Photo by Julian BrownThough the tower's spectacular lighting is a modern-day addition
(ten minutes, every hour on the hour), day or night the Eiffel's construction
never fails to impress, even those who see it every day (and night).
|It's hard to grasp the scale of|
Eiffel's edifice until you've stood
in line for an hour or two beneath it,
waiting to buy tickets under one
of the tower's four massive legs.
|Just one of two lines waiting to buy tickets to the top. Not surprisingly, |
the line for tickets to the stairs is considerably shorter.
|Yes, the steps are numbered.|
|By today's standards, the massive base may well be more |
impressive than the tower's height.
|They aren't kidding.|
|An inclined elevator for those not inclined to take the inclined stairs.|
Copyright, Jim LaneThe separate entrance to the Jules
Verne Restaurant on Level 2.
|Lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel. The view|
is included in the price.
|Dinner at the Jules Verne Restaurant|
on the second level
Copyright, Jim LaneThe top of the tower, Eiffel's view
looking down on its lower level tourists.
The top of the tower, contains two levels (below, left), the lower one for the general public to gape at the surrounding urban landscape (left), the upper one originally housing a private apartment (below, right) for Eiffel himself and a few early visitors such as Thomas Edison, the Prince of Wales, Sarah Bernhardt, and "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Eiffel turned down repeated requests to rent the apartment to others, even for one night. Being a scientist and engineer, besides entertaining special guests, Eiffel conducted various scientific experiments dealing with wind velocity and the thermal expansion of cast iron. In 1910, other scientists used the top level laboratory to study radiant energy. They found more at the top than expected, and in the process discovered what are today known as cosmic rays. Today we can look in to see the apartment decorated with period furniture and wax figures depicting Eiffel and Thomas Edison.
|A period photo of Eiffel's private apartment|
at the top of the tower.
Copyright, Jim LaneA scale model displays the top
two levels of the tower.
|Wax figures of Edison and Eiffel. In|
visiting, Edison gave Eiffel one of his
newest inventions, a phonograph.
Copyright, Jim LaneA composite shot of the Paris skyline from the second level.
Copyright, Jim LaneLooking down.