Of all the beautiful sights, sounds and tastes of Paris, it is the Eiffel Tower that has stood out as its most prominent symbol. It was the tallest building from its inception, as the entry way for the 1889 World’s Fair, until 1930 when the Chrysler building in New York City was erected. Although it has been surpassed in architectural height, it still reins as the ultimate icon of romance.

As I ventured one morning to see it in person, I didn’t realize how close my hotel was to the Eiffel Tower. Following directions and a map given to me by the concierge, I walked to the Champ de Mars. It seemed as I approached this area, the Eiffel Tower arose out of no where.

I could imagine the excitement when it was first revealed at the 1889 World’s Fair.

Here are some of the sights from my chance encounter.

Because I was on this adventure alone, I asked a couple I saw in front of the Eiffel Tower to take my photo.
A cafe on the left that I passed while walking to the Eiffel Tower. On a cool morning, with a hot coffee in hand...looking across to the Eiffel Tower. You have to admit that would be quite the start to a day even if you aren't a morning person.
I had to cross the Seine river in order to get up close and personal.
You can purchase a pass to ride these boats up and down the Seine. A great way to see Paris and visit key destinations.
Sign detailing the ticket prices for climbing up one of the legs of the tower.
The lines forming early Sunday morning.
Of course, the gift shop.

There were long lines at each of the legs of the Eiffel Tower and as tourists were waiting for their turn to climb up this iconic landmark, vendors with miniature replicas of the tower tried to sell them anywhere from 2 to 15 euros.

I did not climb the tower because I had plans to visit museums and art galleries. Also I think the journey would be far more enjoyable in the company of a loved one. However, the tower was very impressive from the ground looking up.

Perhaps the next time I visit, I would have someone to share in the experience. Until then, dear reader, you can share in these photos I took.

Loni Stark
Loni Stark is an artist at Atelier Stark, self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker who has a lifelong passion for technology’s impact on business and creativity. She collaborates with Clinton Stark on video projects for Atelier Stark Films. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite.