Place du Trocadero, Eiffel Tower
Day 6. November 18th, 2019.
Place du Trocadero and Eiffel Tower, Paris.
I’ve decided to visit the one and only wrought-iron lattice tower, the Eiffel Tower, on my last day in Paris. So, I left the hotel early that morning and went to Place du Trocadero. The intention was to view the Eiffel Tower as a whole. 😁
For your information, this place was highly recommended in most of the travel blogs. You can find a lot of photos that were taken around this Instagrammable spot. You know, that kind of cool poses that they did with the Eiffel Tower.
I was influenced by them too. 🙈
I was literally climbed on the pavement walls and took as many photos as I can. Then, it rained. 😒
An introduction of Place du Trocadero.
The Trocadéro is composed of several gardens and buildings built for the 1937 Universal Exhibition. It is a monumental ensemble visited by lots of people every year. The Trocadero Gardens are open to the public. With a surface area of nearly 94,000 m2 (1,011,807 sq. ft.), the Trocadéro is also home to the Chaillot Palace which itself has several museums, gardens, a square, and an underground aquarium. One finds diverse garden sculptures dating from different periods whereas the Trocadéro Square, built-in 1869, is a vestige of the Second Empire. In fact, the name Trocadéro comes from a battle led by Napoléon Bonaparte in Spain on August 31, 1823.
[Source: Champ-de-Mars and the Trocadero in Paris]
It was the day that I finally climbed the Eiffel Tower.
(And… it had to rain, right?😑)
From the Place du Trocadero, I went to the Eiffel Tower itself. It was raining but I still queued up for the ticket.
(Yeah. I know it was crazy.)
I just had to climb the tower, guys. It was my last day and I had to make the itinerary came true. Haha!
It was extremely cold! The weather was unbearable. Yet, I still waited for almost an hour to get a ticket. 😅
I’m not really sure why I didn’t book the entrance ticket earlier. I wouldn’t have to wait in the rain if I had booked it online. 🙄
I can choose whether I want to take the stairs or the elevator to reach the Second Floor or the Summit.
(You can view the options from The Official Eiffel Tower website.)
For me, I chose the elevator to the Second Floor.
I’ve read somewhere that the Second Floor’s view is already stunning.
(Plus, I wouldn’t sacrifice myself for the freezing weather. 😄)
It sure did! The view was amazing!
Paris was so beautiful 116 meters from the ground. I can see every buildings and monuments from the viewing balcony. I’ve been locating every places that I’ve gone during my 6 days in Paris. 🥰
Well, you would find most of my photos are gloomy due to the rain. Nevertheless, I am still in love with Paris. I love the view.
Paris is spectacular! 💯
Why was the Eiffel Tower built?
In 1889, Paris hosted an Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) to mark the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. More than 100 artists submitted competing plans for a monument to be built on the Champ-de-Mars, located in central Paris, and serve as the exposition’s entrance. The commission was granted to Eiffel et Compagnie, a consulting and construction firm owned by the acclaimed bridge builder, architect and metals expert Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel.
Why was the Eiffel Tower became permanent?
Originally intended as a temporary exhibit, the Eiffel Tower was almost torn down and scrapped in 1909. City officials opted to save it after recognizing its value as a radiotelegraph station. Several years later, during World War I, the Eiffel Tower intercepted enemy radio communications, relayed zeppelin alerts and was used to dispatch emergency troop reinforcements. It escaped destruction a second time during World War II: Hitler initially ordered the demolition of the city’s most cherished symbol, but the command was never carried out.
[Source: Eiffel Tower]
Finally, to summarize my Paris trip, I LOVE the city! 😍
It was something different from what I used to experience in Asia countries.
(Yes! It was my first visit to a European country. ✈)
The buildings, the architecture, the gardens, the palace, the paintings, and the Eiffel Tower.
They did ask me,
“Why didn’t you travel to London too? It is very near to Paris.“
My opinion is you should spend a few days in Paris itself. They are so many places that you can visit. I think 5 days were not enough for me! I missed out a few places from my itinerary. 😓