My family and I love to visit Paris, and one of our favourite attractions is the Eiffel Tower. My kids love climbing to the top for unparalleled views of Paris, whilst my husband and I enjoy spending some quality time in the amazing restaurants.
A little history
After 125 years in the heart of the city, it's hard to imagine a Paris without the Eiffel Tower, but if the original plans had stuck, this would have been the case. It was named after Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed and built the tower for the 1889 World's Fair, and first opened on March 31st. It was received with mixed reviews from Parisian society, and was only intended to stay up temporarily and has almost been destroyed on several occasions. It managed to survive, though, and has since become emblematic of French culture.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1900.
As the tallest building in Paris, it goes without saying that the views are second to none, but my favourite thing about the Eiffel Tower is the unique dining experience on offer. For a light lunch, then look no further than Le 58 Tour Eiffel for simple, classic fare. But if you're in the mood for something truly special, head up to the second level to Le Jules Verne for some of the finest cuisine you'll find anywhere. End your evening at the top of the tower with a glass of champagne from the newly opened bar, and take in the breathtaking, sparkling cityscape of Paris at night.
In celebration of 125 years
In honour of this momentous occasion, internationally revered composer, Joseph Bertolozzi, has written a piece of music using only notes and sounds gathered from striking different parts of the tower itself. The result draws out the 'voice of the tower', by turning it into a giant percussive instrument, creating a surprising effect.
It is so easy to get to Paris by car, taking less than 3 hours to drive there from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle terminus in Calais. Simply drive out of Le Shuttle and head south on the European Route E15, which will take you directly to the city. Having your car in Paris gives you the freedom to do and see what you want in your own time, as well as opening the possibility of exploring more of France with day trips out of the city.