Paris Eiffel Tower and Seine River cruise is a package tour, if you had come for the Eiffel Tower, a cruise on Seine river should be the next move.
The Eiffel Tower is 324 metres tall. Erected in 1889, it is named after its engineer Gustave Eiffel, for a World’s Fair held then to commemorate the 100 years anniversary of the French Revolution. It has since become an iconic structure recognizable not just in France but the whole world.
The Tower looks small from any pictures you can find, but at the front of it, wow, one would be wondering How Big Is The World! No matter how many pictures you have seen on Eiffel Tower, or how many videos you have watched, nothing comes near to being here yourself. It’s certainly awesome! The place is not very spacious for the many large groups of tourists, but every visitors upon arrival is in an elated mood as if in Disneyland, everyone just couldn’t wait to scale the Tower.
The 2 souvenir shops at Eiffel Tower were pricing their products so much higher, generally about 30-50 % more than the many street peddlers whom we bought from earlier. We got a few here though, due to the happy mood after touring the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower was so fascinating that it was the only attraction we came to visit thrice in the space of 2 subsequent days. First with a guide, the next two trips was on our own.The interesting thing about Eiffel Tower was the prominent French architect and structural engineer, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel was also the second designer for the internal structural of the Statue of Liberty, in America.
The Eiffel tower was so much bigger and taller than what we had imagined prior to the visit.
The 2 souvenir shops at Eiffel Tower. The retailed souvenirs were so much expensive, generally about 30-50 % more than the many street peddlers whom we bought from earlier. We got a few here though, due to the joyous mood after touring the Eiffel Tower.
Statue Of Liberty, America.
The Eiffel Tower is not far away from the iconic Paris Arc De Triomphe.
The streets around Eiffel Tower were line with many conman with playing cards. They would try to gain your attention. In order not to be tempted and lost your money, I suggested simply ignored them and don’t even look at what they were doing at all.
The Metro is just a 5 minutes walk from Eiffel Tower. We never thought it was going to be so convenience, luckily we did not spent it on taxi. Once we know it can be easily access, since our hotel was just a minutes walk from the Metro, we decided to come visit the tower again and again.
In deciding the tour on Eiffel Tower, visitors need to decide how much they want to see, the view at the top was said to be better, the view at the top and 2nd floor is different , but the price is not so much different, though we found that 2nd floor view we went to look good too. But, I actually quite regretted for didn’t take to the top of the Tower.
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Seine River Cruise
The Seine River is just beside Eiffel Tower, it offers a different angles to view not just the Tower itself, but the many master pieces of arts by the side of the river. It’s a pity the cruise did not pause or stop at some scenic places to allow a close appreciation of the many monuments. Since we tour the place on our own, we lack a guide to do a personalized explanation also, though there is a broadcast narration on the cruise.
The view from the Seine River cruise. A visit to Eiffel Tower should be completed with a cruise.
Eiffel Tower at Night
At night the Eiffel Tower looks just as good as the day, but I would prefer scaling the tower in the day as the view at the top of the tower is much visible. At night, the Eiffel Tower sparkles in captivating golden light, the burning bright lights is a feast for photographer.
At night, the Eiffel Tower sparkles in golden light. But I thought it looks burning bright. In the night the Eiffel Tower looks just as good as the day, but I would prefer scaling the tower in the day as the view at the top of the tower is much visible.
Beware of pick pockets at Eiffel Tower
One very important thing to note in touring the place is: Beware Of Pick Pockets. Danger strikes when you’re at you happiest moments. One of our group members almost had her wallet stolen right infront of she and her husband. It doesn’t matter where you are, so long as you’re in the Eiffel Tower itself or around it, be it in the day or at night, danger is always lurking.
These pick pockets are professionals, they operates in groups, we were told that most of them are not locals. The most common tactics is one member will try to either ask you for directions or peddle an attractive souvenir, while the victim’s attention is distracted, the other will slip his hand into your handbags or pockets. Our guide told us that they are so quick that if that is a movie it probably had to be played in the extra slow-motion mode. We were lucky that we had a street-smart guide, and we actually stayed aside to witness how these thieves close-in on their victims, though we didn’t see any successful attempts. The harsh fact about being the victim is usually the victim do not realized the act until minutes or even hours after. The rule of the thumb is: always ignore a stranger who approach you, beside securing your belongings. Secondly, never sway away from the tour group.
Beside pick pockets, there are also many ‘gambling den’ around Eiffel Tower. These are actually simple gambling game either with just a dice or 3 poker cards, operate on a makeshift table or carton. The con man usually operates individually or with a partner. His partner will act as the punter to persuade the potential victim to join him. They will play the game to lure the potential victim into false illusion how much they can win and when the victim is hooked to place the bet, the harsh truth is revealed. Through quick hand or hidden mechanism, they change the result of the bet in lightning quick actions, better than those you had watched in the movie. Again, the same tactics is apply: distraction and illusion. Think about it, if it’s so easy to win, why would the con man want to lose, they aren’t here doing charity right ?
It is very unfortunate that such con man existed here to tarnish the beautiful image of Eiffel Tower, for the victim who lost their money, the bad impression is lasting. Don’t worry, the place is safe so long as you guard your belongings. There is a police car on standby also.
There are a numbers of police officers patrolling the area to nap the troublemaker and pick pockets.
I saw a video on BBC Future which offers an insight of how these pick pockets work, which I think is quite useful in wherever we go.