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Throwback Tuesday Post (TBTP): Every Tuesday, I re-post a past post that I think is relevant and that you’ll enjoy.
This post was originally published on May 20, 2015 and updated on October 8, 2019.
Except for the cables, the original elevators didn’t have to be replaced until 1982. Although there are stairs all the way to the top, the public can only use them as far as the second level above ground. We opted for the elevators. Once on the second level, you have to take separate elevators to get to the top.
I visited Paris for the second time (touch me!) back in 2004 when I was still shooting black-and-white film. Here’s a shot of the Tower at dusk:
Alas, I’ve since gone digital.
After my third trip to Paris (2011), the glass floor you can see in the photo below was installed on the first level above ground in 2014. The other major change I saw was that now you have to pass through a security line/metal detector to get into the Tower. The bags are hand-checked. I’m sure it’s a response to the terrorism in Paris during the past few months. I may have been imagining it, but I think the elevators were less crowded this time around as well.
Note the great weather we had! It was chilly and breezy but the sky was perfect!
Heady, vertiginous shots from the top:
Here you can see the twelve avenues leading into the traffic circle surrounding the Arc de Triomphe. This traffic circle earned the nickname “Circle of Death” among our group during our stay. It’s a mad rush of chaos!
I would recommend you buy your tickets to the Tower in advance, easily done online. Otherwise you have to stand in a very long line just to get a ticket, then stand in another long line to pass security, then another for the elevators. No matter how you get there, just GO!