's the picture I like in this one.
I also like that the French word is plucked from English.

There was a giant line for the lift, but no line for the stairs.

The first floor.

The second floor.

Quite a view.

Medusa visits the Eiffel Tower.

The tower invites--demands, even--odd camera angles.

In the elevator.  Everyone rode in reverential silence.  

The champagne shop at the top of the tower.
I have never seen someone selling champagne look so miserable. 
Was it the lack of buyers, or the howling wind?

This is looking up at the very point of the tower.

Eiffel and his daughter had a little apartment at the top of the tower where they hosted important guests...
...like Thomas Edison, shown here on the left.

Looking straight down at the foot of the tower.

You have probably never wondered, but just in case, this is what the toilet at the top of the Eiffel Tower looks like.

Going down.

Waiting for the elevator after having purchased tchotchke from 
The Society for Exploitation of the Eiffel Tower.

Back on the ground.

Feeding birds again.

Apres tour eclair.

Getting it all down.



  1. You are a bunch of rational souls, climbing up there and looking so calmly down. I am terrified -- thankfully your pictures are so gorgeous I will never have to look down with my own eyes. I'll be at the bottom having an eclair.

    The fountains in the park are magical. I hope your knack for being in the right place at the right time continues!

    Tim has departed Paris for Chartres, where he's recovering from food poisoning and discovering the facts of life in France. Like no ice.

    Thank you for sharing all these excellent views.

  2. P.S. I think I figured out the fib comment -- Greta looks like Pinocchio when she has the tower on her nose!

  3. I got nervous at some point. There was a little girl about Greta's age climbing on the cage and a woman was holding up her tiny baby (small enough to go through the holes) and I couldn't look at either of them. The elevator is something else, too. It may be that it was petrified silence. Thank you for figuring out the Pinocchio reference for me!