I have not been big on fitness, not then and not now. Thus, climbing up the Eiffel Tower would not be on top of my “Things to do” list. However, queue/queuing makes my Top 10 Pet Peeves. So, what did I do one European summer when I was in Paris for a day and a half or so on my own and the waiting time to get to the top of Eiffel Tower via the elevator was at least 2 hours? (Or was it actually not functioning at all that morning? I can’t accurately remember; it was a long time ago.)
I braved the stairs! Yes, I climbed the awesome Paris landmark. This was and first and last time I took about 700 steps (give or take). Not only did I not mind the grueling exercise, I was happy I did. It was well worth it. The tower and I bonded as I staggered and wobbled on my way to the second level. The top can only be reached via the tower lift.
Apart from the sheer awesomeness of the experience of climbing, the views from up the Eiffel Tower helped me forget, almost immediately, that I had tired legs and feet.
If I had to do it again, I will still skip the elevator to the second floor but take it to take me the top (as the third floor cannot be reached on foot). I can only imagine the feeling and the views from atop La Tour Eiffel. There are other two things I’d do differently; I will not go alone and I will stay in Paris for longer.