Back in March 2015 was my first trip to Paris, I say first as I definitely intend to return. The beauty of the city blew me away and at the centre piece of it all was the magnificent Eiffel Tower, I spent the entire 4 days being in awe of it. I’ve seen a few of the world wonders including the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Christ the Redeemer, Chichen Itza and the Eiffel Tower is up there with the best of them.
I stayed at the Mecure hotel which was in the perfect location being a stone throw away from the Eiffel Tower, the Hotel itself was nice, modern and at a cheap price. I would recommend it to anyone looking to stay central on a budget.
As soon as I checked in the first thing I did was head straight over to the Tower, it’s arguably the most recognised structure in the world and I’ve seen it a 100 times in pictures and on the TV but I never expected it to be so big! It dominates Paris and its presence is ever lingering wherever you go in the city.
I must have taken a 100 pictures of it in total from every angle so this blog is a collection of a few of my favourites. There’s many ways to experience the Big E, the ones I did and recommend include:
- By Foot
- By Fine Dining
- By Boat
Let’s start with the basics – The best, easiest and cheapest (and by cheapest I mean free) way to experience it is by foot. The surrounding park is lovely and surprisingly chilled, it’s not hard to find a secluded bench or spot on the grass to relax and take in the sights.
By Fine Dining
We opted for Lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel (in the Eiffel tower itself) which I highly recommend; we booked tickets in advance for 40 Euros per person which included a 3 course meal and a glass of wine, the price also included entry onto the viewing decks.
We we’re luckily enough to be seated by a window so had a great view over looking Paris, I don’t think the experience would be quite as memorable if we we’re seated in the centre of the restaurant with no view.
So you’ve eaten in the Eiffel Tower which is great, the only problem is that although the view is great it doesn’t include the Eiffel Tower itself. So you need to find a great restaurant in the evening with the view. The one we found was a restaurant boat located on the river just opposite, you simply cross the bridge and walk down the steps and there it was, an affordable restaurant with great views on the Tower. We paid 60 Euros which include 2 starters, 2 mains and a bottle of wine.. bargain! And the food was great!
By Boat is the best way to see Paris! Especially if you’re drinking champagne on said boat! Our boat ride of choice only cost 20 Euros and included 1 free glass of champagne. Other highlights of the boat ride including sailing past Notre Damn and the river Seine is full of amazing architecture and bridges.