We grabbed a quick cheese sandwich on our street and snapped our first Parisian selfie. Incidentally, that cheese sandwich we bought (had like three kinds of cheese on it) haunts my dreams, it was so good! I wish I'd asked the lady what kind of cheese it was! I guess I'll never know.
The Eiffel Tower was built for the world's fair on 1889 by a bridge-builder named Gustave Eiffel. Originally they planned to take it down after the fair, but they liked it so much that they decided to leave it up permanently. It's 1,063 feet tall, and the base straddles an area of 3.5 acres.
When we arrived to the ticket line at the base of the tower, it was almost nonexistent! I think we got lucky because the rain had just cleared up. Score! So instead of waiting three hours to get up inside, we only waited about 20 minutes (and half of that was just waiting for the elevator).
We took the elevator up to the second tier, and then immediately hopped the second elevator up to the very top. I actually had to close my eyes on the ride to the VERY top because it was SO high, ha ha!
But the views from the top were fantastic. This picture is looking out over the Seine River.
Then we crossed the street towards the Trocadero for another great view, just as the sun was setting and a rainbow appeared behind the tower. So beautiful!